Dial H
Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
FormatOngoing series
Publication dateMay 2012 – August 2013
No. of issues16 (#1–15 plus issue numbered #0)
Main character(s)Nelson Jent
Creative team
Created byChina Miéville & Mateus Santolouco
Written byChina Miéville
Penciller(s)Mateus Santolouco (#0-5)
David Lapham (#6-7)
Alberto Ponticelli (#8-16)
Inker(s)Mateus Santolouco (#0-5)
David Lapham (#6-7)
Dan Green (#8-16)
Letterer(s)Steve Wands (#0-9)
Taylor Esposito (#10-16)
Colorist(s)Richard Horie & Tanya Horie (#0-16)
Allen Passalaqua (#12)

Dial H is a DC Comics superhero title launched in 2012 as part of the second wave of The New 52. It is a contemporary, frequently humorous take on the Silver Age title Dial H for Hero. It was written by novelist China Miéville, featuring artwork primarily by Mateus Santolouco and Alberto Ponticelli with Brian Bolland as the cover artist.[1][2]


The comic tells of an out-of-shape man named Nelson Jent discovering that dialing H-E-R-O at a mysterious phone booth will transform him into unique, though short-lived, superheroes. Each time creates a new persona with a new set of powers, eventually returning him to his normal self.[3]

DC Comics cancelled the title, concluding with issue #15 in August 2013.[4] An epilogue issue titled Justice League #23.3 Dial E was released as part of Villains Month initiative.[5][6]

Collected editions


  1. ^ Alex Carr (April 23, 2013). "Omni Exclusive: China Miéville on Dial H and the Superhero B-List". Amazon. Archived from the original on January 9, 2014. Retrieved January 9, 2014.
  2. ^ Kushins, Josh (January 12, 2012). "DC Comics in 2012–-Introducing the "Second Wave" of DC Comics The New 52". DC Comics. Retrieved January 9, 2014.
  3. ^ Dial H #1 (July 2012)
  4. ^ "DC Comics' Full August 2013 Solicitations". Newsarama. May 13, 2013. Retrieved January 9, 2014.
  5. ^ Andy Khouri (September 16, 2013). "China Mieville's 'Dial H' Says Final Goodbye With 20-Artist 'Dial E' Issue For Villains Month [Special Wordless Preview]". ComicsAlliance. Archived from the original on January 9, 2014. Retrieved January 9, 2014.
  6. ^ Hennon, Blake. "DC Villains Month: 'Justice Leagues' revealed; Greg Pak on Darkseid". Hero Complex. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 9, 2014.