Review: “Green Hornet #1: Bully Pulpit” by Mark Waid and Daniel Indro

Green Hornet, Bully Pulpit by Mark Waid and Daniel Indro

 A review by Courtney.

This volume came in a Comic Bento Box that I had to order because it was curated by Gail Simone. Gail is one of my favorite comic writers so I had to buy the box. I also wanted to try reading a comic with a male protagonist who has a male bestie to interact with. In the Green Hornet movie, I particularly enjoyed the banter between Green Hornet and Cato and was hoping something similar would be present in the comic as well.

Green Hornet starts off the volume by showing us that his alter ego, Brett Reid, is capable of controlling the city by the newspaper stories he chooses to print. Brett is the publisher of the newspaper the Daily Sentinel, one of the most respected newspapers in the city. Brett is able to alter stories and the way things are running in the city by appearing as the Green Hornet and witnessing the events first hand that he chooses to write about. Brett’s goal is to have Green Hornet appear as a criminal mastermind to the head gangsters of the city so he can maintain control easier. Cato serves as Brett’s trusted bodyguard/chauffeur until Cato believes that Brett is crossing too many of the wrong lines to maintain his control.

I wanted to like this book, I really did, especially when I found out that there were supposed to be pulp fiction-y noir vibes about it. Noir films are some of my favorite and occasionally I would get those vibes from the book during one of Brett’s long internal monologues; it wasn’t often enough to keep my interest. I was also hoping for a chummy witty dialogue between Brett and Cato and that was missing as well. I wanted to know more about the relationship between Cato and Brett and I never got it. Occasionally I was drawn into the story, but I never really felt like I cared about any of the characters enough to want to know what would happen to them next.

The art in this book was okay, but nothing amazing. If the book had been in black and white with pops of green color, that could have helped give it the noir feel they were going for; but they didn’t.

My rating: 2/5 stars.

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Review of “Irredeemable Volume 1” by Mark Waid and Peter Krause

Review of "Irredeemable Volume 1" by Mark Waid and Peter Krause A review by Courtney.

I wanted to read Irredeemable because it is written by a guy and the main character is also a guy. Irredeemable is not a comic book I would generally pick up, however it was recommended by a friend of mine so I gave it a shot. The book does start with an introduction explaining exactly what the book is and it does not stray from that. I was still not quite expecting the darkness that awaited me within the first couple of pages.

Irredeemable is the story of a superhero, Plutonian, turned rogue; it’s about how bad a superhero can go before he is irredeemable. Plutonian has all the strengths and powers of Superman in that he can fly, is bulletproof, he has heatray vision, and he’s basically Captain Awesome until he decides not to be. I was intrigued when I started reading chapter two and got more of Plutonian’s back story and we learned more about what made him go dark, but it didn’t really provide me with enough information on his motivations for his transformation.

I had a hard time reading this volume because I didn’t like the main character. The premise of the book is very interesting but I couldn’t connect with Plutonian and I like to be able to at least understand where the main character is coming from. Irredeemable is dark, which is the way its supposed to be, it was just darker material than I generally like to read. Plutonian basically destroys as many people as he can; whether they be young, old, attempting to help him, attack him, or simply existing. The level of violence was double-edged for me because on one hand I wanted to see how bad it would get out of morbid curiosity and on the other hand I had a hard time continuing reading it because of the lack of understanding I had for Plutonian’s motivation.

I would recommend this volume to adults who have a darker sense of humor because of the level of violence.

My rating: 3/5 stars.

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Review: “Irredeemable” by Matt Waid and Peter Krause

Irredeemable by Mark Waid and Peter KrauseA review by Steve.

What if the world’s greatest super hero suddenly went to the dark side? How would everyone react if he destroyed cities, killed millions, and laid waste to everything around him for apparently no reason? These are the questions explored in Irredeemable, a graphic novel written by Mark Waid, and illustrated by Peter Krause. The Plutonian, the protector of the planet and beacon of hope, goes on an inexplicable rampage, killing his team mates and innocent civilians. As he hunts for those who might oppose him, the former comrades scour the globe, trying to find any information about his past that might help to detain or defeat him if necessary.

I really enjoyed the first volume in this saga, as it is not your typical super hero “save the world and everything is happy” story. It is dark and at some points quite depressing. It shows a realistic view of what could happen if there were extraordinary beings on the planet, and the struggles they might go through on a daily basis. It kept me locked in, wanting to know if The Plutonian was going to catch anyone, or if his team would manage to escape before being disintegrated. As I read more about his back story as a superhero and where he is now, my curiosity continued to grow. I wanted to know what the trigger was that turned The Plutonian into a villain. Was it something sudden and powerful, or just a series of small random events that twisted him to the role of super villain?  I am excited to read volume two and find out more about his story.

Mark Waid has written several graphic novel series including Kingdom Come and Empire.  Peter Krause’s work can be seen in several DC comic series, including Suicide Squad, and several Superman comics. They are both very talented and I look forward to exploring more of their work in the future. It is engaging and gritty, but does not overload the reader with too much information, as some graphic novels have a tendency to do.

My rating: 4.5/5 stars

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