There's a palpable buzz in the air as Dynamite Comics readies to launch its new Green Hornet series featuring a masked female crusader assuming the traditional mantle.
Since 2009, the New Jersey-based publisher has been delivering a dynamic nest of thrilling Green Hornet comics, including Kevin Smith's excellent Batman '66 Meets The Green Hornet crossover in 2014. Now it's up to Amy Chu (Poison Ivy, Red Sonja, KISS) to carry on the tradition with her gender-bent take on the classic character. Chu is also heading up Dynamite's new Dejah Thoris title, which deals with the early days of Edgar Rice Burroughs' Princess of Mars.
Dynamite's Green Hornet incarnation will feature striking art by German Erramouspe (Disenchanted, Dark Gods) and centers around Britt Reid and Kato's crime-stopping kids, Britt Jr. and Mulan.
Here's the official solicitation synopsis:
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. Amy Chu picks up where Kevin Smith left off with an action packed mystery.
Chu was heading home after a long weekend at Seattle's Emerald City Comic Con, where enthusiasm for her new title was building toward Wednesday's big release.
"A few retailers at Emerald City stopped by to tell me their preorders were really strong for Green Hornet, like highest they’ve ever had for a Dynamite title, so that’s pretty awesome to hear," Chu tells SYFY WIRE. "It’s always tricky to balance the new with the old in a changing world, and that’s a major theme in this story. What does it mean to be the Green Hornet today? Who gets to wear the hat and mask?"
"The Green Hornet was one of the top titles on my bucket list to write, so I'm really thrilled to dive in," Chu says. "I've been listening to the old radio shows from the '30s and trying to bring back some of the good guy vs. bad guy elements of what made it popular in the '30s. But this is not a pure nostalgia trip — there's a lot of modern twists. My parent's generation in Hong Kong liked Green Hornet because of Bruce Lee as Kato, so I'm weaving in some solid martial arts action, too."
Check out SYFY WIRE's exclusive preview in the gallery below and tell us if you're ready for Mulan's Green Hornet when the first issue stings readers on March 7.