Despite the news of the day continuing to keep us on the edge of our collective seats, I’m going to continue to serve up some alerts and announcements on the cool things that are coming our way in hope that they offer us some distraction during this time. Here’s an alert from Dynamite Entertainment who will be releasing a brand-new series for the iconic Green Hornet this June. Read on.
The Press Release:
Green Hornet, Kato, the Black Beauty and a bounty of gadgets are back in this artistically unique series. Featuring a slimmed-down, tight-knit creative team, fans of the classic pulp hero will be amazed. Writer Scott Lobdell (Flash Forward, Uncanny X-Men) is joined by artist Anthony Marques (Red Sonja, Vampirella), who is also handling coloring to create a stylish, minimalist palette of black, white and green. Letterer extraordinaire Taylor Esposito (Batman, No One Left To Fight) plays the comic book bass with his consistently on-point storytelling. And did we mention there’s a baby? An alien baby?
This creative team is going on nearly a decade working together in various capacities. First meeting on Red Hood and the Outlaws, Anthony has worked with his collaborators across multiple publishers including Dynamite as an editor. Today he is additionally the proprietor of the famous The Kubert School, where Esposito also currently works as an instructor. Their chemistry and candor could not be contained when Dynamite reached out for comment.
“The world is going to change for the Green Hornet and Kato in a huge way!” said artist Anthony Marques. “Scott has crafted a Green Hornet story unlike any other and I’m so excited to be the one who gets to draw it! Everyone is putting in the work to deliver not only the best Green Hornet series but the best comic series available today!”
Writer Scott Lobdell added, “One of the most fun parts of Green Hornet is the way the character lends itself to any kind of story. Noir. Superhero. Action-Adventure. Buddy Comedy. Sci-Fi. Urban Horror. We’re doing a series that combines all those elements into one epic saga. I think a lot of people are going to put these books down and say ‘Damn, they got a lot of story into this issue!”
Not missing out on the fun is editor Kevin Ketner (Elvira: Mistress of the Dark, Mars Attacks), “I have been asked multiple times to stop yelling through a megaphone about how much fun this book is going to be. The megaphone was finally confiscated, but the fun still remains. If you want to have a good time and have a few laughs while the Green Hornet and Kato do some damage to criminals, mad scientists, pan-dimensional genetic experiments gone awry and visitors from a strange and hostile planet. I highly recommend you get on board!”
A show-stopping series like this wouldn’t be complete without some real stunners in the cover art category. Fellow Kubie and maestro Lee Weeks (Batman, Daredevil) mirrors the interior color scheme. As does Marques with his newspaper inspired piece. Eisner Award-winning cover artist Dave Johnson (Superman: Red Son, 100 Bullets) brings some 60s mod flavor. Mike McKone (Teen Titans) has the most action-packed of the bunch. A double-breasted coat and smoking Tommy gun are the name of the game with Leonardo Romero (Captain America). And Walter Geovani (Red Sonja) closes it out with a limited incentive cover.
“The Green Hornet is one of the first heroes that built the foundation of the comics industry, and we’ve been proudly publishing his adventures for 10 years now. I couldn’t be happier with this new book, which is put together by a group of true comic pros with years of collective experience and strong relationships with each other and Dynamite! This is a great way to celebrate the Hornet’s 10th anniversary at Dynamite!” said Nick Barrucci, Dynamite CEO and Publisher.
GREEN HORNET #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ April 2019 Previews catalog, the premier source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in June 2020. Comic book fans are encouraged to preorder copies of the issue with their local comic book retailers. It will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Kindle, iBooks, Google Play, Dynamite Digital, ComicsPlus, and more!
About Dynamite Entertainment: Dynamite was founded in 2004 and is home to several best-selling comic book titles and properties, including The Boys, The Shadow, Red Sonja, Warlord of Mars, Bionic Man, A Game of Thrones, and more. Dynamite owns and controls an extensive library with over 3,000 characters (which includes the Harris Comics and Chaos Comics properties), such as Vampirella, Pantha, Evil Ernie, Smiley the Psychotic Button, Chastity, and Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt. In addition to their critically-acclaimed titles and bestselling comics, Dynamite works with some of the most high-profile creators in comics and entertainment, including Kevin Smith, Alex Ross, Neil Gaiman, Andy Diggle, John Cassaday, Garth Ennis, Jae Lee, Marc Guggenheim, Mike Carey, Jim Krueger, Greg Pak, Brett Matthews, Matt Wagner, Gail Simone, Steve Niles, James Robinson, and a host of up-and-coming new talent. Dynamite is consistently ranked in the upper tiers of comic book publishers and several of their titles – including Alex Ross and Jim Krueger’s Project Superpowers – have debuted in the Top Ten lists produced by Diamond Comics Distributors. In 2005, Diamond awarded the company a GEM award for Best New Publisher and another GEM in 2006 for Comics Publisher of the Year (under 5%) and again in 2011. The company has also been nominated for and won several industry awards, including the prestigious Harvey and Eisner Awards
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: For as long as I can remember, I have enjoyed the adventures of The Green Hornet. While I was too young and actually not even an idea when he first was introduced to the fans of the radio serial, I saw him in an episode of the “Batman” series from 1966. It was a two-part episode called “A Piece Of The Action” with actor Van Williams as the Hornet and also Bruce Lee as Kato. I hope that we eventually see that full classic series on Blu-ray because its never been released and the time is now since the character remains popular. I’m definitely telling my retailer to get me this series and I still need to order up the previous one by writer Amy Chu since I enjoy her work as well. Okay that’s all I have on this one. Let me know what you think of this new series announcement down in the comments section below and I will see you next time.