Based on the classic Dial H For Hero, the series will be the novelist‘s first ongoing foray into comics.
“I always loved this book,”
he told Comics Book Resources.
“This was always one of my absolute favourite titles, and I’ve been hankering to try and do something with Dial H for a long time.
“Basically, there are two big draws of the title – one is the craziness of the superheroes that get dialled each week, the idea of not only becoming a hero each week but becoming something often very, very strange. Secondary to that was the fact that, quite unusually for a title in a fairly established universe, the backstory and the explanations were always pretty opaque. We still don’t really know why the dials are there.
“My thinking about it was to do an homage to that classic title, but to take it quite seriously. In the original runs, it tended to be quite fun and goofy, which I loved, but I wanted to take, psychologically, what would be the real impact of having this immense but completely unpredictable power – the idea of how destabilising it would be to your identity to change who you are every time you dial up.”
The award-winning sci-fi and fantasy novelist admitted to being “very nervous”, saying that writing comics is a “completely different skill”.
The Mateus Santoluoco-illustrated Dial H is one of six new titles launching in May to replace the first six cancellations from the New 52.