Review: Mark Waid’s The Green Hornet #12
It’s all down to this–the Green Hornet’s final chance at redemption, against a villain of his own creation! Trust us, you have no idea how to predict the outcome of this grand finale!
The penultimate installment of Britt Reid’s latest adventure as the Green Hornet hits this week in the pages of The Green Hornet #12. The story is written by Mark Waid with illustrations by Ronilson Freire. Marcio Menyz handles colors with Troy Peteri providing lettering. Waid’s Green Hornet has been a complex story of epic proportions, but can the creative team keep it up now that the finish line is in sight?
The Green Hornet has been playing a deadly game that has taken a real toll on his alter ego, Britt Reid. As the Hornet has expanded his operation and taken on a new and bigger role in the criminal underworld, landing himself at the top of the FBI’s most wanted list, our hero has had blood literally and figuratively on his hands. Reid tries to rectify that situation by finally dealing with Lt. Duggan, who has been spiraling into a very dark place. Reid’s plan may come at an unexpected and rather unimaginable price. As the Hornet decides to ‘set things right’ in his own mind, he may just make his biggest mistake of all. Can the Hornet ever truly get out of the mess he has created? Has Britt accomplished his goals only to discover he never wanted all the things that came along with it?
Waid writes an issue that feels like a grand finale, only to pull the rug out from under you in the final few pages. This is an issue of payoffs. Things have been building and starting to boil over for a while, but this is where Waid lays it all out in the open and shows us what he has really been planning. I don’t think anyone could have guessed where this issue ends. Freire’s art is just as sharp as Waid’s storytelling skills. You can tell that the artist is comfortable with all the characters and is using that to play up the emotion and drama in the story. There are a few action scenes as well. Those are presented very well too. There is one big page toward the end that is just breathtaking (it has to do with shots being fired). Menyz’s colors are a perfect complement to Freire’s art. That breathtaking page is breathtaking in no small part due to the colors.
Bottom Line: The Green Hornet is one of the most consistently thrilling and solid series out there. Waid has been doing some very impressive things with the Hornet, and it looks like he has a truly grand finale planned. The wait for it will be hard. 5/5
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