China Miéville is a brilliantly imaginative writer, and secretly might even be one of the smartest people in the world. I’m a big fan of his novels— If I have to pick a favorite, which is hard, I’d say it’s the Hugo Award-winning THE CITY AND THE CITY, a mesmerizing politically charged murder mystery that takes place in two cities that exist in overlapping realities.
When we first met, I was thrilled to discover that China was not only a longtime comics fan, but that he also wanted to take a stab at writing a series as well. And the series he most wanted to write more than anything was DIAL H. So as strange fate would have it, I found myself editing a book for the DC Universe!
Like the other titles in the Dark group, DIAL H takes place on the fringes of the DC Universe. It’s wild, intense, funny, disturbing, and action-packed, featuring a most unlikely hero with unpredictable powers and some of the strangest heroes and villains ever. And that’s just the first issue. Joining China on this title is artist Mateus Santolouco, who has previously drawn a couple of issues of AMERICAN VAMPIRE for Vertigo. Mateus brings a dynamically dark style with some truly wonderful ever-changing character designs for our heroes. He blew us away with his samples, and we’re so pleased that he’s part of this book. And wrapping it all up, is none other than the delightfully twisted Norman Rockwell of comics himself-the fabulous Brian Bolland on covers.
I’m having a great time working with everyone on this book, and I can’t wait for everyone else to have a read in May of this fascinating new series.