The Green Hornet #2 easily holds up the standard set by Mark Waid and company in the first issue, and in some respects, surpasses it. This book is the perfect gateway to get people introduced into Dynamite’s excellent Pulp Heroes world that they’ve spend so much time setting up.
Is there any comic that Mark Waid can’t write? I mean, seriously. After spending years reading his work on super hero books, and loving them, I expected something TOTALLY different from what’s he’s given us with this book. The result? I couldn’t be happier. And neither will you, when you start reading this. What surprises me most about this comic is that Waid makes the the Green Hornet an ACTUAL villain. Not a “let me confuse the police and then do the right thing,” no. He’s an actual, honest to God villain. Villains are normally not very pleasant people, but most gangsters had a certain gentleman’s code that they lived up to. Not so for the Green Hornet. He’s the baddest of the bad. And he spends the majority of this issue proving it.
Daniel Indro is SO good on this title. He’s got everything covered. From fantastic page layouts to all the right technology and background scenery to the old school action that he brings to the page, it’s from start to finish a great looking comic book. I would have to know how much time he spends looking up things like “1940s hospital bed” or 1940s printing press,” but boy does his commitment to making this title as authentic as possible show. The art is just spectacular in this comic.
If you’re not reading this book, you’re really missing out. It’s comics like this that made pulp heroes so popular. This book captures your imagination, takes you to a different reality all together, but is yet firmly grounded in a world with no super powers. This is just too good to pass up.