Green Hornet #6: Review

Like an undercover narc cop that accidentally gets addicted to coke, Britt Reid (AKA The Green Hornet) is starting to like the taste of being the city’s undisputed crime boss — even though he claims not to. And Kato’s calling bullshit.

Here’s the official word from Dynamite:

Stripped of his resources, the Green Hornet is in danger of being exposed by the underworld–and they won’t take kindly to Hornet’s acts of gangland espionage!

Mark Waid’s current Green Hornet run has been one the hidden gems of the past year, showing a level of innovation and clever tinkering that’s helped make this reboot soar. The twist was actually pretty simple, but Waid’s played it up to great effect: what if the Green Hornet was pretending to be a super-villain just so he could access the underworld? This premise has allowed for some wonderful blurring of the hero / anti-hero boundary, and with issue #6 Waid takes it even further as he portrays a hero so immersed in his own faux identity that Kato begins to question his partner’s real motives. While the plot of the story revolves around the Green Hornet’s increasingly aggressive attempts to assert control of the underworld, it’s the emotional fracturing of Britt Reid –and the tension it causes with Kato — that makes this issue such a compelling read.

Ronilson Freire illustrates this issue, offering some wonderfully cinematic panels — he excels at blowing shit up, and has a special talent for drawing wise-guys getting stomped. That said, his characters can read a bit stiff in their “down” moments — answering a phone, or fretting  during dialogue offers this books more rigid panels. But he more than makes up for it with his strong action scenes.

Green Hornet is a man on the edge, and just when you think he can’t be pushed anymore, Waid nudges him a little further. And issue #6 is delight to read.


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