The GeeksverseHeroes For Hire #5

Heroes For Hire #5
Published on Saturday, April 9, 2011 by

Written by: Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
Penciled by: Robert Atkins
Inked by: Rebecca Buchman
Colored by: Jay David Ramos
Lettered by: VC's Joe Caramagna
Cover Art: A- Doug Braithwaite w/ Rob Schwager; B- Harvey Tolibao w/ Morry Hollowell
Assistant Editors: John Denning
Editor: Bill Rosemann

The first arc of Heroes For Hire wraps up, setting the stage for the next arc and leaving us with mysteries to solve. Who was behind the Puppet Master? When did the Puppet Master take control of Misty?

DnA keep the story interesting. They bring in the heroes that Misty had hired previously and show just how strong the Puppet Masters control was. But it’s really Misty that saves the day. She frees herself and stops the Puppet Master.

The exchange between Iron Fist and Paladin sets up an interesting storyline. What are Paladin’s motives? Did the mercenary find something that he wants more then money?

The appearance of the other heroes, as much as it ties the opening arc together, comes across as forced. They don’t even have any lines, just showing up to serve as fodder. DnA does do a good job of handling the fight, keeping it brief. But that does in a way reinforce the “forced” feeling of the appearance. Just there to take up pages and keep Iron Fist and Paladin out of Misty’s fight.

I’m not sure what Atkins did differently this issue. Is the inkers influence on his work that great? His work in this issue doesn’t resemble any of his previous work from G.I. Joe to the previous issue of Heroes of Hire.

Heroes For Hire #5 receives
3.5 out of 5

Even though the art isn’t up to previous standards, the arc does come to a satisfying conclusion.

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