First off, a round of applause to this series for cracking the 30 mark. Now sadly I must take back the applause because it has been nothing short of average. I’d like to consider myself a Green Hornet fan. (No, I haven’t seen the film starring Seth Rogen yet, I just can’t bring myself to do it.) When I think of the title character, I think of two guys in green suits taking on the lowest of the low and solving mysteries in a Downtown Manhattan-like setting. The series right now hasn’t been providing a steady plot or even a really engaging focus. Not awful, but not something I can recommend. The latest issue is finally bringing us the things showing us why we read this title. Still this series has a long way to go.
Here’s the official description from Dynamite:
A new villain has arrived in Century City. Gravilov is a high-tech arms dealer, bent on using Green Hornet’s city as a base from which to ship death worldwide. As Green Hornet and Kato try to stop Gravilov, the fight becomes very personal. Old enemies must become new allies, to save the lives of those dear to Kato.
So here we have Moonbeam, who has taken on a new identity which is basically a rip-off of Robin…I mean, pays homage to the Boy Wonder. I think the problem with this series is that there’s a bit of a comedy undertone and dialogue geared toward teenagers instead of compelling writing. The plot does move a little forward, but not much. Now we have a little ‘romantic’ subplot with the Hornet and Mulan. If it actually goes somewhere and they get married, I will be a happy reader. If this drags on for the rest of the series, no good. A few things are accomplished, such as the Hornet not being public enemy #1 anymore. The dialogue between Britt and Lizzybeth regarding that was smart and funny.
Art wise, it isn’t bad. Not much to complain, characters look fine for the most part. There are some really nice splash pages, such as Scowl shooting and the Hornet walking with a couple of police officers. The cover is fantastic, one of the best I’ve seen for this series.
Overall, the best issue in awhile. Of course though, that’s not saying much. There’s some nice action and some of the dialogue is funny, but it still suffers from some of the same problems this series has. With this issue, it looks like things will improve. We’ll find out next month.