Green Hornet

Green Hornet #2

by Alan Rapp on September 16, 2020

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Green Hornet #2 comic reviewAlthough they initially mistake the strange being in front of them for an alien, and the creature does everything in its power to force that assumption, Britt Reid and Kato discover the creature before them to be a British astronaut transformed through his reintroduction to Earth’s atmosphere as his secret space station was destroyed by a passing spaceship.

Seeking answers and revenge on the pilot of the spacecraft that led both to his transformation and the death of his fellow astronaut, the creature is in no mood for the Green Hornet’s attempt at an olive branch demanding answers and the location of the pilot who he blames for his current condition.

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Green Hornet #1

by Alan Rapp on July 30, 2020

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Green Hornet #1 comic reviewWhat immediately drew my attention to Green Hornet #1 was the art of Anthony Marques which popped right off the page in beautiful black and white. I’m a fan of the character of the Green Hornet, but honestly I wasn’t planning on spending much time with yet another series featuring a new take on the character (I’ve lost count how many different comics Dynamite Entertainment has put out over the years). The look of the comic made me take notice.

After a few minor skirmishes both in costume and as themselves, the story begins in earnest as the Green Hornet and Kato get in over their heads while searching for a missing reporter from Britt Reid’s newspaper The Sentinel. The trouble also includes a baby, the United States Army, and a UFO.

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Green Hornet #3

by Alan Rapp on May 17, 2018

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Green Hornet #3 comic reviewWhen Britt Reid, Jr. goes missing overseas things get dicey at home in Century City, both in the reporting offices and on the streets where the son of the original Green Hornet had inherited both of his father’s positions. With no Hornet to keep the local criminals in line, Kato’s daughter Mulan steps up as the new Green Hornet.

For a character that has been around as long as the Green Hornet it isn’t always easy to find new avenues to explore. Writer Amy Chu’s choice to jump to the future and make Kato’s daughter, rather than Britt’s son, the Hornet (at least so far) provides just the sort of shake-up that makes the comic work.

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Batman ’66 Meets The Green Hornet #2

by Alan Rapp on July 10, 2014

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Batman '66 Meets The Green Hornet #2The six-issue mini-series continues here as the two duos of crime fighters are both able to extract themselves from the death trap laid by General Gumm who all were in danger of losing their heads after being glued to the top of a speeding train. In the ensuing confrontation the Green Hornet decides to play dirty and knock out the Dynamic Duo rather than reveal the truth that he and Kato are actually heroes only pretending to be criminals.

As General Gumm isn’t strong enough to carry the series on his own, Batman ’66 Meets The Green Hornet #2 brings in the Joker to help even out the battle between good and evil, although how long the pair can put up with each other is yet to be seen.

Certainly a niche story within an already niche market, Batman ’66 Meets The Green Hornet #2 continues the fun of the first issue although, even with the introduction of the Joker as a major player going forward in the mini-series, the limitations of the premise are already beginning to show. For fans.

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Green Hornet #13

by Alan Rapp on July 6, 2014

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Green Hornet #13Mark Waid’s run on the Green Hornet comes to an end with the final issue of the series that goes out with more of a whimper than a bang. Last issue wrapped up the Green Hornet‘s adventure with Britt Reid and Kato contemplating retiring the costumed vigilante for good. This issue reveals the identity of the person who stole the Hornet’s costume and weapons to continue the fight and force Britt Reid to face his creation which is no longer in his control.

Hero origins often come with a cost, and although I understand Waid’s reasoning for the actions Lenore Case commits I don’t quite buy the sacrifice she makes to guilt Britt Reid into continuing his costumed adventures (or that Reid would need such convincing in the first place). And with Reid still separated from The Sentinel the comic also leaves a dangling thread of the story undone as there is no room her for the newspaper man to reclaim what he’s lost over the thirteen-issue series. Hit-and-Miss.

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