Dynamite Entertainment announced this week, ahead of C2E2 that The Green Hornet is coming back, but in an unexpected way, in a crossover with The Spirit. Titled The Green Hornet ’66 Meets The Spirit, the new series will be written by Fred Van Lente (Archer & Armstrong, Cowboys and Aliens), and drawn by Bob Q (Kings Quest), and arrives in July.
This series proposes that while the Green Hornet and Kato are operating in 1966, they come across tales of a vigilante who hasn’t been seen since 1952, the Spirit. Britt Reid, aka The Green Hornet, and owner of The Daily Sentinel has traveled with Kato to Central City to participate in the World’s Fair, and to learn more about a device called the “Newspaper of Tomorrow”, which is capable of predicting headlines before events happen.
Writer Fred Van Lente says:
I’m very excited to link these two iconic characters. The Spirit has been a favorite of mine since I was a kid, and the opportunity to pair Will Eisner’s legendary creation with a character that has an actual year in its name allowed me to age The Spirit cast fourteen years forward. In our world, the Spirit hasn’t been seen since 1952 (the year the strip ended) but suddenly this new guy has appeared in the mask and hat — one who will look pretty familiar to longtime fans. Who is this guy, and why has he returned? This is the mystery Green Hornet and Kato must solve.
Fred Van Lente is the #1 New York Times bestselling, award-winning writer of comics like The Mocking Dead, Magnus: Robot Fighter, Resurrectionists, Archer & Armstrong, Ivar Timewalker, Action Philosophers! (American Library Association Best Graphic Novel for Teens), and Cowboys & Aliens, which was the basis for the feature film.
Bob Q says the following about the project:
I’m incredibly excited to be working with Fred Van Lente who has written a script that’s fun all the way through. Artistically, my plan is to capture that spirit as best I can with a series of ham-handed pencil and brush strokes. What I’m really striving for, though, is to shake up masked-vigilante fashion. It’s time to trade in spandex onesies, capes, and pouched belts and get back to some nicely tailored suits and fedoras. If you’re going to fight crime, do it with some class.
The first issue of The Green Hornet ’66 Meets the Spirit features variant covers from husband and wife team, Mike and Laura Allred (Batman ’66, X-Force, iZombie), Ty Templeton (Batman 66, The Simpsons) and Javier Pulido (The Amazing Spiderman, Robin: Year One), respectively. Limited variant editions in “Black & White” and “Virgin Art” formats are also available as retailer incentives.
The Green Hornet ’66 Meets the Spirit #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ May 2017 Previews catalog and arrives in July.