Saturday, December 4, 2010

Heroes for Hire #1

Here's a title that stretches all the way back to the first appearance of Luke Cage - his original comic was subtitled Hero for Hire.

In later years it was used by various groups, but the idea never really took off. And to be honest, I'm not sure if this will be any different. But it's an interesting take on the idea.

Here we have Misty Knight working behind the scenes to coordinate an odd mix of heroes in a battle against the bad guys.

The idea is that she helps those heroes or offers them some valuable information in return for their assistance. And the lineup for this issue is pretty impressive, although the cover is deceptive - not all those characters are involved (and some of them aren't particularly heroic, for that matter).

The series is ably written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning - though I have to admit, the series felt like any other run-of-the-mill comic until the last page, when they apply an unexpected twist.

The art is by Brad Walker and Andrew Hennessy, and it's good throughout - dark and fluid, with some good action sequences.

The problem would seem to be the lack of consistency. The opening story uses a bunch of heroes, each tackling a different part of the "crime of the issue," so the characterization is mighty thin - it's just a series of guest stars.

But the twist at the end is clever enough that I'll probably give it another issue or two to see where it goes. There's promise, but I'm not sure it there's enough to sustain the series. Time will tell.

Grade: B


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