Comic Book: Heroes for Hire

Heroes For Hire is a group of super heroes of Marvel Comics. It has been published in sporadic periods through the years. The main idea is that this Punch Clock Hero group that perform hero type services sometimes outside of the normal heroes' areas of expertise. At times even the title itself is an Informed Attribute depending on the incarnation of the group and story arc though money is always a factor.

First there was just Luke Cage, the original hero for hire, then he teamed up with Iron Fist, and the two became synonymous with the title of being Heroes for Hire. Supporting characters Misty Knight, a detective and sometimes girlfriend of Iron Fist, her partner Colleen Wing, martial arts expert would at times team up with the main two but not become official members until the 2006 series where Misty Knight officially takes over the organization. Throughout the various runs various other characters would team up/work for the organization on different missions.

The group at first was restricted to the pages of Power Man and Iron Fist but would only get its first book under the name Heroes for Hire in the 1990s when the Fantastic Four and the Avengers were killed off after the Onslaught event, it featured a rotating cast of characters and lasted for 19 issues. A third run, without Luke Cage or Iron Fist, took place between Civil War and World War Hulk, it came out in 2006 and lasted 15 issues. A fourth run debuted in 2010, officially lasted 12 issues although it had a one-shot Spider-Island tie in and a spin off mini series titled Villains for Hire that closed off that run.

Heroes For Hire contains examples of:

  • Afro Asskicker: Luke Cage and Misty Knight
  • Armed Legs: Tarantula
  • Artistic License Paleontology: A dinosaur that had offspring with himself? Thanks, Jurassic Park, for spreading nonsenses.
  • Ax-Crazy: Tarantula
  • Bare Your Midriff: Misty Knight
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: A ship with a huge bomb, heading to the Statue of Liberty, and with super heroes aboard? And they are not vene tied or restrained in any way? Of course that the bomb would be disabled!
  • Bounty Hunter: That's what they are there for mainly in the 2006 incarnation.
  • Celibate Hero: Shang likes Tarantula, but refuses to accept that. Savage sex destabilizes his Chi.
  • Contemptible Cover: Issue 13 of volume 2, a tie-in for World War Hulk is infamous, depicting Black Cat, Misty, and Colleen surronuded by tentacles, looking more like the cover to a hentai manga than a mainstream superhero book.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Shang-Chi, a Kung-Fu master, against a mad scientists, a sorcerer, an android (or whatever Ruby Thursday is), a man with the strong body of an adult gorilla, and a killer robot that had just murdered Orka. Of course, they did not stand a chance, Shang-Chi killed them all.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Lampshaded and inverted in a row by Paladin, when he fought Scorpion and got inside a warehouse of forgotten super-villain weapons. He took a random weapon, realized that it turns things into gold, and wondered what kind of fool could have had a ray to turn things into gold and use it for Bank Robberies. And then it hits him: "TURNS... THINGS... INTO... GOLD??? So Long, Suckers!, Screw This mission, I'm SO outta here!
  • Empowered Badass Normal: Ricadonna. She had no powers in the "Daughters of the Dragon" limited series (and even so, she managed to cut Misty's bionic arm), now she has super-powers.
  • Fanservice: The 2006 team. Misty Knight, Colleen Wing, Black Cat and Tarantula. And an indecent amount of Male Gaze on Misty.
  • Genius Bruiser: Tarantula, who unexpectedly shows a level of intelligence similar to Reed Richards
  • Intro Dump: The first 2006 issue introduced everyone, narrated by Misty Knight
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: The Heroes For Hire... and Paladin
  • Only in It for the Money
  • Red Is Heroic: Misty Knight
  • Selective Obliviousness: Don't tell the kid that the evil doombot he has found is, well, evil. He thinks it's his best friend in the world.
  • Spiritual Successor: The 2006 run is a successor of the "Daughters of the Dragon" limited series (with only Misty Knight and Colleen Wing doing work for hire, but without using the group's name). Humbug, Orka, Otis, Ricadonna, have all appeared there as well.
  • Tranquil Fury: Averted. When the headmen killed Orka, Shang-Chi gave him the last rites (with the villains right there). When it was done, Otis reminded him that it was not the time for his Zen calm. Shang-Chi calmly agreed... and then all hell breaks loose.
  • Welcome Back, Traitor: Paladin betrayed the Heroes For Hire, but still, he can give them well-paid missions and in later incarnations is one of Misty's closest agents/friends.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Invoked. The owner of jewelry hired the heroes because some criminals stole his diamonds, and he wanted them back. They investigated, and discovered that the Grim Reaper and the Man-Ape were doing this to finance a terrorist campaign, and sought to blow up a bomb at the statue of liberty. In a frantic battle, the Heroes for Hire foiled their plan, got rid of the bomb, stop the ship and saved the symbol of liberty in the free world! "Wow. What a story. And my diamonds?" Lame excuses... so he closed his portfolio with the money that he was going to pay, and walked away.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Misty Knight gave one of those to Iron Man for the death of Goliath during the Civil War.
  • Wolverine Claws: Tarantula
  • World of Action Girls: The 2006 team.