This March will see the release of a brand new Green Hornet series from Dynamite Entertainment, written by Amy Chu and illustrated by German Erramouspe, with cover art by Carli Ihde. The Green Hornet is a long-lived character and his world of Century City has been around since the days of radio dramas, too, and it may seem like there’s nothing new to do under the sun with such established characters. And yet they have a wealth of lore and tradition that inspires readers and creators alike.
Amy Chu tackles this allure and difficulty by crafting a very new storyline focusing on sidekick Kato and his daughter Mulan, and even drawing in the main media empire in Century City as part of the investigative plot. With Green Hornet absent from the city, it falls on Kato and Mulan to keep an illusion of order and attempt to keep the peace.
Here’s the official description for the first issue:
Britt Reid Jr., the scion of the Daily Sentinel publishing empire, vanishes during a wild party on his friend’s yacht. Meanwhile, crime spikes in the streets of Century City with the mysterious criminal/secret vigilante the Green Hornet absent. It’s only a matter of time before SOMEONE puts two and two together, and it’s up to Kato, former partner of Britt’s father, and his daughter Mulan to protect the city AND the Green Hornet legacy, while finding out what happened to Britt.
We’ve got a quick Q&A here on site with Amy Chu about her approach to the new series:
1.What genre elements do you think are part of the essential makeup of The Green Hornet, traditionally, or in this new series? What kind of proportion do you think exists between the noir and superhero elements, for instance?
Amy Chu: I think it’s a matter of interpretation by the creators. The Green Hornet is even older than Batman, so it’s really evolved and changed over the years. The movie really pushed it squarely into the superhero area, but I personally like the pulp noir feel of the early radio shows.
2.Based on teaser information, it looks like Kato and his daughter Mulan are going to play very significant roles in this arc. Is this their chance to really show what they are made of under more stress than they may have encountered before?
AC: Not just Kato and Mulan, but the Daily Sentinel as well, which is experiencing stress in this new age of media and shock journalism.
3.Can you tell us a little bit about Kato and Mulan and their personalities, from your perspective?
AC: Kato and Mulan represent different generations. Kato’s got a lot of affection for the old school way of doing things, unsurprisingly. Mulan of course, has different ideas…
4.More generally speaking, why do you think crime-based stories have always been so popular, and continue to be?
AC: I don’t know. It’s certainly one way of immediately engaging the reader- the whole whodunit aspect. For many readers, a world of crime is a world of escapism.
5.How does Kato feel about vigilantism or the role of outside-the-law violence? Is it something he’ll feel he can resort to in the new series, or is he more likely to work within the law?
AC: Kato believes in law and order, but not when it perpetuates social injustice. He’s a pretty rational guy…
6.Do you have any particular strategies for structuring and rolling out stories that you know are going to contain a lot of action or conflict, but would also benefit from more human moments?
AC: Yes, action is easier- I make sure those elements are in there first as placeholders, then I build the human stories around those scenes and massage everything into place.
7.What previous Green Hornet lore or comic runs have been touchstones for you in taking on this new storyline?
AC: This storyline is really more about avoiding what’s been done before. Similar to Red Sonja, I’m trying to bring the characters into new settings and have them venture outside Century City. In other words, the Green Hornet and crew will be doing some globetrotting…
Thanks to Amy Chu for this chat!
We look forward to seeing the new Green Hornet series when the first issue arrives on March 7th, 2018. The first issue is currently available for pre-order.