Will Dynamite‘s expansion of the Legenderry universe continue to amaze? Or is this the weak link in the chain? Read on to find out.
The official description from Dynamite:
From the pages of Bill Willingham’s LEGENDERRY, it’s Green Hornet and Kato, goggles-deep in an all-out steampunk gang war! We’ve got airships! Electric velocipedes! Semi-automatic blunderbusses! Each gang and gang lord is weirder than the last, beginning with the child psychopath who starts the war, the adorable and deadly “Little Lord Homicide.” But who’s pulling the boy’s strings?
The expansion of Legenderry continues to excite, as the dynamic duo of pulp make a return to the world of steampunk. Having been a fan of the Green Hornet and Kato for several years now, I was more than ecstatic to see them added to this expansion, finding their time in Bill Willingham‘s Legenderry: A Steampunk Adventure, and the recently ended ongoing from Mark Waid to be fascinating.
Planet of the Apes writer, Daryl Gregory handles script duties for this series, re-introducing the Green Hornet and Kato to the world of steampunk. Though this opening chapter doesn’t mesmerize, it does a great job of kicking of the mini-series, expanding brilliantly on the already fabulous world that is Legenderry. The writer also does a wonderful job of introducing some foes for the Green Hornet, and along with the exciting action, there is a lot of promising elements to this series.
Having enjoyed Brent Peeples‘ work on the Army of Darkness: Convention Invasion one-shot, I was glad to see his name attached to this series, and though the inks may have proven a little bold at times, the general atmosphere was spectacular. Creating a thoroughly enticing layout, the artist certainly manages to captivate, with the detail of his pencils mesmerizing. He also manages to capture the tone of this steampunk world fabulously, and along with Michael Bartolo deep colour palette, it allows for a eye catching look into this amazing genre.
Legenderry: Green Hornet #1 does a great job of kicking off this mini-series, as though there’s a lot to be improved upon, there is a lot of promise within this opening issue. The array of villains also intrigues, and along with the exciting art, this series is worth giving a try.