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YMMV / Dial H for Hero

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  • Cult Classic: Dial H may not have sold enough to last beyond 16 issues, but it's still regarded as one of the few genuinely enjoyable comics to have emerged out of the mess that was the New 52. Mainly because the series didn't fall into Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy, was self aware about how ridiculous it was while still being both dark and emotional, and for its continuity not falling victim to Executive Meddling like every other title did.
  • Dork Age: It was established in the second series that using the dial turns you into a hero, even if you are a villain. This was ignored in the later versions.
    • Although Dial H seemed to have interpreted the above as the dial not exactly turning you good, but leaving the dialer susceptible to the hero's memories to the point they might lose their sense of self and forget who they were. This is the whole reason Manteau created her masked identity, so she would have an anchor to avoid losing herself in the better identities.
    • In the later stages of Dial H, this is even more explicitly rejected. Centipede is too essentially evil to use a Hero dial, so he gets the Operator to build him a "villain" dial, which reappears in the postscript issue. When discussed as to how X.N. managed to use a Dial despite being a villain, Manteau reasoned that X.N. may have legitimately believed she was a Well-Intentioned Extremist, or at the very least, Centipede may have just been Eviler Than Thou.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Boy Chimney, the first brand new Dial identity, is becoming quite popular.
    • He actually received a cameo in the third issue, where Nelson experiences a memory of Boy Chimney fighting alongside a group of home-themed superheroes called Team House, against a monster called Rake Dragon.
  • The Firefly Effect: The New 52 revival came out during a period where DC refused to publish any more than 52 series at a time, and thus any new series had only a few months to build an audience or get cancelled. Consequently, many readers assumed that Dial H was probably doomed and didn't bother to pick it up.
  • Spiritual Adaptation: Has one in Ben 10, where the plot and heroes dialed take on a Men in Black flavor.

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