Review: Green Hornet #8
Here we take a step back from the main story for something a little softer in tone. The story of how the Green Hornet built his most loyal army. Of course we have to remember that heroes such as Green Hornet are able to accomplish so much because they are able to pull in resources from all over, or as he calls them his soldiers. I like stories like this because they add that extra layer of depth and understanding to the overall plot which has it’s own influence over how we look at it from that point. This is the type of grounded storytelling that Mark Waid excels at.
Through this story you do get an idea of how big of a deal Green Hornet is. Anyone can put on a fake mask and costume to easily fool others into doing whatever they say. Those familiar with Green Hornet are aware that he’s an intimidating figure that isn’t like other heroes. He acts as a villain to get enough of a reputation to do whatever he wants without much problems from those who oppose him. Now put someone who comes off as pretty much a douche and stick him with a bunch of thieving kids and they’ll do anything he says out of fear for the stories they hear about him. It’s a well constructed tale by Waid that shows him as somewhat of a legend in his own right that he can
There’s a great use of shadows and inks from Ronilson Freire in this issue. It brings out the harsh tones in which you get the idea of how these kids lived in fear due to this fake guy that wants to take advantage of them. Aside from this the detail put into the clothing really stands out as something he handles very well. Seeing every wrinkle and fold that makes these characters look more three dimensional. There is a good amount of detail in the environment as well.
This issue is a solid distraction from the events unfolding in the main progression. If you want to just keep your attention on that then maybe you might skip this issue, but if not you’re in for something a bit more light-hearted than you’re used to. This is good in a sense that Green Hornet comes off as more of a hero in this story rather than playing the role of something that he’s really not. Again Mark Waid excels at these kind of grounded stories and it shows as you have a bit more of an understanding of how Green Hornet operates through his networks. It’s worth a read in the end.