Green Hornet: Year One #4
Written by Matt Wagner
Art by Aaron Campbell
Cover by John Cassaday
Release date: July 2010
When I was a kid and the FX Network first started they would show the classic episodes of The Green Hornet and I would watch every single one of them. I looked up the Green Hornet back then. Well now our favorite green hat hero and trusty sidekick have their own comic series, Green Hornet: Year One.
I love this series because it tells the origins of these two characters and how they first started fighting crime in the streets of Chicago. Green Hornet: Year One #4 focuses on not only the Green Hornet and Kato taking on the mob in Chicago, but on Kato’s origin as well.
The issue was written very well by Matt Wagner and brings light to some of the questions I had about Kato when I was a kid. It shows Kato and Britt (the original Green Hornet) on a boat arriving in San Francisco where they are talking about starting a new life for Kato. As the issue goes on the story of Kato and Britt taking on the mob takes a backseat to Kato’s arrival in San Francisco. We see Kato’s loyalty to Britt and how he is willing to sacrifice himself for him. We see a fight between Kato and seven other men trying to beat up Kato and Britt.
The artwork in this book is decent, but not that great. Aaron Campbell tries to do his best with this book, but I think this series might need a different artist. In no way am I trying to knock Campbell’s talent at all, it’s just I don’t think that this is a good book for him.
Having said all of this, I love this book and I am willing to give it another shot. I like what I see so far and I give Green Hornet: Year One #4 a 3 out of 5.