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There was a time in Kevin Smith’s career where he was a sought-after director on the fast track to being able to green light anything he wanted to make. At that time, he chose Green Hornet. Well, as things go in Hollywood, that didn’t happen. This left many people wondering what Kevin Smith’s version of Green Hornet would be like. Let me just say, it would not be like this comic book. The book itself is very good but hollow compared to other works by Kevin Smith. It just doesn’t have the “feel” his books normally have. Phil Hester (Darkness, Golly) contributes to the breakdowns of the book, which more than likely played a strong role.
His girlfriend is leaving him because of his constant indecision with his life. In general, the story seemed very generic due to the third act. The action was great and Green Hornet and Kato had good chemistry with their dialog. Then, it started to take a dip when they decided to retire. The third act shows Britt Jr. and his girlfriend, which doesn’t add anything to the story. It doesn’t set up the next issue or anything for the overall plot of the series. I really liked the first two halves of the book, especially the action and even, the cheesy dialog during the fights. It fit and worked towards setting a tone for the book.
Granted, they’re spread out on different weeks, but still, it’s hard to sell one book that ships with four covers. Now try doing this with four books containing four different covers. It just seems like they’re all bound to get lost in the shuffle of themselves. It was nice to see the Green Hornet taken seriously and in action again. Too many people write him off as a goofy character and fail to see the potential. Kevin Smith seems to understand the character and has hopefully laid the ground work for new and interesting Green Hornet.
Overall Score – 7.5/10