The Green Hornet Goes Steampunk “Lengenderry: Green Hornet #1”

Feb 21, 2015

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Dynamite Entertainment

Written by: Daryl Gregory
Art by: Brent Peeples
Color by: Michael Bartolo

Being new to the Legenderry series from Dynamite I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. After reading the Red Sonja entry I was sold. The steampunk universe makes for a fun adventure with characters you know in a totally new landscape. Legenderry: Green Hornet #1 is no less fun and is actually funnier than I anticipated.

Daryl Gregory cleverly establishes this world through its villains. Rival mobs looking for dominance in Undertown pitting a new generation of thugs on course to take down the Veiled Lady who’s running things. Or so they think. There’s a little bit of a Gangs of New York feel to the issue especially the street fight and it shows that anything can and will happen in this series.LegGH01-4

That leads to the Green Hornet and Kato. At first they’re more observers than participants in┬áthis power struggle that takes place. The mysterious and inquisitive Mr. Grimes asking all sorts of dubious questions to Britt Reid about being introduced to “other organizations” in town. Reid’s a wise-cracking charmer but he’s not about to help Grimes in whatever he’s up to especially if it involves the Veiled Lady.

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Of course GH and Kato do get involved and this is where Brent Peeples takes off as well. The big bold panels with the signature over-the-top steampunk aesthetic in guns to vehicles are displayed, or rather splashed, onto the page with help from Michael Bartolo’s colors. It’s a dizzying array of frenetic energy and wide shots as the gangs go to war and GH and Kato unleash an airship with missiles. An airship with missiles!

Legenderry: Green Hornet #1 is a light-hearted affair with an edge. As humorous as it is a guy still gets his throat slashed. It’s a wild adventure that’s built a strong foundation with warring factions and Green Hornet and Kato caught in the middle. Steampunk has provided a fresh new canvas for these classic heroes and made them fun and accessible again. Dynamite has another fun series on their hands.

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