Heroes for Hire
With Daredevil poised to hit Netflix and Marvel poised to develop their streaming properties there are lot of exciting possibilities for characters and teams to come to the small screen that didn’t exist even two year ago. With that in mind, Major Spoilers humbly present you with Top 5 Comic Properties Marvel Needs to Develop for Netflix: #5. HEROES FOR HIRE “But, there’s going to be a Defenders series!” Sure, that’s awesomely well and good, but imagine this as the first team-up between Luke Cage, Iron Fist and Jessica Jones, very street level and using Jessica’s office they create
Or – “SWEEET CHRISTMAS!” The Marvel Universe is a strange and occasionally terrible place. At any moment, a building could collapse because of rogue Hulks, or your entire neighborhood could get utterly annihilated by alien space bugs. Even back in the day, before the X-Men outnumbered the combined population of every town I lived in before the age of 17, it was a difficult place to live, where a random prison guard with a grudge could change your life forever (and that’s AFTER you were betrayed by your oldest friend and your first love murdered before your eyes.) Not everyone
Or – “A Trip Down Memory Lane…” There are a LOT of villains at liberty in the Marvel Universe. Spider-Man’s gallery of minor-league rogues alone would fill up a decent-sized stadium, even if you were to eliminate the guys who only appeared in Marvel Team-Up. With this many evil-doers floating around, it’s no wonder that Misty Knight has turned to their ranks to create her latest group. Too bad somebody ELSE had the same idea…
Or – “Wouldja Believe, The Old “Rotating Roster” Trick?” As much as I want to love this book, I can’t help but remember what always seems to happen to every comic with a rotating cast like this. Eventually, we find that the team locks in membership (usually with one or two big names to anchor the group) and becomes just another super-team book. The Defenders (both Secret and regular), Justice League Task Force, a third option that just escaped me as I was typing this sentence… It’s the same malady that ends up striking down anthology titles, but the real
Marvel has announced that the complete first issue of Abnett and Lanning’s Heroes for Hire #1 will be printed (at no additional cost) in Avengers #10 that arrives February 23, 2011. “We want to give our fans the most Marvel value for their comic buying dollar in 2011.” said Senior Vice President of Sales, David Gabriel. “Adding the first issue of Heroes for Hire to one of our top titles, for free, is the best opportunity for fans and retailers to spread the word about a book that we just can’t seem to keep in stores for people to try.”
Or – “How Can A Crossover Take LONGER Than The Event Itself?” Y’know, I’ve been reading Heroes For Hire since the beginning, but for some reason the ‘World War Hulk’ crossover seems to have been going on since before the dawn of time. Certainly that comes partially from the fact that the Savage Land arc started way back in #9 and led directly into this crossover, and partially because they’re really trying to ratchet up the tension on this storyline. I don’t know that it’s NOT working, but it’s certainly got enough rough edges that part of me is asking
Man, I’m falling behind – too much to do, too little time. But fear not dear readers, I bring you Marvel Sneak Peeks for the weekend! In this installment AMAZING SPIDER-GIRL 13, FANTASTIC FOUR 550, FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN 24, GHOST RIDER 16, HEROES FOR HIRE 14, MARVEL ADVENTURES HULK 4, NEW AVENGERS 35, and NEW WARRIORS 5.
Or – “The Cover That Launched A Thousand Blogs…” The irony of the entire Hentai Controversy is that Heroes for Hire probably needed the press. The adventures of Jean Grey’s ex-roommate, her samurai sidekick, two Spider-Man villains, (one of whom talks to bugs) a new mysterious-tough-girl-in-spandex, and perhaps the greatest character of Marvel’s Bronze Age aren’t exactly burning up the charts, sales-wise. Indeed, orders at the store (Gatekeeper Hobbies, Huntoon & Gage, Topeka! Ask us about our chock-full 3 For A Dollar Bin!) have more than tripled due to the World War Hulk crossover, and there’s a pretty good chance
Marvel Comics has sent Major Spoilers a sneak peek at titles arriving in stores next week. In Part 1, take a look at AMAZING SPIDER-GIRL 12, DAREDEVIL 100 , FANTASTIC FIVE 5, GHOST RIDER 15, HEROES FOR HIRE 13, MARVEL ADVENTURES HULK 3, MARVEL ILLUSTRATED: THE MAN IN THE IRON MASK 3, MOON KNIGHT 12, NEW AVENGERS 34, and NEW AVENGERS/TRANSFORMERS 3.
Or – “What Civil War Did For Ms. Marvel, World War Hulk Has Done For H4H…” And by that I mean it’s brought character development to a complete halt, thrust the likable characters into a situation which doesn’t really do them any favors, and so far hasn’t really made a whit of difference on the overall conflict. But I’m not entirely bitter, as I suspect that the WWH sales bump is going to keep Heroes For Hire on the stands longer, and hopefully give us a chance to get back to the stories that brought me here. Either way, Misty