Comics draw all sorts of types of people, not least of which are those who want to read ongoing stories of the same characters. Green Hornet is no different, but in this case I’m picking this issue up because of the writer behind it.
Writer Jai Nitz has recently been killing it on Dream Thief which means I’ll be following him wherever he goes. A much less complex superhero book is different however, so let’s crack this one open, is it good?
Green Hornet Legacy #41 (Dynamite Entertainment)
This issue opens on an Oracle-like character informing Green Hornet they’ve got tabs on all the cemeteries. He and his superhero friends are trying to stop a zombie uprising, which when you think about it, is pretty new for Hornet. Although the character is typically portrayed in the 50’s this is modernized and you can even see this in his costume: He looks sharp, cool and ready for anything. His teammates are also rather progressive, including a transgender ex-Olympian hero (Hey, isn’t that cheating?), a Latino Robin Hood, and an Egyptian themed hero just to name a few. The book opens introducing all these characters, setting up the stakes and delivering a nice feel for what we’re in for. Plus zombies!
Pretty boss. Especially with those clouds.
An element of Green Hornet that’s always been part of the character is his weapons and I have to say Nitz gives good reason to give him a new type of gun. This one is used to take out the zombies in a special way. It seems they’ve been manufactured to emit radiation, so even if you stop them from biting you you’ll be poisoned by the radiation. Yeesh. That’s another element that’s rather original, at least in my opinion, as the zombies are science experiments made as weapons. Aside from Resident Evil I think that’s a relatively new idea and to make it better it’s conveyed here in a fun superhero type of way which sets it further apart.
The art by Jethro Morales delivers slightly cartoony, yet dark and moody imagery. I particularly like his layouts, which from time to time swing the camera in new and interesting ways. The way he uses the panels to pace the story is also exceptional.
The colors by Kristy Swan, while a bit dark, suit the creepy zombie storyline. I’m not sure who gets credit, but the clouds in the background in a bunch of the shots look pretty rad too. It makes the characters pop, and it’s just enough reality mixed with the cartoony drawings to make things feel otherworldly.
- Nice layouts
- A fun superhero comic that isn’t dark for darks sake. Kinda reminds me of TMNT in its tone
- Easy to follow going in blind
- A bit lost with the twist ending, but that’s my fault too
- Aside from description boxes there isn’t any character development
Is It Good?
Even though I came in blind and this is the penultimate issue in the story arc I still had a lot of fun reading this book. This is partly because it’s paced well but also because it captures a superhero vibe that’s fun and compelling.