By Scott Lobdell, Anthony Marques, and J. Bone
The Green Hornet returns in Dynamite’s new series, starting him off on a journey to find his missing secretary and backtracking to how he came to be the caretaker for her child in the middle of a standoff between himself, Kato, and the American military. The Green Hornet #2 continues on from the last issue with Green Hornet and Kato coming across an otherworldly threat as they are searching for his lost secretary. This alien may not be all that he seems though and is on a mission to find a particular “pilot”. Can the Green Hornet and Kato convince this alien not to destroy the human race and work alongside them to accomplish both of their goals?
The new Green Hornet series is being written by Scott Lobdell, who is certainly putting the Green Hornet in a story unlike many others written for him. These first two issues have a sort of Norma Rockwell kind of America feeling to it with some modernizations to it. For instance, the Green Hornet’s weapons and gadgets are pretty state of the art with references to “crypto currencies” and Kato swiping through his smart phone to remotely control the Black Beauty. Lobdell also has Green Hornet face off against a villain that appears very different compared to the gangsters he normally fights. It feels a bit odd for a Green Hornet story, but does a fine job keeping the reader interested in what is going to happen next. There are certainly a lot of plot points that are being set up and it can be a little hard to remember everything ranging from missing secretary and her baby, how Green Hornet ends up with the baby, the alien character and his search for a “pilot”, and now finishing at Area 51 with a new threat approaching Green Hornet and Kato.
The art for The Green Hornet #2 is done by Anthony Marques and J. Bone. These two have really made these first two issues fun to read due to the unique style they are presenting these issues in. The art style is akin to 40s comics and old strips while having a black and white color palette with a lot of different greens splashed in there. Having a green color scheme goes along well with not only the Green Hornet, but also the mysterious alien character and can be used with all of his energy effects and ghoulish appearance. The whole book makes the reader feel nostalgic for the classic kind of pulp hero that Dynamite is more known for producing lately.
The Green Hornet #2 is able to continue this series in a consistent fashion and readers who like pulp heroes and old school science fiction movies will most likely be really into this book. This series also could be remembered fondly if they build off on its unique take to the Green Hornet.