This past Monday, Marvel Comics released an image of Elektra by Harvey Tolibao accompanied by the text “Assassin For Hire” and “Coming in December.” The immediate speculation was that this meant a new Elektra miniseries or ongoing.
The next day, things weren’t so clear, as the publisher released another image, this time with The Falcon, saying “Wingman For Hire.”
At that point, the tenor of speculation changed – maybe it wasn’t an Elektra series, but rather the return of the Heroes for Hire brand, originated in 1978 by iconic Marvel duo Power Man & Iron Fist and last seen in a 2006 15-issue series starring Misty Knight and Colleen Wing.
No new teaser today, but Diamond published “Sneak PREVIEWS: Look What’s in October’s Catalog” on their Web site, briefly highlighting a few notable December releases including “Marvel Comics’ Heroes for Hire #1.” Seems to kind of confirm that’s what the teasers are all about.
No further details on Heroes for Hire #1 are known at this time — if it’s a mini or an ongoing, what other characters might be involved, or if it has anything to do with the January-debuting Power Man & Iron Fist miniseries by writer Fred Van Lente and artist Wellinton Alves. (In a July interview with Newsarama, Van Lente said the titular duo — the new, Shadowland-introduced Power Man and Danny Rand — will be “Heroes for Hire”.) Marvel solicitations usually hit on the third Tuesday of the month, so we’ll know a lot more soon.
The adventures of the original Heroes for Hire stretched for more than 70 issues in the pages of Power Man & Iron Fist; “Heroes for Hire” has been the title of an ongoing twice — the 2006 book (first written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray, later by Zeb Wells) and a 19-issue post-”Onslaught” series from writer John Ostrander and artist Pasqual Ferry starring Luke Cage and Iron Fist along with a rotating cast including the Dane Whitman Black Knight, She-Hulk and Hercules.