Review: Mark Waid’s The Green Hornet #11
For years, the Green Hornet has been battling criminals and saboteurs and winning by the skin of his teeth. But now his luck’s run out–because this new foe is one who was created by the Hornet himself!
The Green Hornet works his way to the top of the food chain this month in the pages of Green Hornet #11. The story is written by Mark Waid with art by Ronilson Freire. Marcio Menyz handles colors and Troy Peteri provides letters. Things have been brewing for the last few issues, but do things finally boil over this month?
The Green Hornet is public enemy #1 and the one man that controlled most all of the crime is out of the way. With a power vacuum left in his wake, the Hornet steps in and takes control of all the rackets. To say he strong arms his way into the top position is an understatement. Hornet and Kato redirect all of the resources of their newly acquired organization into breaking Vio Cerelli’s radio code so they can stop the next planned bit of German sabotage. While that’s going on, the Hornet is also having to deal with Dugan. The vigilante feels responsible for the policeman’s decent into darkness since most all of the bad things in Dugan’s life started happening after Hornet bribed him, thus corrupting an otherwise good man. Dugan’s downward spiral takes an utterly shocking turn and there is nobody to blame but the Green Hornet. What has Dugan done? Has the Green Hornet played a criminal so long that he’s actually starting to become one himself? Can our hero live with himself when innocents are caught in the crossfire?
Waid writes one of the best issues yet. This series has had several highlights along the way, but this issue is one of only two that left my jaw on the floor with the final panel. This is an all-out, action-packed issue from panel 1, and Waid doesn’t take his foot off the gas pedal at all. We get to see the Hornet rise higher than he’s ever been before, and also fall lower than he’s ever been. Waid has presented an enjoyable and complex story with a lot of moving parts that work in perfect unison. Freire’s art is in top form as well. The action is crisp and clean, the characters are rendered very well, and the emotional beats are really played up. The panel layout is great, but it’s the final few pages that the style and layout options really pay off. It delivers a very cinematic experience. Menyz’s colors are very bright and vibrant, making the scenes and action pop off the age. There are a lot of orange and reds throughout, and you can see it all really tie together toward the end.
Bottom Line: Green Hornet #11 is just a fantastic comic. It takes a lot to shock comic readers nowadays, but Waid manages to do it a few times with his Green Hornet run. This issue, more than any other, should have people talking. 5/5
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