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Subj: Re: Don't get too excited about the new H4H Series (semi spoilers)
Posted: Sat Dec 04, 2010 at 04:59:56 am EST (Viewed 404 times)
Reply Subj: Don't get too excited about the new H4H Series (semi spoilers)
Posted: Thu Dec 02, 2010 at 11:33:21 pm EST (Viewed 60 times)

I've only read the spoilers, but haven't gotten the issue. While in general it seems like a good idea, I think poor character selection will kill this title.

    While I liked the idea of Misty Knight being a handler for random Marvel "Heroes", and I enjoyed reading the interactions and how well the whole story was written, and the fact that an introductory mission could actually be completed in the first issue of a series, that's where it all ends for me.

I hate the fact that the character is so prominent, is there really a great demand for the character? She is the central character to the title, yet hasn't proven herself as a marketable character that fans care about. She led the last incarnation of HFH which failed pretty quickly. I can't recall her ever carrying a story by herself. At least Colleen Wing got a tie in series with Shadowland while Misty Knight was a part of a multicharacter series also in Shadowland.

Its set up so that she tells the readers that she's doing this because she has a lot of favors to cash in with the various superheroes, but she's never really been that kind of character. It appears that they are giving her some never before seen history where she is making all these friends. I can't recall her ever really interacting with the Falcon, and while I'm sure she has at some point, it's never been an important scene/story. She's also never really been that type of Oracle (at DC) character that is a good manager and leader of other superheroes. She's always been the fighter.

It just feels like there could have been a better choice for this type of system instead of Misty Knight. My instant thought is that this would have been a great role for Pepper Potts. New movie star character, and this would have been a better way to expose the character than making her needless Iron Man spinoff. She creates an organization that hires heroes which is backed by Tony Stark. With him you get the money, the intel, and the connections to other heroes. She's also had a history of being the "woman behind the heroes", with her past work with Iron Man and especially the Order.

Also, if they are going to go with the Heroes for Hire aspect of calling various heroes up to do specific tasks, couldn't you choose more popular heroes than the ones that are appearing? It's obviously going to struggle in sales, so why not make limited use of characters like Spider-Man and Wolverine?

    Too bad Marvel wasted what I thought was a good story idea. I highly doubt this series will make it into double digit issues.

Over or under 12 issues? Without seeing the first issue sales, I think the title has a good chance of making it to 12 issues, but I don't see how it can last much longer than that.

The main reason why you do a HFH title is because you want to use Luke and Danny. I really don't see why Marvel just continues to refuse to put those two characters together in this type of title? The basic premise of New Avengers right now is Luke collecting a bunch of his friends together to be a team, why not just incorporate that into a HFH title. It really seems like the new HFH title is just a cheaper version of the New Avengers.

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