Review: Mark Waid’s The Green Hornet #3

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For the first time, Kato has seen the darkest side of his partner, the Green Hornet–and the fracture between them will bring pain and suffering to both men–and to the entire city of Chicago!

green hornetDynamite’s new Green Hornet series rolls on this week with the release of the third issue. Mark Waid writes the story, Daniel Indro illustrates, Marcio Menyz provides colors, and Troy Peteri handles lettering. Waid has started a big story showing what happens when Britt Reid starts to believe his own press and starts to lose his way. The first two issues hit hard, so does the third issue deliver a knockout punch or have things started to get soft?

When last we saw the Green Hornet and Kato, they were surrounded by police after exiting a meat shop that served as a front to a bomb maker. It looked like the duo was truly cornered with no way out. The Hornet and Kato retreat back inside the shop so they can pull in a small number of cops who have to go in after them. In the basement with the bomb making material, the Green Hornet crosses a line that he has never crossed before. Kato, like the reader, cannot believe what he just saw. We’ve seen some cracks as Britt Reid starts to slip further into darkness as he gets blinded by his desire to do what he sees as best for his city. The Hornet crosses the line, but it’s what Britt Reid does with the Sentinel that may just be unforgivable. Kato is already questioning his dear friend and partner, but when Britt uses his newspaper to not only attack, but bludgeon a man he thinks is the mysterious Voice to death in the press, Britt has crossed a bridge that he can never turn back. What happens when even Kato is questioning the Hornet? Has Britt Reid become that which he fought so hard against?

Waid offers up another stunning issue. Like I said above, we’ve seen Britt Reid start to crack up as both the newspaper man and the vigilante, but he completely shatters this time around. It’s very rare that you’re completely and utterly shocked reading a story, but I have to say the two big twists in this issue took me by surprise. Indro’s art and Menyz’s colors are top notch as always. This issue is a little more straightforward than the previous entries with their stylish newspaper backgrounds, but we still get great characters and fantastic backgrounds. I would read this book if it was nothing but Indro drawing the city and those great retro cars. There’s a chase sequence involving the Black Beauty that is especially pleasing.

Bottom Line: This is an easy bottom line to write. If you can make me say ‘whoa’ when the final page comes around, you’ve done something great. 5/5

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