Review: Green Hornet #2 By Mark Waid And Daniel Indro
Britt Reid has always been a hero to the people, whether in his civilian identity as a newspaper publisher, or as his costumed alter-ego. But in one terrible moment, the Green Hornet turns on the city that he’d sworn to protect, becoming their worst enemy!
Dynamite’s new Green Hornet series from superstar writer Mark Waid and artist Daniel Indro continues this week with the release of Green Hornet #2. Besides Waid and Indro, the series features colors by Marcio Menyz and lettering from Troy Peteri. Paolo Rivera provides another great cover for the second issue. Green Hornet was off to a good start, but does the next chapter deliver or is it all buzz and no sting?
The story opens with a warehouse at the docks on fire, a trail derailment, and an attack on a plant cut against the newspaper headlines from the Daily Sentinel covering the respective incidents. A survivor from the warehouse attack tells the police all he saw was a man without a face and a voice, an echo, talking about the “Flames of Justice…Flames of War.” Britt Reid is at the Daily Sentinel commanding the troops to put everything they have into writing about the mysterious villain called The Voice. Britt is doing what he can as a newspaper man, but the Green Hornet can do a little more. The Hornet starts investigating by reasserting his place as the baddest guy in the city. When one of the crime bosses gets put in his place, he tells the Hornet what he knows. Britt continues to throw his power around as a newspaper man as he goes further and further down the rabbit hole of believing he is in infallible. But in his next outing as the Hornet we see Britt bite off more than he can chew. When he tracks down a bomb maker, can he find out what he needs to know or has he found himself in a situation not even the Green Hornet or Kato could escape?
Waid writes a great story. This issue really shows how the Hornet isn’t a hero. He is a villain. He does what he does so he can make the city a better place as Britt Reid. We see the line the Hornet has to appear to cross to do what he sees as right. For a minute, for one whole page, Waid makes you think that the Hornet has finally crossed the line and truly became the villain he pretends to be. It’s not an easy trick, but Waid pulls it off for a few seconds. Indro’s art is a good fit for the story. His trick of incorporating the newspaper into the panel and the action is absolutely stunning. It’s a good storytelling device that helps elevate Waid’s already good script. Menyz’s colors are great. There are plenty of chances to shine, but the scenes involving fire and the shot of the Black Beauty and its headlights are fantastic.
Bottom Line: If you haven’t been reading The Green Hornet, rectify that immediately. Waid has crafted a great story that has plenty of action, but is truly about Britt Reid as a character and as a man. A great story mixed with some fantastic art help breathe new life into the Hornet and makes this one you absolutely can’t miss. 4.5/5