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Green Hornet: Year One Volume 1 TP Paperback – November 16, 2010


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Product Details

  • Series: Green Hornet (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 140 pages
  • Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment; First Edition edition (November 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606901494
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606901496
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #970,424 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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They want people to think they're the bad guys, not superheroes.
Sam Quixote
I was pulled into the lives of Britt Reid and Kato like I have been with few other comic characters.
Babytoxie
The artwork fits the feel of the story and time-line well, it has a very noir-ish feel to it.
Vermillion

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. Edwards on January 15, 2011
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Using the era of the Green Hornet's debut as a backdrop, and throwing in a few visual elements from the '40's serials & '60's show, Wagner & his creative team spin an origin story that honors the 75 year old crimefighter. Though the violence & language is heavy at times, it fits the gangster/war era setting of the story; a graphic pulp novel in the truest sense. I'm looking forward to reading & enjoying further volumes of Green Hornet: Year One.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Babytoxie on February 21, 2012
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Matt Wagner proved that he had an affinity for pulp fiction back in the `90s with the Vertigo series Sandman Mystery Theater, and more recently, Wagner has applied those same writing skills to another classic hero from the same genre - the Green Hornet. While not as dark as the previous title, THE GREEN HORNET: YEAR ONE Volume 1 recaptures the vibe of SMT, and it's a refreshing return to form, both for Wagner, and the characters themselves. This softcover collects issues 1 - 6 of the Dynamite Entertainment series, and as I haven't enjoyed the other Green Hornet books released by this publisher, that does have some influence on my bumping the rating up to 5 stars; however, Wagner gets these characters, so it is a darn good story in its own right.

One of my biggest complaints with comics these days is that there's rarely enough story for the price, resulting in my breezing through 22 pages in just a few minutes. With GREEN HORNET: YEAR ONE, Wagner bucks this trend, building a complex, layered story that benefits from a slow read. I was pulled into the lives of Britt Reid and Kato like I have been with few other comic characters. Wagner really fleshes out these two and incorporates some grim elements into their origins (especially with Kato), giving the characters some substance. While the title may make it sound like the whole of the story is set during the first year of this duo's war on crime, it is actually intercut with flashbacks to their separate formative years, and these parts stand out for their frankness and effectiveness. We learn where these two came from, their experience with humanity's darker side, and how that experience shaped their views of the world.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Vermillion on January 18, 2011
Format: Paperback
After seeing the new Green Hornet film starring Seth Rogen (Green Hornet) and Jay Chou (Kato) I got interested in the character and started looking up some of his comics, I heard some pretty positive things about it so I decided to pick it up. This takes place in the 1930's with a young Brit Reid and Kato. It shows how they come to meet and why they decide to become crime-fighters. I found the story very fun to read I didn't stop until I finished reading it. The artwork fits the feel of the story and time-line well, it has a very noir-ish feel to it. Theirs plenty of Green Hornet & Kato action in this, which was lacking from the last GH graphic novel I read (Green Hornet: Parallel Lives) I would definitely recommend reading this if you're slightly interested in this character. This is the mature Brit, not the party hard guy we saw in the film. Hopefully if a sequel happens we will see Brit become somewhat more mature and less goofy. (Although I would like him still to be funny. Just less of a d-bag.)
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Format: Paperback
Collects issues 1-6, along with cover gallery.
It has taken years, but it seems that everyone has now emulated the great Batman story by Frank Miller. I have to admit, I usually am turned away by a year one book because of this fact. That being said, the Green Hornet, helmed by the very capable Matt Wagner has started to change my view. This books is nothing shocking, revolutionary or unexpected. It is, however, a solid noir style story that makes you forget about the Seth Rogen film. Covering over a decade of new history for Britt Reid and Kato, "The Sting of Justice" is a nice addition to the Dynamite pantheon of classic heroes. Read, enjoy, repeat.
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By Johnny Thorn on September 27, 2013
Format: Paperback
Ok this book has every single excuse to just be terrible. Came out around the time of that terrible movie and could have been just a outside of the pants tug job.

Well here is the deal. This book was a total tug job but by a chick with huge knockers. Aaron Campbell's artwork is awesome and the guy is a really funny and nice guy. We had a beer together and he was a cool dude. Next the stroyline about Kato's back story was really entertaining. Kato was Bruce Lee and they did him some serious justice. Matt Wagner told a great story.

I was ready to be as dissappointed as showing up on a Match.com date and not being able to recognize the girl from her pictures, if you know what I mean, and if you don't well lets just say online she looked awesome and in person I was shocked that she was a women. But this book was not that at all and sorry for going off.
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Green Hornet: Year One tells the origin story of how the Green Hornet met Kato. It's written by Matt Wagner with art by Aaron Campbell. The character of the Green Hornet has been around since the 1930s, but I don't know that much of the origin has been given. I know that Britt Reid is the heir to a newspaper, and that he fights crime alongside Kato as The Green Hornet, and that's about it.

Here we learn of Kato's upbringing in Japan and his time as a soldier during the horrific Nanking Massacre. We see Britt as a driftless wanderer who finds himself trapped in China and running into Kato. Together they make their way back to Chicago, hopefully in time for Britt to see his ailing father.

The action keeps flipping between the present and the past of the two heroes. In the present, they are fighting a corrupt gang as the newly formed duo. The writing is just fine by Matt Wagner and the story and art have a great sense of the period, but I found the constant flipping back and forth to be kind of distracting. At times, the time would shift back or forward for no apparent reason. Still a fun read, though.
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