Green Hornet Annual 1 (September 2010)

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What a pointless fill-in issue. Maybe the regular series was shipping late?

Hester doesn’t do a terrible job–he certainly is able to pace the annual better than the regular series–but it just fills in a question or two no one asked about the original series.

What happened to Britt’s girlfriend and what happened to his kickboxing. I’m not sure either question needed to be answered.

The annual does expand on the mythos a little, establishing the Green Hornet as being more interested in rehabilitation than punishment. He lets this teenage lookout go (as a bemused Kato watches) and the kid grows up to be his son’s kickboxing coach. Oh, what a small world.

Unfortunately, Hester’s writing of the Britt character doesn’t match Smith’s in terms of dialogue. Hester’s Britt is a lot more eloquent and self-aware.

It’s disposable and pointless, but not bad. Art’s nice too.

CREDITS

The Straight and Narrow/i>; writer, Phil Hester; pencillers, Carlos Rafael and Michael Netzer; inkers, Rafael and Josef Rubinstein; colorist, Carlos Lopez; letterer, Troy Peteri; editor, Joseph Rybandt; publisher, Dynamite Entertainment.

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