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• Part two of the five-part opening story!

• As our hero learns to use the H DIAL, he begins to suspect there is something sinister at work.

Written by China Mieville
Art by Mateus Santolouco
Cover by Brian Bolland

Price: $2.99
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  1. This issue will decide if i continue with this series or not, the first issue was good enough to check this out but not to commit. Hoping it turns out great these characters on the cover look intresting as hell.

    • Same here. My New 52 pulls are dropping like flies – down to just Animal Man and Wonder Woman – so it would be nice to stay on board with this one.

    • I am in the same boat with this issue being the deciding factor if I keep it on my pull list, and I am on the fence right now. The overall story seems disjointed, and im not sure i like the writer’s style..its kind of confusing to me.

      I found myself looking forward to/caring more about his transformations than the actual plot…

      I wanted to keep this on my pull list, but I think I will be dropping this unfortunately..unless I give it one more issue, but I need to trim my ever-expanding pull list as it is

  2. I loved how bizarre the first issue was. Hoping this keeps the same level of weird, but maybe a little less confusing.

  3. Oh god this cover really makes me wanna learn what these heroes represent.

  4. This series is like my twisted’s nightmares incarnate, I can not even pretend to know how sane China Mieville mind is. Something up there is like popping out insanity. China keep up the great work loved the first issue.

  5. Last issue was weird, really weird. But I like weird so it was pretty fun for the most part. However, I think Mieville put too much emphasis on the weirdness and not tell a coherent story. Still, the imagination is there and that’s what I love about comics is the imagination.

  6. Loved the first issue alot and can’t wait to see were it goes from here, plus the cover is so badass looking.

  7. Boy Chimney is one hell of an openning character for this title and I really liked his freaky, morbid feel. I am on board and ready to check out some of these other characters as well and I hope they don’t just use the good ones only once like Boy Chimney.


  8. I want to see him to into a hero called Turd Ferguson. He makes bad guys dook their pants.

  9. I think Mieville is a brilliant novelist. Perdido Street Station is a phenomenal book! This however is a train wreck. Worse yet, a train wreck that’s not so bad you need to rubber neck or interesting enough to keep you at the site of the tragedy. I hereby walk away…although, Iron Snail was truely inspired.

  10. Issue 1 was interesting enough to get me to pick this up, but this is just so horribly written and and extremely confusing to follow that I just can’t continue. I like the premise, and I want to this this book, but I can’t do it

  11. Characters are definitely neat and interesting, but i just seem to get really confused trying to keep up with the plot.

  12. I don’t know what the hell I just read here

  13. These definitely have to move beyond the transformations as a gimmick and into a stable storyline. I love the concept but they need to dig into the why and how a bit, and have a storyline that can be followed in spite of one-and-done characters.

    In my head what I’d like to see is finding out the Dial taps into an aspect of his psyche, presumably whatever’s currently the most prominent, to create the hero…. for instance Boy Chimney occuring so soon after he’d shoved his smoking habit in his friend’s face. This would be similar in style to what Grant Morrison had done for one of his characters in Doom Patrol but without the “Multiple Personalities” angle. This would also offer a chance to see certain transformations make return visits without any of them needing to be overplayed.

    • I agree. These are great characters but they are just kind of…there…and the issue started with the cover art characters that only got as far as being named into existence. Kind of like the asked China to create a bunch of overintellectualized heroes and that’s it. It’s a waste of good talent and a great idea…but with no for seeable goal.

  14. Yeah, I’m not so sure about this book anymore. I might give it one more issue, but I too am finding this book a little confusing. I think there was a whole page this issue where I wasn’t sure what was going on, but I don’t know if it’s the script or the art. Probably both. Iron Snail was funny at first, but within a page or two I couldn’t help but think how impossible it would be for that guy to get around, through doors, etc. While I enjoy the concept and the range of unpredictable characters, the story seems pretty flat.

  15. This book is brilliant. I love the main character. Im also super impressed the writer came up with like 10 awesome Heroes. We only got two last issue. Im totally interested in this origin story and where its going. I just wish DC would publish more intelligent and unique comics like this one.

  16. Maybe China could do a team book with Boy Chimney and the Iron Snail , It could be titled the World’s Weirdest . Batmite could be the team leader .

  17. I really love this book. It feels like an episode out of Night Gallery.

    I’m a little confused by people being confused by this issue? The only thing I didn’t like about it was the killing of the friend as I had liked the dynamic between the two characters. :-/

    I can’t wait until next month!

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