Honestly there’s not much for me to say I’m thankful of that I’d say so openly, but comics is not something I’d shy away from.
Seeing DC’s top villains article made me think of all the villains they could put up who aren’t really villains anymore. Yes everyone likes to say it’s based on a wider scope, but a list like that should show some progress towards continuity. So since they already covered DC, I’m not going to trail back there, but I’d like to point out Marvel and other characters who have made some change.
Green Hornet #7
Green Hornet #7 shows just how different he is from most other heroes. Someone who is cunning enough to play both sides to get the job done and play by his own rules at the same time. This is shaping up to be that one book which doesn’t disappoint keeping you at the edge of your seat.
The characterization of Green Hornet is something you have to admire that Waid gets right. His approach is something you don’t see too often and that question always comes back asking, when have we gone too far? You consistently wonder this as the deeper they get the more he and Kato have to play into this role of villain. It creates a sense of excitement and expense knowing that something will go wrong and they will have to make tough decisions like the one at the very beginning.
This is all clever writing and it all started with a simple joke, one that keeps expanding and demands expansion to be pulled off with succession. You really start to see development when they are now trying to reach out to more people that they can trust to help them when it’s too much for them both to handle alone.
This is is both fun and dark, something that is easily pulled off when dealing with the Green Hornet. Ronilson Freire helps create this atmosphere with his excellent use of inking and shadows to make those moments look serious. This new foe seems to be even more ruthless than him and I think that will create a great confrontation when both try to see who is the big dog. Green Hornet has ruled through fear and that just may not be enough anymore. Again asking the question which Casey herself posed, where do they draw the line?
The Shadow Now #2
What started out as the rise of The Shadow, turns out to be oe full of bumps and curves. Instead, Shiwan Khan is on the rise, and he is not willing to give Cranston that opening to make a move. When you expected to see The Shadow enter the modern world, you really didn’t think it would be that easy?
What most fans of The Shadow recall is that he relies on his network. As a vigilante with highly respected detective skills, the Shadow Network was his way of bridging a connection to any and all points of information he needed to get the job done. But like everything else, Shiwan Khan has stayed ahead of the game to destroy this, the biggest blow he could deliver that would cripple The Shadow. Of course that doesn’t mean that he should count him out. What David Liss understands and emphasizes is that there’s nothing wrong with starting from scratch and that is the foundation of this story.
As Khan expands his own reach, we also are informed of what his end game is. One that makes sense given the history he and The Shadow have, they aren’t like any other ordinary person. Batu is a very impressive new character. Realizing that she is his granddaughter and is a novice at using hypnosis. Just one of the many mystic elements that makes The Shadow a unique story.
The relationship between Cranston and Margo is interesting because you see how much of Miss Lane he sees in her and it is something that makes their relationship awkward. It’s one development you want to follow because she has a lot of potential and you want to know if she will ever be able to accept this world that Cranston has dragged her into.
The Shadow Now is the Shadow like you’ve never seen him before. David Liss has put him in a position where he is really out of his element. A new world, new allies, and facing foes who are more prepared for him than he is for them. Colton Worley continues to amaze with his work on art. The painting makes every character look so real that you feel the emotion from them with every close up. You even see those subtle changes like when Batu or Kahn is using hypnosis.