Green Hornet: Reign of the Demon 2 Writer: David Liss Artist: Kewber Baal Colorist: Adriano Augusto Letterer: Tom Napolitano Cover: Ken Lashley and Pete Pantazis Dynamite Comics has started their new volume of Green Hornet. There are additions and surprises this go around, and it’s a fun ride. Dynamite is expanding on the Hornet’s world,…
call myself a herogeek, instead of a comic book geek, in part because my interest goes well outside comics. I’ve done my share of research on comic book characters, sure, but also on some of the ones that came before. The heroes before comics got their starts in books, or, as the popular medium of the time, radio. The Lone Ranger, who most people probably think of as a tv character (or the truly wretched Disney movie a few years ago), first popped up on a radio show in 1933. Later, the Green Hornet was created as a spinoff of sorts.
This is Gail Simone’s last issue of Red Sonja, which is a shame. Then again, it’s issue eighteen of what was going to be a six issue run, so I can’t complain but so much. Sonja is defending the Spire, a tower that is something you don’t see in fantasy settings a lot- a library. Not much of a reader herself, in fact she’s borderline illiterate, Sonja has been won over by the dedication of the nuns who staff the library.
The issue begins on the heels of what must have been a hell of a victory party. Red had herself an orgy (she actually uses the word at one point) and wakes up in the midst of the “morning after.” It looks like it was impressive. Well, she doesn’t wake up, she’s woken up.
One of the reasons I really love the Dresden Files is Jim Butcher’s characters. The idea behind the series is great– magic and mythological creatures in modern Chicago– but the characters really make it fly. I’m a huge fan of the title character, the wizard Harry Dresden. In this mini, a few of his supporting cast get a fair amount of screen time, and I like the choices- Harry’s apprentice, Molly Carpenter, the gangster who’s far too smart for everyone’s good, John Marcone, and Mouse the Fu Dog.
In the Swords of Sorrow series, Gail Simone is teaming up a lot of the ladies from classic pulp literature. She’s joked that it’s the ‘women who don’t wear much’ series, which she hadn’t realized until she started seeing concept art. In addition to the main series, there are several spin off series, with a…
Deep beneath the streets of Chicago, the somewhat unlikely team of Harry Dresden, Molly Carpenter, Mouse, and Johnny Marcone face off against a very powerful sorcerer. This is the man behind the golem that’s been terrorizing the city, killing off Marcone’s “clients.”
Red has not been having an easy adventure in this series and this is no exception. Last issue’s cliffhanger is an ugly one, and she has a serious fight on her hands. She gets some help from an unexpected ally. The ally is a bit of a surprise, but it was subtly set up last issue.
After the attack on her club last issue, Vampy needs to pick up the pieces and figure out where her enemies are coming from. She also has a lot of questions about her mysterious ally, Rassendyll. She doesn’t get all the answers she wants, but the two of them do get a lot more intimate with each other.
Now that they finally have shared the stories and realized they are on the same side, the Green and Brass Hornets, and their faithful sidekicks, have to fight their way across the city to stop the Veiled Lady from unleashing Hell on Earth, or at least a reasonable substitute. There are some amusing moments as Kato admires, and covets, the Brass Hornet’s array of tech and toys. Unfortunately, as part of the earlier plan, the Brass Hornet put out a large bounty on the Green one and most of the gangs in the city are trying to collect.