The Green Hornet enters its 29th outing. It’s definitely an improvement over the boring and slightly confusing last issue, but not by much. Honestly I think this is a series that needs a reboot and to become more like the classic show. Here the plot barely moves. It’s there, just the way things are played makes it seem like nothing happens until the final few pages. This issue, while not bad, is not something I can fully recommend. If you’re a longtime reader, then you’ll probably enjoy some of the aspects that maybe longtime readers have been expecting. (In the end though it’s just a wasteful plot element.)
Here’s the official description from Dynamite:
A new criminal mastermind to deal with, a city flooded with high-tech weapons, a new public perception to manage, and a love life that veers wildly from nonexistent to complicated as hell: Britt Reid is a man with his hands full. Part two of the ARMS RACE arc finds Green Hornet and Kato battling an all-out assault from an imported villain seeking to wipe out all competition and make Century City his own.
This issue started really well with the Hornet and Kato spying on a few crooks. Dialogue was funny and it seemed like it would be a really good issue. Then a prostitute came in and from there things went downhill. Let’s just say the Green Hornet and Kato are inspired. A truly wasted plot element that I was like, “Wait…really? Right there in the bad guy’s base?” It didn’t quite click with me. The story is divided between that and Nikita and Jeffery entering their new school. It’s pretty much standard stuff, until something major happens, which would be the main thing keeping this from feeling like a filler issue.
The art is okay, pretty good. Some instances the mayor’s face looked off to the point where it’s funny. The cover I like a lot, (referring to the variant) it’s unique and has a retro vibe to it. The main one is okay, pretty good. There isn’t much else to say about the issue, it has some action near the end with the Hornet and Kato beating up some thugs, but that’s about it. It’s more of an ‘emotional’ issue. (Which didn’t work.)
Overall, another pretty average issue of Green Hornet. It felt like filler, it didn’t feel like there was any type of major story going on. This series needs to pick up before I can fully recommend it.