Thursday, March 18, 2010

One Good Thing And One Bad Thing About Green Hornet #1

GOOD THING: Kevin Smith's gift for dialogue really comes through here and his usual jokey-style seems a natural fit for a Golden Age hero like The Hornet.

BAD THING: The ads for the many other Green Hornet mini-series coming out soon are a distraction from the comic. This is an odd bit of criticism, I admit, but there are some page breaks where the reader can be thrown by just how much the advert art looks just like what they are reading now.

The Final Verdict: A solid first issue, establishing the classic Green Hornet for those who are unfamiliar with the original character. Smith's writing is solid pulp at its' finest with the artwork by Hester and Lau being picture perfect. This is one to keep an eye on, folks!


  1. I can't get behind Smith's writing since "Cacophony" (or: "The Joker talks about butt sex as trade", if you will), but I do like the scan you posted. If my comic order is small this week, maybe I'll grab it.

  2. See, I was able to tolerate that on the grounds that it was a natural extension of Grant Morrison's take on The Joker in Arkham Asylum as the guy who will do ANYTHING to make others uncomfortable if it will get a cheap laugh.
    I think the worst Smith's humor gets in Green Hornet (apart from the final page in which we see that the Hornet's son is the male equivalent of Paris Hilton) involves the punchline when GH and Kato get into an argument over who beat up the most thugs.
    Green Hornet: And I thought you people were supposed to be good at math.
    Kato: What do you mean 'you people'?
    Green Hornet: Short people.

  3. That's...a pretty funny, clean joke, actually. I'm a sucker for misdirection jokes like that.

  4. You'll like this one then. There's quite a few groaner jokes, but I won't spoil them.