Kevin Smith’s Green Hornet | A Batman That Kills

I’ve talked about my love for Kevin Smith and openly pleaded for the man to do more comics. Here I humbly sit typing a pseudo review of his Green Hornet run. We are at issue 3 and Smith is weaving your standard tale of revenge, but the sheer coolness factor of these characters makes this a read worth following.

Kevin Smith’s Green Hornet is penned almost 80 years after the original character was conceived. He is now an old man, with a brash son that thinks of no one but himself. Our Green Hornet, as fans might remember him, still has the fight but the body just doesn’t have the desire. There are a lot of secrets revolving around who Green Hornet actually is but this (like almost every other current run) begins with the death of our original hero at the hands of nefarious mobsters.

The Preacher Factor

Consider why I love Preacher (and I hope you will agree/sympathize). The characters really stand out and this just makes the read for me. Preacher’s story is an intriguing premise, but do we really see some solid reasoning behind why the journey continues? Jessie wants revenge, maybe answers, but can you really pinpoint his motives to go on a quest for God?

Ultimately I don’t care. I want Jessie (as John Wayne Custer) to punch God in the face because that’s what I was promised. I’m so involved in Jessie’s journey for redemption and to discover his manhood, that to deter me from that for the sake of giving Jessie a reason to commit spiritual defamation would be a fatal blow to the story.

I think the same argument applies to this. Green Hornet’s plot largely revolves around (surprise) a death in the family. So naturally our MC wants revenge; a pretty simple premise that works. Don’t believe me? See: Bruce Wayne.

Kato is so totally awesome here that it makes me want to shout for joy. One particularly wicked cool sequence involves Kato breaking a guy’s hand with her heel and kicking a pool ball into his face. Oh, and Kato’s a lady. The pages invite you to get lost in them.

Go ahead and read with little voices too, I won’t tell anyone.

The Art of Green Hornet

Jonathan Lau handles the pencils and we can see some beautiful work. Open any particular issue and you will see a highly stylized book with colors that compliment the mood. Ivan Nunes paints our world and gives it life. This is definitely a book where color enhances the value of the story. Though it would be cool to see a pencil special edition one shot, I think it would have to be set in the original time line.

So much thought was put into the action sequences that at times you forget you are reading a comic instead of watching an animatic. Motion blur effects are incorporated well, and the book has this scratchy kung-fu movie feel to it. (See most of Immortal Iron Fist)

Green Hornet | Yay or Nay?

Green Hornet gets as many thumbs up as I can possibly muster (I currently have two hands and believe all thumbs are attached, so you dot he math). I love this book, I buy all of its current runs and Kevin Smith is Godlike to me handles Green Hornet very well. If you liked his Daredevil you will love this.


I’ve talked about my love for Kevin Smith and openly pleaded for the man to do more comics. Here I humbly sit typing a pseudo review of his Green Hornet run. We are at issue 3 and Smith is weaving your standard tale of revenge, but the sheer coolness factor of these characters makes this a read worth following.

Kevin Smith’s Green Hornet is penned almost 80 years after the original character was conceived. He is now an old man, with a brash son that thinks of no one but himself. Our Green Hornet, as fans might remember him, still has the fight but the body just doesn’t have the desire. There are a lot of secrets revolving around who Green Hornet actually is but this (like almost every other current run) begins with the death of our original hero at the hands of nefarious mobsters.

The Preacher Factor

Consider why I love Preacher (and I hope you will agree/sympathize). The characters really stand out and this just makes the read for me. Preacher’s story is an intriguing premise, but do we really see some solid reasoning behind why the journey continues? Jessie wants revenge, maybe answers, but can you really pinpoint his motives to go on a quest for God?

Ultimately I don’t care. I want Jessie (as John Wayne Custer) to punch God in the face because that’s what I was promised. I’m so involved in Jessie’s journey for redemption and to discover his manhood, that to deter me from that for the sake of giving Jessie a reason to commit spiritual defamation would be a fatal blow to the story.

I think the same argument applies to this. Green Hornet’s plot largely revolves around (surprise) a death in the family. So naturally our MC wants revenge; a pretty simple premise that works. Don’t believe me? See: Bruce Wayne.

Kato is so totally awesome here that it makes me want to shout for joy. One particularly wicked cool sequence involves Kato breaking a guy’s hand with her heel and kicking a pool ball into his face. Oh, and Kato’s a lady. The pages invite you to get lost in them.

Go ahead and read with little voices too, I won’t tell anyone.

The Art of Green Hornet

Jonathan Lau handles the pencils and we can see some beautiful work. Open any particular issue and you will see a highly stylized book with colors that compliment the mood. Ivan Nunes paints our world and gives it life. This is definitely a book where color enhances the value of the story. Though it would be cool to see a pencil special edition one shot, I think it would have to be set in the original time line.

So much thought was put into the action sequences that at times you forget you are reading a comic instead of watching an animatic. Motion blur effects are incorporated well, and the book has this scratchy kung-fu movie feel to it. (See most of Immortal Iron Fist)

Green Hornet | Yay or Nay?

Green Hornet gets as many thumbs up as I can possibly muster (I currently have two hands and believe all thumbs are attached, so you dot he math). I love this book, I buy all of its current runs and Kevin Smith is Godlike to me handles Green Hornet very well. If you liked his Daredevil you will love this.


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