Review: Mark Waid’s Green Hornet #5
Once one of the wealthiest and most influential men in the city, ex-publisher Britt Reid can’t seem to put his life back together–but if he doesn’t do it soon, the Green Hornet will pay the ultimate price!
It’s that magical time of the month again when a new issue of Mark Waid’s Green Hornet series comes out. Issue #5, written by Waid of course, features art by Ronilson Freire. Marcio Menyz handles colors and Troy Peteri tackles lettering. With Britt Reid completely broken and without a partner, is there any reason to tune in to the Green Hornet?
Britt Reid has been using The Daily Sentinel to wage a public war on the forces of evil, or just anyone he thinks is doing wrong. After falsely accusing Winston Miles in the Sentinel of being behind the string of bombings, Reid has been in a tailspin of despair. His mayoral bid was shattered due to his risky tactics of accusing people of wrongdoings in the paper, Winston Miles tried to kill himself, and Kato left Britt and the Hornet. Things cannot get any worse for Britt. He is completely broken. He sees just how far he has fallen in his public persona, and he’s using his time as the Green Hornet to track down Kato. The Hornet’s best friend and confidant has been working on his own, trying to fix some of the things Reid ruined. When the two men find each other, is there a friendship left to save? Can Britt Reid start to build himself and his media empire back up?
Waid writes another astounding issue. We’ve seen Britt Reid completely broken and shattered, but we see him broken just a little more. We do however get to see Reid start to build himself back up again. When he starts to rearrange all the pieces things are going to look and feel a lot different from now on. With a newfound clarity, Reid is trying to set things right. We’re starting to see a light at the end of his tunnel of hubris. Frere’s art is just as great. Last month I took a few issues with some things mainly due to it being a transition with a new artist, but there is nothing to knock this time. The first page alone is worth the price of admission. We see Reid high atop a pedestal thinking he is invincible, only to see the bottom part of the page showing it all shattering around the mask of the Green Hornet. Freire’s character works is terrific. Menyz’s colors are on point as always. It’s always a treat to see the beautiful glow of the Black Beauty.
Bottom Line: How many times do I have to say you need to be reading this book? I’m running out of creative ways to say it, but this is a terrific new take on the Green Hornet and Waid has set things up for an interesting future. Some things come to an end this time, but we see some new seeds sown. Waid brings the action, but it’s more about the men behind the masks and their relationships. This is one of the few Green Hornet runs where you wished Britt Reid got equal, if not more, screen time than the Hornet. A great story and inventive art makes this required reading. 5/5