Review: Mark Waid’s The Green Hornet #7
Now that The Voice has been silenced, a new menace threatens the city–and without the Hornet around to protect the citizens, can Kato survive as a solo agent?
The Green Hornet and Kato continue their fight against crime this week in the pages of Green Hornet #7. The series is written by Mark Waid with art from Ronilson Freire. Marcio Menyz handles colors with Troy Peteri handling lettering. Seven issues into the new run, does Waid keep the magic alive?
The Green Hornet and Kato are being tested. The Hornet has been told to blow up the hotel room of an FBI Agent looking into the three Chicago firms that have been targeted in the recent string of bombings. The Hornet can either push the plunger and kill the agent or refuse and blow his cover, destroying everything he and Kato have been working on for years. The Hornet is a little smarter than that though. He realizes there’s a third option. After navigating that tricky situation, Britt Reid must continue his search for the source of all the recent trouble as well as keep up his public persona as a new radio station owner. Britt is preparing for the grand opening of WBR Radio, the next step in the new age of information. Newspapers are a thing of the past, requiring time to get stories out. Radio allows for instant transmission. With Britt stretched thinner than ever before, he and Kato are going to need a little help. This help will not only have to lend a hand on the Britt Reid side of things, but also help gather information for his and Kato’s late night exploits. Who can Britt trust his secret with? Will this new set of hands be able to aid the Hornet in stopping the new threat that has emerged?
Waid writes a great issue. We get a very action-packed opening that transitions into some character and plot development. Britt is repairing his public appearance while redoubling his efforts and tackling the source of this recent string of corporate espionage and destruction. Waid keeps everything in a constant state of motion, giving the story no time to lag or get weighed down by too much exposition. Freire’s art is solid. He makes the Hornet and Kato two very dashing figures. Freire has a great eye for old school pulp action as well. Menyz’s colors compliment the art well and really pop when there’s a few big, solid background action panels.
Bottom Line: Once again Waid gives us a fun and thrilling tale of The Green Hornet and Kato’s exploits. Dynamite is the destination for pulp, and Waid’s Green Hornet is easily one of the best titles they have to offer. I keep waiting for a misstep with this series, but it hasn’t happened yet. 4.5/5