Comic Book Review: Green Hornet: Reign Of The Demon #1
Its been some time since I popped open a pulp hero story, and Green Hornet: Reign Of The Demon seemed like that perfect opportunity to do so. Its a plus as well that Green Hornet: Reign Of The Demon isn’t one of those stories that is a retelling or taking us back to the origins. Sometimes you can only read the same thing so many times since a lot of these don’t tend to be ongoings. Plenty of potential for this creative team to do as they please as the description of this story hinted.
Where this first issue picks up is interesting because you are reminded of just how Green Hornet operates which is very different from most vigilantes out there. This is someone who implants himself into the criminal world and goes to those dark places in order to bring them down from the inside. A creative approach when actions filled with so much risk to yourself if you get caught. With that said, seeing that someone like Green Hornet does these kinds of things, it also catches your attention as to how at the same time he uses his head more than most. He’s not someone who has a string of connections, or a unique ability that would allow him to spring into action with too much worry of instantly being lit up by bullets. While a new reader might want to know what the Green Hornet did back when to try to take back Chicago, I do think enough was explained for you to know what he is capable of and still does to make sure the same thing can’t happen twice.
Now where this story begins to pull you in is when the hard realization begins to set in that it will take more than what Green Hornet and Kato have been doing to genuinely keep the streets clean. What’s worse than a criminal who comes out of the blue? One who has been there the whole time waiting for the opportunity to strike. And better yet, one who uses your same shtick to instill fear in those he wants to control. This was a time for them to really think outside of the box and that came with some trial and error that you would expect during these times.
Getting back into pulp stories like this came with the excitement of being reminded of how hostile these times were. There aren’t many restrictions to the things that these mob bosses and organizations do to take control and hold on to that control.
The art team of Kewber Baal and Adriano Augusto are great choices for Green Hornet: Reign Of The Demon. If there’s one thing I appreciate more when it comes to the pulp stories, it is quality art work. I’m not going to say that there is a great deal of expectation that comes with thee kinds of stories, but you never want to fall short on capturing the excitement of these times. Baal is a fine penciler who has a familiar style that if you’ve read enough of these stories. Mainly when it comes to how the people are drawn. A great amount of detail went into making them look human between faces and clothing. Though better than this is how Baal doesn’t hold back when it comes to showing how brutal the criminal world is. Especially when it comes to the things Demone himself does to make his statement. A number of things unsightly, yet all the same necessary to the tone of the story. Adriano Augusto’s colors are also standout. Being that a lot of what the Green Hornet does is at night, there was a great application of dark colors. This includes dark colors and reds that add to the brutal nature of Demone’s actions. Overall colors that like Baal’s style are fitting to what you usually get from this time.
With the conclusion of Green Hornet: Reign Of The Demon #1, Green Hornet and Kato might have gotten more than they have bargained for. Unprepared for something that could be worse than the reputation they created for themselves, something worse than what they’d be willing to do to keep the streets clear, and worse than simply being misunderstood as a hero.