Review: Mark Waid’s The Green Hornet #6
Stripped of his resources, the Green Hornet is in danger of being exposed by the underworld–and they won’t take kindly to Hornet’s acts of gangland espionage!
This week the Green Hornet and Kato ride again. The Hornet has reconciled with Kato and now Britt Reid is trying to get things back on track in Green Hornet #6. The issue is written by Mark Waid with art by Ronilson Freire. Marcio Menyz handles colors with Troy Peteri providing lettering. Does Mark Waid start to show a little light at the end of the dark, dark tunnel Britt has been going through?
The Hornet has started to piece together who the people responsible for all of his recent troubles are. After wrongly accusing a man of being the bomber in the pages of The Daily Sentinel, things have gotten progressively worse. Even Britt’s closest friend and crime fighting partner Kato left him for six weeks. Now that the two have come back together, The Green Hornet starts to make his rounds in the criminal underworld. The Hornet and Kato start to shake down informants, collect protection money, and rough a few enforcers up. Kato still isn’t pleased with Britt’s new means of doing business, but he admits they are effective. When a steel mill is bombed, the police start to think the bomber behind everything is none other than our hero. Will the Hornet and Kato have to do the unthinkable to get in good with the real culprits? Kato and Britt may be friends again, but is the rest of Britt’s life still in shambles?
Waid writes another great issue. We get some surprising developments along the way, but this issue shows us how the Green Hornet has been a little fiercer and getting his hands a little dirtier to help fight crime. We’re going farther down the rabbit hole than ever before. Things are finally looking up for Britt as far as his personal relationships are going, but we’re not out of the woods yet. Freire’s art is phenomenal. The steel mill bombing shows us a gruesome scene unlike anything we’ve seen in the book before. The fight scenes are bigger and the punches appear to hit harder. The character work and backgrounds are still detailed and very much of the time period. Menyz’s colors get a chance to shine as well. One scene in particular features the Hornet and Kato bursting through a door in style.
Bottom Line: Month in and month out Mark Waid continues to present compelling stories not only about the Green Hornet but Britt Reid as well. Dynamite has an amazing line of pulp comics, and this series is easily one of its best. 4/5