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Civil War: Heroes For Hire (v. 1) Comic – April 25, 2007


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Product Details

  • Comic: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (April 25, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785123628
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785123620
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.3 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #753,393 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Justin V. Gray is an author, graphic novelist, scriptwriter and video game writer. He previously worked as an advocate for victims of crime, a chef, a fossil hunter and a micro-photographer specializing in prehistoric insects and plants trapped in amber.

Customer Reviews

3.0 out of 5 stars

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By SB on April 24, 2007
Format: Comic
I can't believe I got suckered into buying this. I was high on Civil War hype. This is the juvenile underbelly of the Marvel Universe. The characters are the kind of 5th string 70's and 80's recylce jobs that Bendis seems to get off on bringing back around, except they are so poorly written, plotted, and pencilled that it boggles the mind.
The appeal of rejuvenated old characters like Colleen Wing and Misty Knight at first blush seems natural enough. Utilized by a writer of sufficient grittiness and low-down like Bendis, Rucka, or Ennis, these characters could have brought a more realistic aspect to the Marvel U. Instead, this immature and amateurish writer treats us to:

1. Bad "street talk." Every character refers to every other character as "my sister" or "homegirl" or something just as groan inducing. Misty Knight is written like a white guy's idea of what 'Lil Kim would sound like if she had super powers.

2. Bad "chop-socky" dialogue. More cardboard characters spouting nonsense. Shang-Chi, the "Master of Kung-Fu" is given lines that might as well begin with the phrase "Lisen, Grasshoper..." ...I wouldn't have been surprised by seeing some kind of "wax on, wax off" scene... to quote: "My superior attack is but a reaction to your maladjusted aggression. I am more than willing to put aside this folly and speak as men do."

3. A plot with as many holes in it as these poorly drawn super heroines' costumes. The entire plot hinges on a plan by super criminals to implant Skrull organs into their bodies in order to aquire shape-shifting powers. A quote (as delivered by the "street-wise" Misty Knight): "You put a Skrull kidney (or whatever) into a villain...presto, shape-shifting villian." The parenthesis is from the original text! And huh?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By N. Durham HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on April 30, 2007
Format: Comic
The writing record of veteran inker Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray is spotty at best. While they've crafted a brilliant re-launch of DC's Jonah Hex, everything the two have teamed up on has come off as just plain lame thanks to atrocious dialogue and a hokey story; and Heroes for Hire is no different. No, even though it says Heroes for Hire, don't expect any Luke Cage or Iron Fist, but instead we get a story to tie-in to Marvel's Civil War event involving a new team featuring the Black Cat, Misty Knight, and Shang-Chi: Master of Kung-Fu among others. The story, if you want to call it a story, is so mind numbingly dull and brainless that you'll swear it's the mid-90's all over again. The only thing that saves Heroes for Hire from burning in the scrap heap is the art by Billy Tucci, which is solid enough. That being said, this Civil War tie-in is definitely not worth your time, but if for some reason you feel that you need to own every Civil War tie-in there is, save this one for last.
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By CB on October 27, 2007
Format: Comic
Heroes for Hire is certainly a light, enjoyable superhero read - lots of action, some witty banter, decent art. Those looking for a comic that will knock your socks of, though, ought to look elsewhere.

Heroes for Hire has had a fiew incarnations in the past - previously, Luke Cage (AKA Power Man) had been "Luke Cage: Hero for Hire." Later, he and Iron Fist combined forces to form the superhero team of Heroes for Hire - the name and purpose is self-explanatory. The team re-emerged in he late 1990s under a short-lived title of the same name. In this more recent incarnation, "Heroes For Hire" has revamped itself as a superhero bounty-hunting team made up of some little-known/little-remembered characters from the 1970s (ex-cop Misty Knight, urban samurai Colleen Wing, and Master of Kung Fu Shang-Chi, and the oddball bug-magnet Humbug) with newcomer Tarantula and the inimitable Black Cat, among others.

This title starts out as a Civil War tie-in, as the group is hired by Tony Stark (AKA Iron Man) to help bring in villains who have refused to register their identities under the new superhero legislation. Misty and Colleen, with their long history, form the core of the group, and before long they're pulling sting operations and dealing with the usual bad guy issues - until they come upon a lab that is full of altered Skrull organs (for those new to the Marvel Universe, Skrulls are green, shape-shifting, imperialist aliens) and one of their enemies, Ricadonna, escapes from Sing-Sing. There's also an entertaining run-in with Marvel's formerly most-wanted fugitive, Captain America.

What's good about this comic? First, the covers - penciled by Bill Tucci of "Shi" fame.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Zachary A. Anderson on October 31, 2008
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Yeah, its a bunch of third-rate and knock-off characters (did you spot Goro?) done with camp and cracker humor instead of reality and commercial seriousness, however--

and this is a huge however--

the other reviewers posted here seem to be offended by strong (if heavy-handed and ultimately derivative) free-will havin' female characters. And that is the essence of this storyline: a blue-state female's perspective on whooping toot for the heroes on the preposterous side of Civil War.

Now I'm totally playing into the comicboy stereotype in mass labeling the other reviewers after reading their reactions. They are scared of women. There. I said it.

Even scared of 'em in a funnybook.
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