Smith's Hornet Stings True
When Britt Reid hangs up his mantle as The Green Hornet and he decides to focus more on his family and business, Britt Reid Jr. continues his never ending struggle to make life a living hell for his father. With his girlfriend leaving him, his celebutante status making a mockery of his life, and the strong hatred he has for his father, Britt Jr. decides that it might be time to start looking at what it is he has to offer his family, friends, and his city. But tragedy finds him quicker than he can right his wrongs, and a new villain in Century City appears -- The Black Hornet! With Britt's father murdered before his very eyes and with the help of a new female Kato, Britt Reid Jr. has discovered his father's secret and pledged to avenge him.
Based on a screenplay that Kevin Smith wrote for Miramax and that Phil Hester adapted into a comic book series for Dynamite Entertainment, Kevin Smith's Green Hornet is an interesting modern take on the character with new protagonists and a 21st century feel. Leaving the original Hornet and his style of crime fighting in the past makes sense, and the fact that a new Hornet would have to devise a way to operate in our technology heavy world shows through enough that it makes the premise of The Green Hornet existing very real.
I also really like the fact that it's a continuation of how it all started in the first place. For those only familiar with the 2011 film starring Seth Rogan, Britt Reid originally gets the idea when he finds out he's a descendant of The Lone Ranger, who was created by both George W. Trendle and Fran Striker, the same team that created The Green Hornet. I feel like this is an important part of the story and that many modern day interpretations of the Reids brush over or don't include this fact. The tradition is kept up in Smith's version and I'm glad that it made its way back to mainstream audiences.
The artwork by Jonathan Lau is very fluid, and the covers by Alex Ross are mesmerizing. It makes me want a more traditional styled Hornet movie than Gondry's version.
To sum it all up folks, this Hornet stings. It's the book that really surprised me so far this year, and I can't wait to read more of it.