H-E-R-O (DC)

    (DC, 2003–2005)
™ and © DC Comics, Inc.

“Dial ‘H’ for Hero” was probably the ultimate wish fulfillment series of the Silver Age, one that both needs to and could easily be collected into a slim volume; it’s to be hoped that this revival will be successful enough to make that dream a reality. H-E-R-O deserves to be a success due to its considerable merits.

It’s not just a neat little concept well executed, it’s a super-hero title that actually works; paradoxically, one of the hardest things to do in a market saturated with super-heroes is to launch a completely new one.

Clearly, Pfeifer still believes in super-heroes, and that comes through with Afterburner, the first manifestation of the new H object (sadly, you’d have to explain what a “dial” was to today’s kids). Though his outfit smacks a bit (too many buckles) of post-modern anti-heroes, when it comes to attitude and action, Afterburner is Silver Age through and through. Which is part of why the final page of #1 is so entirely unexpected — it’s an ending that hasn’t happened in more than 50 years of DC comics.

—S.A. Bennett

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#1

  4/1/2003
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 Will PfeiferKano

#2

  5/1/2003
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 Will PfeiferKano

#3

  6/1/2003
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 Will PfeiferKano

#4

  7/1/2003
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 Will PfeiferKano

#5

  8/1/2003
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 Will PfeiferKano

#6

  9/1/2003
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 Will PfeiferKano

#7

  10/1/2003
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 Will PfeiferPatrick Gleason

#8

  11/1/2003
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 Will PfeiferPatrick Gleason

#9

  12/1/2003
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 Will PfeiferKano

#10

  1/1/2004
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 Will PfeiferKano

#11

  2/1/2004
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 Will PfeiferKano

#12

  3/1/2004
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 Will PfeiferLeonard Kirk

#13

  4/1/2004
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 Will PfeiferLeonard Kirk

#14

  5/1/2004
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 Will PfeiferLeonard Kirk

#15

  6/1/2004
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 Will PfeiferDale Eaglesham

#16

  7/1/2004
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 Will PfeiferDale Eaglesham

#17

  8/2/2004
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 Will PfeiferDale Eaglesham

#18

  9/1/2004
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 Will PfeiferDale Eaglesham

#19

  10/1/2004
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Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow promo CDWill PfeiferDale Eaglesham

#20

  11/1/2004
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 Will PfeiferDale Eaglesham

#21

  12/2/2004
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 Will PfeiferDale Eaglesham

#22

  1/1/2005
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Final issueWill PfeiferDale Eaglesham

Book #1

  12/1/2003
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Collects H-E-R-O (DC) #1–6Will PfeiferKano