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Unlimited Highlights: Heroes for Hire

We've got a healthy helping of Heroes for Hire stories to keep you busy this week!

By Ben Chabala

Every week we'll pick a handful of awesome comics from the thousands available through Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited. From creator spotlights to editor's picks and more, this'll be your spot to find something new and cool.

This week, Power Man and Iron Fist take on the Thunderbolts in THUNDERBOLTS #137, and to celebrate we're bringing you some of Danny and Luke's most awesome issues!

Luke Cage and Danny Rand, the indomitable duo who form the heart and soul of Heroes for Hire, need work and they need it fast or their boss will call it quits. Since neither the bulletproof Power Man nor the high kicking Iron Fist have any desire to actually run their own business they jump (rather Danny jumps) at a chance to act as bodyguards for a certain blind lawyer who wears red tights after work. Little do the two heroes know that Matt Murdock can take care of himself; and a room full of bloodthirsty thugs if need be. Danny and Luke don't realize that their "protection" only makes it harder for Daredevil to do his job, which this time means possibly taking down the Kingpin of crime! See what happens when the Immortal Iron Fist and Power Man collide with the Man Without Fear for the very first time!

The Incredible Hulk rages through New York City and only the combined might of all Earth's champions can hope to stop his rampage. While some heroes stick to the sidelines helping protect innocent bystanders and citizens in need, others rush in, hoping against hope that they have what it takes to stop the emerald goliath. Danny Rand and Luke Cage, the Heroes for Hire, are among that number. Will the chi of Shou Lao the Undying and Iron Fist's martial arts prowess combined with the unbreakable skin and super strength of Power Man force the Hulk to submit? Or will Danny and Luke become just two more victims of the jade giant's onslaught?

Its iron fists, kung fu, unbreakable skin and super strength vs. hyper healing, massive guns and witty tongue in cheek quips. That's right folks, your favorite former Heroes for Hire throw down with Marvel's most unlikely mutant duo, Cable and Deadpool! When Danny finds Deadpool's old pal Weasel attempting to install the mysterious Dominus Objective into his company's computer systems he wants to know why, and won't hesitate to use his abilities to get some answers. Of course when Deadpool shows up (to steal the Dominus Objective no less) things get a bit out of hand and the punches and verbiage start flying. What is the Dominus Objective? Why does Deadpool want it? What did Weasel do with it? Who are the BAD girls and what do they want with it? Read the issue to find out!

Ronin, the scourge of the Japanese underworld thought she had met her match at the hands of Elektra and the sai in her chest was a key indicator of said defeat. However fate had other plans for Maya Lopez, the one time enemy/lover of Daredevil. She was resurrected by Hand wizards to become yet another mindless ninja slave. Well, not if the New Avengers have anything to say about it. With Iron Fist and Luke Cage leading the charge, the team tears into the Hand stronghold looking for Maya and of course they find her, but they also find Elektra and what seems to be a never-ending supply of deadly Hand ninjas. It's the New Avengers vs. ninjas, ninjas, more ninjas and Elektra in a battle royale that's sure to shake Japan like a 7.0 earthquake. Be there!

Most people tend to enjoy their birthdays. Who doesn't like being with friends and family, eating cake and getting presents? Sure, some dread hitting forty and possibly reaching the half century point but what's so bad about thirty-three? Well for Danny Rand, heir to the Rand fortune and the legacy of the Immortal Iron Fist, thirty-three happens to be very a important year in the life of the Iron Fists, and not in a good way. But that doesn't mean that his best friends won't be throwing him a party anyway. Luke Cage, Misty Knight and Colleen Wing break out the cake and candles for their best friend but Danny barely seems to notice. What could possibly have the Immortal Iron Fist this worried about getting a year older?

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