"Dial H" (DC Comics, 2012-2013) By China Miéville, Mateus Santolouo, David Lapham and Alberto Ponticelli
What could have, should have been a Vertigo series (it was even edited by Karen Berger), China Miéville's "Dial H" was another in a long line of attempts by DC to revive their classic "Dial H for Hero" property. This title had it all: It was written by a hugely popular contemporary science fiction novelist who came with a built in following; the book featured great artwork; it had, in Berger, one of the best editors in the business; the concept of the title was a fantastic premise; and it featured covers by the great Brian Bolland. The problem was, it was very non-super hero title was marketed towards a superhero audience. Some Vertigo loyalists wandered into the unfamiliar desert of DC proper, but not enough as one of the most innovative and exciting comics on the stands only lasted 18 issues. In a just world, Miéville's name alone would have guaranteed a protracted run, but DC fans did not take to the experimental nature of the writer's story. But man, for those of us along for the ride, it was exciting, with each issue introducing new and fevered superhero concepts for protagonist Nelson Jent to transform into. Heroes like Boy Chimney, Captain Lachrymose, The Rancid Ninja, Ctrl+Alt+Daffodil and Tugboat. The book even managed to include the decidedly mainstream superhero the Flash and still maintain its edge of insanity. It would have been great if Jent's adventures could have continued, but despite critical acclaim, "Dial H" never found a steady audience. What could have been a Vertigo hit similar to "Transmetropolitan" became a DCU footnote.