Issue 2 of Kevin Smith’s Green Hornet comic is on the shelves. Will it be flying off said shelves? Difficult to say.
Issue 1 left readers with some interesting questions. What will prompt the Hornet to resurface? How will Britt Jr. fill his dad’s shoes? Who is the lady Kato featured on the covers? These are a few questions that motivated me to crack open #2. Sadly, the pages of the second issue of Kevin Smith GH interpretation are severely lacking. But is it the writer’s fault, or is this chapter a victim of storytelling circumstance?
In Green Hornet #2, Kevin Smith spends a lot of time stating and restating that Britt Reid (aka the former Green Hornet) has a strained relationship with his son. They talk. They bicker. We get it. Smith also beats the reader over the head with a lot of unnecessary political nonsense about the upcoming mayoral election in Century City. Now, one could argue that this is Act 2 and is all part of the setup for the much grander scope of the story. Maybe. I hope Smith doesn’t spend too much time building up, only to have to rush the story’s climax. Plenty of comic mini-series have suffered that same fate recently.
After all the talk, it’s not until the last few pages of the issue that Smith throws some action in. A mysterious Asian woman (obviously the new Kato) crashes the mayor’s fund raiser party and helps Britt and Britt fend off some ninja/commando attackers. Yes, you read that right. And that’s where Smith ends the issue and once again leaves the reader with questions. Unfortunately, they are the same questions from the end of issue 1. Will readers want to bother picking up issue 3? Perhaps. Hopefully, Smith won’t jerk around the loyal page-turners for another issue. Let’s see some crime fighting, Kevin! C’mon! Pull the cover off the Black Beauty and let some sweet jade justice be brought forth!
If you’re a die-hard GH fan, like me, you’ll give this issue a go. But hang in there, fans. While this one’s pretty rough, I’m hoping Mr. Smith delivers in the future installments.