Dial M for Miguels

The penultimate issue of the series ramps things up, but it's kind of low on new heroes, since most of the identities are Supermiguels of a sort, a character we've discussed before. Still...

Case 111: Dial H for Hero #11
Dial Holders: Miguel Montez, Summer Pickens, Mister Thunderbolt
Dial Type: Cardinal H-Dials (Y-Dial, C-Dial, K-Dial, M-Dial)
Dialing: As seen in the previous issue, the Y-Dial can be doubled up to split someone in (at least) four. Notably, one of these is female in Miguel's case. Also, since his heroic self (as per the C-Dial) is a version of Superman, the four identities are based on version of Superman (specifically, those from the Reign of the Supermen).
When the Y-Dial is dialed again, four become two (one based on the electric Superman, the other is the one hero we will actually cover below). Two cannot, however, become one unless both identities WANT to rejoin (a feeling described as "deep down"). If one of the identities dials out (or is otherwise de-powered), the split does not seem to affect them adversely, they are still the original dialer. As for the C-Dial, it once again turns Summer into Lo Lo Kick You; this time her design seems pulled from the Dirty Pair anime.
She has a big gun, but is physically no match for any of the Supermiguels. Finally, we get information on the K-Dial (or Black Dial) which was kept on Apokolips. When it is dialed by a person, or on BEHALF of a person or persons, they are shunted into eternal oblivion, a dimension known as the K-Hole that essentially takes them out of the universe. If they were using dialed identities, these are dispelled. According to Granny Goodness, there is no coming back from there as none of her scientists did. It is most definitely a place, however, as Miguel and Summer appear to be floating there together. Now, when all four phones are placed on Mister Thunderbolt's platforms, he can dial the magic number, FIFTY-TWO (using the letters on different dials, not all on the same dial), not the number 52. This makes the user disappear and gain access to the "Overvoid" where the Multiverse can be seen as a giant Dial. When the Source Wall that envelops the multiverse is penetrated in this way, some entities are aware of the dialer's passage through realities, including the Monitors, angels of the Kingdom of Heaven, Darkseid, and anyone racing through the Speed Force.
Name: Thunder Montez (always a little awkward when the person's real name is included, but the name is obviously derived from Captain Marvel's other name, Captain Thunder)
Costume: Definitely based on Captain Marvel in almost every way, except the open-faced mask thing that evokes Wildstorm's Superman analog, Mister Majestic. Maybe it's just me.
Powers: Unclear, but presumably the same as Captain Marvel's. Since his second self seems to be based on electric Superman, there's a chance he can call the lightning in a similar way, but we see none of that.
Sighted: In the Heroverse, choosing not to recombine into Supermiguel, and instead siding with Mister Thunderbolt.
Possibilities: Say there's no Supermiguel to muddy the waters, Thunder Montez could tap into the Shazam tradition of sharing the power. He could be one of the Lieutenants Marvel in a world where each continent (he would be South America) could have their Big Red Cheese, with slight differences in powers, attitudes and costumes. I've always liked "Batman Club" type stories.
Integration Quotient: 40% (the Marvel Family canon at least allows it)

Next: Dial F for Final Issue!

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