Comic Book Review: Green Hornet #1
Most people these days underestimate the power of a good pulp story. There’s one thing you will always get out of these stories that you won’t get out of mainstream superheroes, and that is a new experience every time you jump back in. The period of time could be different, the identity of the person, in general there will be some big twist that will instantly make you want to pick up that book.
As with most books like this, I liked that the main idea was to be welcoming to those who may not be familiar with who the Green Hornet is. Being that this version of the Green Hornet is female, you also would want to make sure that those who are picking this up for the sake of supporting this aren’t left feeling confused as to what they got themselves into. It goes without saying that Green Hornet tends to standout from most vigilantes for the way he operates. Regardless, it tends to be a perk that with these pulp heroes they waste little time to make sure you know who you are dealing with.
Not only do we come to be reminded of who Green Hornet is, we also find ourselves reminded of who Britt is as a publisher. For as much as we follow of his exploits as a hero, the same work is done behind the mask as well. Which was the perfect lead into the question of who will take up this mantle if Britt were gone. Everything was leading up to that one moment where it would be decided that there needed to be a new Green Hornet. After our introduction to Kato’s daughter, it wasn’t too hard to see how we might get to that point. She certainly wasn’t thrown into that role like you would have initially thought, but everything about her screamed next candidate. Especially considering she was the most qualified in this “inner circle”. My only problem is that so much time was put into the fact that Britt is missing, that there could have been a bit more time to get to know Mulan. Hopefully in due time we will get to know her better beyond being Kato’s daughter.
It only wasn’t too surprising when it came to what the city would turn into without the Green Hornet. When you have read enough of these stories, sometimes there will be a few things seen before. Of course that’s not to say it isn’t exactly what would happen considering the heavy emphasis on characters like Green Hornet is that it is a symbol more than a person. Which in other words is also a good way of saying to it down if anyone really though it isn’t possible for the Green Hornet to be anything other than a man.
The artwork was okay for this first issue. Nothing standout, but at the same time there wasn’t much expectation for a pulp story. I mean that isn’t to say that here and there I wasn’t hoping for more distinctive features for characters. Sometimes it can be a matter of perspective, though it helps the story when you can see clearly the way characters look, move, and feel. The first thing I did like was the use of the dot effect with that said. It wasn’t too heavy, and was mostly used to for shadows, but it was present. After that it was the humor in creativity that went into the Green Hornet costume for these people who thought this was their time to take advantage of Britt’s disappearance. When the symbol matters more than appearance, its anything goes from there. Beyond that, the action is fairly fluent which I would say is very important for a book like this. Anything less would probably have been a dealbreaker.
Overall I would say this was a solid start for a pulp story where the mantle has changed hands. That is something we haven’t seen in a good while, and its hard to argue that this isn’t the best time when even the Gold Key characters have gone through some changes of their own. The anticipation for next issue and beyond is that we get to see more of what Mulan is capable of and what makes her tick.