For those of you that don’t remember, filmmaker Kevin Smith was approached in 2004 to write and direct a movie about pulp hero, The Green Hornet. While Smith’s film never came to fruition, the idea for his abandoned project has resurfaced, taking his script and adapting it to comic form.
*SPOILERS/PLOT SYNOPSIS AHEAD*
Written by Smith and illustrated by Jonathan Lau, the story thus far depicts Britt Reid (aka The Green Hornet) and his sidekick Kato hanging up their masks and parking the Black Beauty as they finally rid Century City of the last few crime families. With Kato heading home to Asia, Britt promises his wife that his crime fighting days are over, and they can now raise their son in a city free of mob presence. Jump ahead 20 some odd years and little Britt Jr. is all grow’d up. But the grass is not green for this Hornet offspring. His girlfriend has left him, he does a lousy job working for his dad at family-owned newspaper, The Daily Sentinel, and to make matters worse, he mooned the paparazzi on his front stoop. Our potential hero, ladies and gentlemen!
It’s obvious where Smith is going with his updated take on the 74-year-old character. Britt Jr. will (reluctantly?) take up his father’s mantle and attempt to once again rid Century City of crime. It’s a predictable story, but the mystery of how it will play out in a modern setting might be what gets readers to pick up the following issues. I’ll give them one reason: Lady Kato. ’nuff said.
Smith’s dialogue is a little silly at times (some bad jokes by The Hornet during a mob bust might elicit a few groans from readers), but fans of the overcoat-wearing hero will definitely appreciate Lau’s stunning art (supplemented by Phil Hester’s breakdowns and Ivan Nunes’s colors).
And be on the lookout for more Green Hornet exposure this year. The Michel Gondry/Seth Rogen film hits theaters on 12/22.
Green Hornet – Episode 1: Night and Day is published by Dynamite Entertainment and is on comic shop shelves now. Variant covers by John Cassaday, J. Scott Campbell, Stephen Segovia, and the master artist, Alex Ross.