At Comic-Con International it was announced that Heroes for Hire will be rebranded as Villains for Hire from November, when lead character Misty Knight begins hiring supervillains for reasons currently unknown.
The Spider-Island one-shot, penciled by Kyle Kotz, will include appearances from characters such as Luke Caga, Black Cat and Spider-Man himself.
"They get drawn in as professional troubleshooters, to try and handle the situation," Abnett and Lanning explained to Newsarama.
The writers confirmed that the special one-shot will serve as a catalyst for the title's rebrand, but have yet to reveal what actually causes the transition.
"Events are quite traumatic and will leave a mark," they teased. "Villains for Hire also grows from the Heroes for Hire continuity too, though new readers will not be left in the dark."
Abnett and Lanning added that readers can expect Villains for Hire to have a much darker tone from November onwards.
Spider-Island: Heroes for Hire #1 is due out on October 5.