Review: Green Hornet #1 By Waid And Indro
The Hornet faces his most dangerous enemy ever–an egotistical, arrogant Britt Reid! In his alter-ego as a powerful newspaper publisher, the Hornet has lost control, becoming a social crusader far too sure of himself and of his judgment. But when he finally goes too far, an innocent man pays a terrible price–and the legend of the Green Hornet begins its cataclysmic collapse!
Dynamite’s highly anticipated new Green Hornet series kicks off this week with the release of the first issue. The comic is written by Mark Waid with pencils by Daniel Indro. Marcio Menyz handles inks with Troy Peteri tackling lettering. So is The Green Hornet worth the hype, or is it all buzz and no sting?
The story opens with flashes of the modern day information age as Britt Reid tells us a story about him, about the Green Hornet. He tells us about himself and his work at The Sentinel. We’re told how he goes around masquerading as criminal mastermind the Green Hornet while he fights evil and injustice more publicly as Britt Reid, using the paper as a cudgel. We start to see the Green Hornet and Kato suiting up and going to the docks. A new, sleazy criminal is in town using the docks to move his illegal wares. Britt and his alter ego are using every means they have to get to the bottom of what’s going on at the docks and trying to stop it. Going against government corruption has a high price for the paper, and Britt’s not going to back down. Is his ego going to get in the way of both his identities?
Waid writes a wonderful script as well as an elaborate love letter to the Green Hornet. He crafts an easily accessible story while giving several nods to longtime Hornet fans and other pulp heroes. Waid makes a Britt Reid that is a little cocky and at the verge of arrogance. Tension starts to build with Kato as we see him taking almost a background role. Indro’s art is amazing. He makes a cinematic issue with the way he interlays the newspaper headlines and flashbacks into the story. His panel layout makes the page feel twice as long, making for a regular issue that feels like it is extra-sized. Menyz’s colors are just as good.
Bottom Line: Green Hornet from Waid and Indro was worth all the hype and then some. We get a very promising first issue that sets things up but also feels complete. If you’ve been waiting to hop in on a Green Hornet story with all the old school flavor, this is it 5/5