Comic Review: Green Hornet: One Night in Bangkok #1 (Dynamite Entertainment)

In the new One Shot “One Night in Bangkok” from Dynamite, Green Hornet faces off against a terrifying foe: Snake. A powerful killer, Snake has boasted that Green Hornet will […]

In the new One Shot “One Night in Bangkok” from Dynamite, Green Hornet faces off against a terrifying foe: Snake. A powerful killer, Snake has boasted that Green Hornet will become his next corpse!!

Writer Shannon Eric Denton starts us off in Bangkok, where there is a fight to the death. We see and ‘feel’ the power of Snake in battle. How foreshadowing! Snake’s next assignment is to malign the reputation of Green Hornet (reasons) and to humiliate and kill him. So, from the One Night in Bangkok, we then move along to Century City for the remainder of the book.

It’s a dramatic comic, but for (again) first-time readers like me, a bit disconcerting. It seems that Green Hornet is a powerful figure, ruling the gangs of Century City?? Huh? Bear with me, as I presumed GH to be a hero, driving around and fighting crime! I am confused by references to “Hornet” and “Green Hornet”, and wondering what’s up there. So, dear reader, I am a confused reviewer, hanging on for dear life. Which of course, brings up a point: in a One Shot, can we assume that this is an excellent jumping-on point for new readers? Is Green Hornet a bad guy now?

Artist Jethro Morales (colours by Jorge Sutil, letters by Taylor Esposito) works the angles, blackens the panel gutters, keeping it all dark and salacious. It’s murky with green lighting, rain and violence. The punches, the pounding home of the hammering blows, the grainy flashbacks of the villains, all well treated. It’s a book that is packed full of confrontations and consternation.

Strong cover by Dan Panosian, other covers are available too.

Green Hornet One Night In Bangkok, One Shot, Dynamite Comics, $4.99 for 30 pages of content.

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