Publisher’s Summary: “Britt Reid Jr., the scion of the Daily Sentinel publishing empire, vanishes during a wild party on his friend’s yacht. Meanwhile, crime spikes in the streets of Century City with the mysterious criminal/secret vigilante the Green Hornet absent. It’s only a matter of time before SOMEONE puts two and two together, and it’s up to Kato, former partner of Britt’s father, and his daughter Mulan to protect the city AND the Green Hornet legacy, while finding out what happened to Britt. Amy Chu (Red Sonja, Poison Ivy, KISS) picks up where Kevin Smith left off with an action packed mystery.”
Generations of the Reid family have donned a mysterious mask to fight evil doers, but the authority and influence of the notorious Green Hornet has slipped recently. His lack of presence has resulted in an abundance of imitators and a rise in crime. The city is on edge and something must be done to restore order in the underworld and honor among thieves. The truth about the legend of the Green Hornet must also be kept under wraps and in the family.
Amy Chu broadens the definition of family to include the family of choice. Kato has always been family to Britt Reid, Sr. and now to Junior as well. It is then, a natural choice that Mulan, Kato’s daughter is also to be considered part of the family. Amy Chu connects the dots between past and present in both the fictional canon and the real world and she does so seamlessly. A dubious hero from the dusty pulps of the last century is now allowed to move with the times in a lively and appealing manner. Nothing seems forced and it all adds a welcome freshness.
With angled perspectives and grand use of shadow, German Erramouspe evokes the look of the serial shorts and noir films of the depression era adding to the mood and tone of the story. No matter how many times the Green Hornet is said to be a hero, the Green Hornet should never look like one.
The Bottom Line:
This modern take on Green Hornet hits all the rights notes blending nostalgia with a solid story that continues and expands on all that has come before.