The secret origins of the mysterious Heroverse are finally revealed. Miguel finds himself in quite an interesting situation in Dial H For Hero #4, which hits shelves this week. The comic is published by DC Comics’ imprint Wonder Comics, is written by Sam Humphries, illustrated by Joe Quinones, colored by Jordan Gibson, and lettered by Dave Sharpe.
In the previous issue, Miguel and Sam finally arrive at the Justice League Detroit Headquarters hoping to find Superman. However, they run into Snapper Car, one of the sidekicks and poster boys for the Justice League. Snapper tells them that he hasn’t been on good terms with the League and was tasked to watch over the Detroit Headquarters. Meanwhile, the spirit of Mister Thunderbolt is seeking to reunite with his body. He comes up with a plan to distract Sam and Snapper long enough to convince Miguel to free him.
This issue picks up with Miguel inside the mysterious Heroverse. He’s witnessing the secret origins from various superheroes, including Batman and Superman. With help from the Operator, Miguel chases after Mr. Thunderbolt who is up to no good. Along the way, the Operator explains the origins of the Heroverse and what a secret origin really is. Meanwhile, Summer and Snapper Car are trying to figure out a way to save Miguel.
I wasn’t ready for the emotional ride that this issue would take me on. Most of the emotion comes towards the end of the issue, but its effect was really powerful. It deals with Miguel trying to decide what his own superhero origin would be. It calls for a moment of reflection, which puts Miguel in a very uncomfortable situation. It offers an even greater insight as to why Miguel is always having inner conversations with Superman. The intense emotion that this particular section taps into was very unexpected but very much appreciated. Humphries’ writing in this section blends the effects of death and anger in such an intricate way. It made me reflect on my own moments of dealing with loss and how they impacted my own life.
One of the more interesting aspects of this issue is how it chose to talk about origin stories. Humphries’ writing finds a way to intricately break the notions of what would be classified as a secret origin. I’ve always believed that a secret origin was the entire backstory of a hero; their explanation for wanting to be heroic. The explanation this comic offers was very eye-opening and offers a perspective that I haven’t really seen anyone else give. Quinones’ artwork blends well with this explanation and gives a rather unique look at the secret origins’ of other heroes.
The friendship between Sam and Miguel continues to grow with every new issue. They’ve been through a lot in just four issues, but it’s evident that they care for one another. Both have a moment where they reveal to the readers that they care for one another but it seems as if they’re still not ready to admit it to one another. Sam is willing to try something extreme in order to save Miguel. Humphries has done an incredible job with not only defining this friendship but also with not forcing them to be friends.
It’s exciting to know that the comic series was extended for another six issues. Although this issue felt like the story was wrapping up, the end made makes it clear that there’s so much more to be told. Things are looking quite grim for both Summer and Miguel. I’m excited to see how they manage to deal with their respective dilemmas and what steps they take to become heroes. I have no doubt that the creative team will deliver another phenomenal six issues.
Dial H For Hero #5 is available now wherever comic books are sold.
Dial H For Hero #4
Although this issue felt like the story was wrapping up, the end made makes it clear that there’s so much more to be told.