Review: Mark Waid’s Green Hornet #8
Even back then, chicks dug the car. But the Green Hornet’s limousine, the Black Beauty, holds a deadly secret that can tear the Hornet’s life to pieces!
The Green Hornet and Kato are back in action this week in the pages of Mark Waid’s Green Hornet #8. Joining Waid is artist Ronilson Freire, colorist Marcio Menyz, and letterer Troy Peteri. How does this month’s adventure of the masked crime fighter posing as a criminal measure up?
The Green Hornet has recruited many soldiers in his day. It takes an army to fight crime when you’re pretending to be a criminal, but this is the story about how he formed his most loyal soldiers. Young little street urchins are using their sticky fingers all across the city. They’re bringing in their loot to the tyrannical Green Hornet who demands the best or they get “cut loose.” When one African-American child is thrown out for being in the white shack, he goes in search of something to make things right. He comes across the “fake” Green Hornet and his assistant Kato. When he tries to lead what he believes are doppelgangers into a trap, the Green Hornet may just find himself in one of the most important cases he’s ever had.
Waid writes a stunning issue this month. The story has progressed from last month slightly, but this feels like a peripheral or one-shot story. You can guess how this will tie back into the larger picture, but it’s such an interesting story that tugs on the ol’ heartstrings that you’re OK with the side story. Everything has been grim and serious, so it’s nice to see a different side of the Hornet. Freire’s art is crisp and very clean. With the cast this issue largely being the street kids, the artist does a great job of presenting some rambunctious and downright pitiful children. There are a couple of action scenes and Freire handles those just as well. The “real” Green Hornet is a nice opposite of the real deal too. Peteri’s colors are spot on. The lighting and shading are impressive with the story largely taking place in poorly lit shacks. Things feel very warm overall.
Bottom Line: We’ve had great Green Hornet stories, but this is one with some heart. Waid presents a nice sidestep before diving back into the hard-edged story we’ve been following. 4/5