-This article was possible due to the gift of a review copy, QWERTY, and rolling natural 20s.
Guest Writer: Stonie Williams
The Green Hornet ’66 Meets The Spirit #5
Script: Fred Van Lente
Art: Bob Q
Color: Dearbhla Kelly
Letters: Travis Lanham
The original Spirit, Denny Colt, gets a surprise visit from someone seeking revenge. Meanwhile, Ebony White, the new Spirit, races across town. The Green Hornet and Kato are in the back seat bleeding from gunshot wounds. Ebony believes there’s only one person who can save Kato’s life… Denny Colt himself. Kato’s future is uncertain and Denny Colt’s isn’t fairing much better.
Can The Spirit get there in time? Will Kato hang on that long? Will Denny be able to handle Kid Kraken’s crazy contrivance? All the answers are inside issue #5 of The Green Hornet ’66 Meets The Spirit!
So, I have a confession. Heroes in fedoras are a guilty pleasure of mine. The Spirit. The Green Hornet. Dick Tracy. The Shadow. There’s something about a trench coat, a fedora, and/or mask that screams hero to me. So this comic makes me feel like a kid again. It’s like watching old re-runs of The Green Hornet and listening to the old radio shows.
Bob Q’s art captures the drama and style of the era. Dearbhla Kelly’s colors pop and give a modern vibrancy to characters of decades past. The art and the writing sync up well. It give this exciting back and forth from The Black Beauty to Denny Colt’s predicament.
The Spirit drives Black Beauty like a bat out of hell. The snow-covered ground is killing their drive time and Kato’s bleeding out in the back seat. Green Hornet was also shot but refuses to let on exactly how injured he is. Kato is the priority. They’ve got to get to Denny in time…
Kid Kraken ambushes Denny and accuses him of killing his surrogate father. Denny Colt takes it in stride with his patented charm and suave demeanor. Even with a gun pointed at him, Denny is calm, cool and collected. As if the situation is never out of his hands. But is it all a bluff? Is Denny vying for a time until he can gain the upper hand? And we shouldn’t forget about that mysterious and more than a bit intoxicated bearded man that’s been hanging around outside Denny’s place…
I’d definitely recommend this for any fan from any generation of The Green Hornet and The Spirit. Capturing the charm and excitement of the genre and era, it’s a fun story for almost anyone.
Until next time, happy reading!