Review: Mark Waid’s The Green Hornet #9
The Hornet’s “criminal empire” has expanded–and now he’s on the radar of J. Edgar Hoover! The Green Hornet is Public Enemy Number One! Targeted by the law and organized crime, not even Britt Reid’s fortune can buy Hornet and Kato out of this fix!
The Green Hornet is back in action this week with the release of The Green Hornet #9. Mark Waid writes the story with Ronilson Freire handling art, Marcio Menyz providing colors, and Troy Peteri tackling lettering. This month the Hornet is public enemy #1 yet again, but should this comic be #1 on your must read list?
The Green Hornet and Kato are back together after a brief break resulting in some difference of opinion. Things have gotten incredibly bad for Britt Reid, but he’s finally starting to turn it around. He’s left The Daily Sentinel and has gone into the radio business. With a new day job and a new focus with his whole pretending to be a criminal mastermind night job, the Green Hornet is back on the case and investigating the string of bombings. The only problem is that the Hornet is now on J. Edgar Hoover’s radar. He lost the top spot for a while, but the Hornet is now public enemy #1. Chicago’s finest, along with the FBI, are doing everything they can to stop him. But how does Lt. Edward Dugan play into the Hornet’s new plan? The cop he tried to bribe has come back, but is he a friend or foe? Can the Hornet continue to hold everything together?
Waid writes a great story. This is just pure, unadulterated Green Hornet goodness. The Hornet and Kato are out hitting the streets and the cops are looking for him. Waid adds in a real gut-punch secondary story thread with the return of Lt. Dugan. That story is meaty enough to work on its own, but Waid weaves it into the things the Hornet and Kato are doing very well. This one brings some things we’ve seen in previous issues back around to the forefront. Waid has been playing the long game with these 9 issues and things are starting to form a bigger picture now. Freire’s art is very sleek and detailed. The character work is still top notch and the Black Beauty has never looked better. There are a few panels that don’t quite have the punch that the story does. There is one in particular that feels like it hits the wrong note. It doesn’t convey quite the emotion it’s supposed to. That wouldn’t be so bad scattered throughout the issue, but the big standout takes place in the final panel. Menyz’s colors are stellar. There are several different settings and Menyz lights them all perfectly. There’s a real cinematic touch to a lot of the art and colors, none more so than the Black Beauty heading out.
Bottom Line: The Green Hornet is an incredibly enjoyable story and a great take on the character. There are a few panels that makes you raise an eyebrow, but it doesn’t make this story any less solid. 4/5