When it comes to the subject of DC Comics' "Villains Month" -- whereby every title in the publisher's New 52 line of superhero books is being "taken over" by a supervillain -- most of the conversation seems to focus on arcane retailing controversies about the initiative's 3-D covers or reader debate about questionable character revamps. What really got our attention was Dial E, the villain takeover issue of Justice League #23.3, a comic that's distinct because it serves as a coda to one of DC's best series in years, the recently concluded Dial H created by China Miéville and Mateus Santolouco about Nelson Jent, a schlubby bro who temporarily becomes a brand new and occasionally universe-traversing superhero when he dials "H-E-R-O" on a mysterious phone-like device. Dial E is an auspicious sendoff for the quirky and acclaimed series, one that features 20 pages each drawn by a different artist. Many of them are ComicsAlliance favorites like Jock, Emma Rios, Frazer Irving, Sloane Leong and. Annie Wu.
Courtesy of DC, we've got advance looks at five artists' pages, but even better, they're without any letterings so you art fans can enjoy their great work without any obfuscations. Additionally we're pleased to preview the first five story pages as well, featuring the words of Mieville and pictures by Mateus Santolouco, Carla Berrocal, Riccardo Burchielle and Liam Sharp.
As often as it happens in comics, updates are tricky, difficult-to-tame beasts. Any time an old series is dusted off and re-imagined, half the fans are upset that it's not the same as it used to be, and the other half is miffed that it's not new enough...
Out this Wednesday is Dial H #10, the latest issue of award winning writer China Miéville's stellar revival of the cult classic series. In this issue, Nelson and Roxy continue their search for the truth behind the H Dials, as Nelson turns into Glimpse -- the hero you can never fully see -- and battles a confused, anthropomorphic dog with a warhead on his back.
Reading Comics author Douglas Wolk runs down the hottest comics and graphic novels coming out this week.
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^ % THE BULLETPROOF COFFIN DISINTERRED #4
I'm guessing this is the pamphlet-form comic book of this week that people are most likely to gasp at discovering a few decades from now: David Hine and Shaky Kane's loosely coherent salute to weird old comic books goes fully fragmentary, with 84 panels that connect to the ongoing iconography of the project but not, directly, to each other...
We're just weeks away from the launch of the "second wave"ofDC Comics' New 52, and to mark the occasion, the publisher had released all manner of new art from the six new series making their debut in May, both on their official blog and via carefully orchestrated "leaks" to another website...
Blackhawks, Hawk and Dove, Men of War, Mister Terrific, O.M.A.C. and Static Shock are the first cancelations of the New 52, DC Comics' aggressive initiative to reinvigorate its publishing line with an aesthetic overhaul that saw the company launch or relaunch all superhero titles from issue #1...
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