Green Hornet: Reign of the Demon #1
Writer: David Liss
Illustrator: Kewber Baal
Colors: Adriano Augusto
Letters: Tom Napolitano
Cover: Ken Lashley and Pete Pantazis
The cover of Green Hornet: Reign of the Demon #1 by Ken Lashley and Pete Pantazis is awesome. Exquisitely drawn and beautifully inked and colored. The expert light-angel coming down from the top provides enough shadow to give the work a dark and edgy feel – which works perfectly with the Green Hornet and Kato. However, and this is where the skill comes in, there is enough light provided to see the characters of Green Hornet and Kato clearly and with a fair amount of definition and dimension. Also, great, bold color choices are used in varying shades in a very defining way.
The interior illustrations of Green Hornet: Reign of the Demon #1 by Kewber Baal and Adriano Augusto were spectacular as well. The panels flowed nicely and weren’t choppy at all. The lines were definite and intentional as were the colors. This was done so well actually that it seems like it was done on a computer instead of boards. But either way the presentation turned out good and matched the feel of the story and the style of the dialogue.
The story of Green Hornet: Reign of the Demon #1 by David Liss was amazing. It’s inviting in that a vast knowledge of the characters is not required to enjoy it. There is plenty of explanation as to past exploits to get the reader through the story. I have never really read Green Hornet before. I’ve just never really been interested in a hero always being saved by his sidekick. But this perspective is from watching the old television show with Bruce Lee. But this comic has changed my mind. In David Liss’ hands the campy nature of the 1960’s show is replaced by pulp-noir darkness. In this story Green Hornet is no hero and he doesn’t claim to be. But he is the man Chicago needs. David Liss actually gives the character a nice sharp edge to him. I found his writing refreshing and intriguing.
Green Hornet: Reign of the Demon #1 takes place in Chicago. A city that lives in infamy for its political corruption and dirty, greedy cops. And while the Green Hornet is no hero, he and Kato are all that stands in the way between Chicago, it’s gangsters and the innocent. Recently Green Hornet and Kato took down the Cerelli family. They did it one piece at a time, but Cerelli is gone nonetheless. But a new boss has arisen. Yet another masked criminal kingpin hiding his identity named Demone, aka The Demon. And according to Green Hornet, there’s only enough room for one masked criminal in Chicago.
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