Villains For Hire #1

Villains For Hire #1

Writer: Dan Abnett Artist: Renato Arlem Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: December 7, 2011 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 5
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Why has Misty Knight hired psychopaths like Tiger Shark and Speed Demon? Because the Purple Man is out to build a criminal empire with an army including Avalanche, Shocker and the all-new Scourge! Let the baddest man (or woman) win!

  • 10
    Outer Realm Comics - Charles Joy Mar 8, 2012

    Heck, it is only a 4 issue mini-series, so why not right? In all actuality though, this issue is worth picking up. I loved how it was from the villain perspective, very different than the usual super-hero vs. villain book. I felt like I was reading a bunch of money-hungry cut-throat characters in a GTA type universe. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Ray Tate Dec 10, 2011

    Renato Arlem and Jay David Ramos provide realistic artwork but they thankfully eschew grittiness, which one can see as the most obvious reaction to villainy. These villains are just as colorful as the heroes. Tiger Shark for example wears his traditional orange and gray-finned tights, but perhaps as a result of Fear Itself, they make him a hulking, more primal individual. The first death of Death Stalker comes as a shock, and Arlem and Ramos bestow that surprise to the character as well. Quite a feat considering she's almost faceless. Arlem ultimately directs the comic book as an excellent action film, and though the story takes place in the dark, Ramos keeps the tale sufficiently colorful, especially when large explosions are the order of the day. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    IGN - Joshua Yehl Dec 7, 2011

    Abnett and Lanning immediately create a scenario where the reader will be rooting for the villains, which makes the tension run high when events turn sour during the heist. Despite the presence of ten different villains, the issue does not suffer for it. The writers pace the issue in such a manner that everyone gets a fair introduction, but Death Stalker steals the show with a perfect blend of mystery, her no nonsense touch of death, and the ability to get right back up after getting shot in the head. The stage is effectively set for this new series, and the writers would do well to put her in the spotlight. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    X-Man's Comic Blog - x-man75 Dec 12, 2011

    Well, this issue didn't really help me decide whether or not to pick up the rest of this mini-series... The score is going to end up RIGHT at the cut-off line. I was hoping this one would be either really good or really bad. As it is, I have NO idea what I'll be doing concerning the rest of this mini... I guess it'll depend on how much money I have in my pocket when the next issue drops. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Dec 8, 2011

    I expected a little more from this story than it gave me. There's nothing here for me to care enough about to come back for another issue, let alone four more. I'm sure some readers will find more in this book than I did, but if you really want an enjoyable tale with villainous leads, fun adventure, and good art, Marvel is also publishing a little title called "Thunderbolts." Check it out. Hold the two up to each other. You're sure to find a book that scratches that evil itch for you. Read Full Review

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