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Review: Green Hornet: Generations

As a fan of subversive comedy, I tend to gravitate to parodies more than any other subgenre. They best tend to tell the truth without the consumer knowing. One of the most memorable stories that come to mind, is Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog. This told a typical superhero story but through the supposed villain’s eyes.

These typical stories told through a point of view of a character who is not normally the protagonist, gives the reader more than a new perspective, but much like Howard Zinn’s books, normally gives its audience, the complete picture. This is why characters like Robin can be even more interesting than Batman depending on which Robin you are talking about. Each iteration has their own layers of issues each carries whether you are talking Damian Wayne or Dick Grayson. They each possess their own history. The reason these sidekicks follow the hero rarely is even questioned, but really should be. In Green Hornet: Generations, we find a one-time sidekick now protecting a city under siege.

We find Kato giving readers a quick introduction to who the Green Hornet is and why him and Britt Reid did what they did, until Britt died.  Now we find that his son taking over the mantle until he disappears, something that has gotten unwanted attention from criminals and forces Kato and his daughter, Mulan, to spring into action. As Kato realizes Mulan must take the mantle if they want to protect the city and find Britt Jr. Soon Mulan uses her resources as a reporter along with her friend, Tai, to follow the clues to where Britt Jr. may be, which leads them to Istanbul, where they may be closer to the truth, including the sudden appearance of a new hero, Oko, with their own agenda, one that proves to be dubious. This si where she finds Britt Jr., who refuses to take his father’s mantle back, and uncovers a secret society pulling the strings behind every major move in the world while Mulan deals with the fact that the Green Horne is blamed for a horrific tragedy. The team takes their collective talents to Hong Kong where they pull off a heist to break into a bank, which holds the secrets they have been looking for. By book’s end, we find out the enemy was closer than anyone ever thought, while trouble diverted on both ends, as Britt Jr. stops a company takeover and the team reemerges from all this chaos, mostly unscathed.

Overall, the collection is a gripping story that both reinvigorates the franchise and introduces new characters that carry on the mythology. The story by Amy Chu is action packed, entertaining, and intricate. The art by German Erramouspe is lavish and beautiful. Altogether, it’s a story that feels fresh, upends character tropes, and pulls readers into the world of Century City and the Green Hornet.

Story: Amy Chu Art: German Erramouspe
Story: 10 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.7 Recommendation: Buy

Dynamite Entertainment provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Green Hornet: Generations TP

Green Hornet: Generations TP

writer: Amy Chu
artist: German Erramouspe
cover: Stephane Roux
FC | 128 pages | $19.99 | Teen+

Britt Reid Jr., the scion of the Daily Sentinel publishing empire, vanishes during a wild party on his friend’s yacht. Meanwhile, crime spikes in the streets of Century City with the mysterious criminal/secret vigilante the Green Hornet absent. It’s only a matter of time before SOMEONE puts two and two together, and it’s up to Kato, former partner of Britt’s father, and his daughter Mulan to protect the city AND the Green Hornet legacy, while finding out what happened to Britt. Amy Chu (Red Sonja, Poison Ivy, KISS) picks up where Kevin Smith left off with an action-packed mystery.

Preview: Green Hornet #5

Green Hornet #5

writer: Amy Chu
artist: German Erramouspe
covers: Mike McKone (A), Diego Galindo (B)
Mike McKone (RI-B/W), Diego Galindo (RI-Virg)
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Teen+

The enigmatic public hero the Oko has captured Green Hornet and Kato on live TV, but what is are his true motives? It’s up to a Daily Sentinel reporter to stop him before he exposes their identities to the whole world.

Preview: Green Hornet Omnibus Vol. 2 TP

Green Hornet Omnibus Vol. 2 TP

writers: Phil Hester, Ande Parks, Mark Rahner
artists: Igor Vitorino, Ronan Cliquet, Josef Rubinstein, Carlos Rafael
cover: Phil Hester
FC | 360 pages | $29.99 | Teen+

COLLECTING VOLUME 1 (2010) ISSUES 16-27, ANUALS 1 & 2

The mysterious and deadly Redhand makes his move against the Kato family. With Mulan ailing, and Hayashi guarding her, it falls to Green Hornet to stand alone against the deadliest foe he has ever faced. An enemy with training and knowledge surpassing even his, an enemy who can’t be found… until he strikes.

Then the “Outcast” arc sees a new power rising in Century City. A bureaucrat has seized control of the entire city, and to cement his position, he enlists the help of a killer who wears the Green Hornet costume. Now, Britt Reid, Jr. must fight for his life, and for his father’s legacy. The Green Hornet and Kato will have to get as down and dirty as their new foes to preserve everything their fathers left as legacy. In the end, nothing will ever be the same in Century City.

Preview: Green Hornet #4

Green Hornet #4

writer: Amy Chu
artist: German Erramouspe
covers: Mike McKone (A), Mike Choi (B)
Mike McKone (RI-B/W), Mike Choi (RI-Virgin)
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Teen+

Kato orders the Hornet team to Hong Kong where they’ll need to break into the ultra secure National Bank of China in order to find the answers they need. But will they be able to pull off this daring heist without attracting the attention of the public’s new favorite hero, the Oko?

Preview: Green Hornet #3

Green Hornet #3

writer: Amy Chu
artist: German Erramouspe
covers: Mike McKone (A), Stephane Roux (B)
Mike McKone (RI-B/W), Stephane Roux (RI-Virgin)
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Teen +

In Istanbul, Mulan and Daily Sentinel reporter Tai reunite with Britt Jr. But he refuses to take the mantle of the Green Hornet back! Meanwhile, things get complicated when the mysterious hero The Oko reappears and blames the Green Hornet in Sebastian’s death.

Preview: Green Hornet #2

Green Hornet #2

writer: Amy Chu
artist: German Erramouspe
covers: Mike McKone (A), Sean Chen (B), Mike McKone (RI-B/W), Sean Chen (RI-B/W)
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Teen +

The new Green Hornet embarks on her journey to become a hero and faces a threat unlike any she’s ever faced before!

Around the Tubes

It was new comic book day yesterday! What’d everyone get? What’d you enjoy? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below! While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

The Beat – Eddie Campbell Has Some Comics on His New Website – Go check it out!

The Comichron – Black Panther continues reorder chart domination; Spidey rules advance reorders – This should be no surprise.

 

Reviews

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Newsarama – Green Hornet #1

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Around the Tubes

It’s new comic book day! What’s everyone getting? What are you looking forward to? What are you reading first? Sound off in the comments below! While you wait for shops to open, here’s a bunch of news and reviews from around the web.

Metal Injection – Norway’s Bloody Black Metal History Is Being Turned Into A Comic Series – Nice! We’re sure there’ll be lots of forests for them to get lost in.

ICv2 – Pepe the Frog Creator Sues InfoWars – Good!

 

Reviews

The Beat – Compulsive Comics

Newsarama – Crowded #1

Newsarama – Doctor Star and the Kingdom of Lost Tomorrows #1

Newsarama – Dodge City #1

Nothing But Comics – Firebug

Newsarama – Gideon Falls #1

Newsarama – Green Hornet #1

Newsarama – Oblivion Song #1

Talking Comics – Relic Dragon #1

Comic Attack – The Terrifics #1

Talking Comics – The Wilds #1

Preview: Green Hornet #1

Green Hornet #1

writer: Amy Chu
artist: German Erramouspe
covers: Mike Choi (A), Carli Ihde (B), Mike McKone (C), CP Wilson III (D)
Mike Choi (RI-Virgin), Carli Ihde (RI-B/W), Mike McKone (RI-B/W)
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Teen +

Britt Reid Jr., the scion of the Daily Sentinel publishing empire, vanishes during a wild party on his friend’s yacht. Meanwhile, crime spikes in the streets of Century City with the mysterious criminal/secret vigilante the Green Hornet absent. It’s only a matter of time before SOMEONE puts two and two together, and it’s up to Kato, former partner of Britt’s father, and his daughter Mulan to protect the city AND the Green Hornet legacy, while finding out what happened to Britt. Amy Chu (Red Sonja, Poison Ivy, KISS) picks up where Kevin Smith left off with an action packed mystery.

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