Dynamite Entertainment 2020
Written by Scott Lobdell
Pencilled & Coloured by Anthony Marques
Inked by J. Bone
Lettered by Taylor Esposito
The Green Hornet and Kato have met their fair share of villains over the years, but when an alien infant crashes to Earth, the two heroes must keep him safe from a whole new type of nemesis. Are they prepared to take on a series of dark and deadly enemies willing to stop at nothing and do whatever it takes to save the child?
I think my personal fascination with the Green Hornet began as a child when we would regularly drive between NYC and Cincinnati, we moved back and forth and we should have just stayed on Long Island, as my father would put in tapes of the old radio shows of this and The Shadow and all the old pulp heroes. I loved listening to them and have followed him through various companies so when I say that a story is fantastic I mean it because i’ve damn near read and heard them all. This one is starting off in a fashion that is exciting, fresh and in all honesty this could take place in his original era or now and that’s incredibly exciting to me.
I really like the way that this is being told. The story & plot development that we see through how the sequence of events unfold and how the reader learns information is presented beautifully. To see as much time spent as Britt as we do the Green Hornet is great because it’s nice to see how he utilises each persona. The character development we see is fantastic and as we see them act and react to the circumstances and situations they encounter continues to flesh them out beautifully. The pacing is superb and as it takes us through the pages revealing the twists and turns along the way we see how all of this works together to create the books ebb & flow.
I am a fan of the way that we see how the book is structured. There are some beautiful layers happening here as well that engage the readers’ mind. Any time you can take me to a place where my mind keeps working past what we see is how you know that it’s incredibly well written. Of course Scott is an amazing writer to begin with so to see how well this touches the reader and how it is able to get you to connect with the characters is extremely well nice to see.
I have mixed feelings on the interiors here on one hand they seem rather simple and I am not a big fan of the faces, it feels more Sunday strip Goon than I care for. It looks really child-like in appearance and Kato looks 12 years old. The bullet holes on the opening page though are extraordinary to see. You kind of get used to seeing it throughout the issue and it grows on you but in all honesty I do wish we got a more detail oriented book. That being said I ended up not hating it and found some appreciation in them. So Anthony congrats on making me a fan of what you are doing here. I would like to see more backgrounds being utilised, I feel like there is a missed opportunity there. The utilisation of the page layouts and how we see the angles and perspective in the panels show a solid eye for storytelling. The colour work is kind of brilliant actually and the white, black and all the shades of green give it a twist on a Noir style.
Overall this is going to surprise you with just how gosh darn good it is. Scott’s writing a hell of a story and Anthony is proving he can make you a fan of his work through its charm. Don’t sleep on this folks it truly is an amazing book.