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  • Then how about doing a Green Hornet title based on the TV series? That was the Green Hornet at his best. It is the most well known version.

    Originally posted by Matthews View Post
    for existing, not just be slightly different versions of the same flavor. It's all The Green Hornet for sure, but different takes from different minds.


    • Originally posted by Mr. Fantastic View Post
      If I was to get only one of the Green Hornet titles, it would be Kato Origins.
      What makes it stand out for you among the other 30 or so Green Hornet titles being offered?


      • I'm picking up the two Year One books. I'm waiting for the TPB on the Kevin Smith title. The Kevin Smith Kato and the reprint series both look interesting. I'm not so sure about Green Hornet Strikes & Parallel Lives. I'm going to look at the others as they out.
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        • It reminds me of the Bruce Lee Kato for one thing. I really like kick ass characters like him and Xena: Warrior Princess. I am very intrigued to know about his origin since I know little about his past.

          I love the artwork except for a few criticisms. Colton Worley seems to really know and focus on Kato. He knows how to convey both emotion and action, which are essential to a dynamic character like Kato.

          The other titles are just versions. I feel like I am reading the authentic story when I read Kato Origins.

          Originally posted by Captain Canuck View Post
          What makes it stand out for you among the other 30 or so Green Hornet titles being offered?


          • Newsarama interview:


            Butterfly Effect -- meet the Green Hornet. With the Seth Rogen-helmed Green Hornet film due out in January 2011, Dynamite Entertainment is taking a look at just how Britt Reid and Kato influenced one another to eventually assumed their masked alter egos in the official film prequel Green Hornet: Parallel Lives. As writer Jai Nitz and artist Nigel Raynor unveil their tag-team efforts in July, Newsarama caught up with Nitz to discuss writing for two Katos, how he prepared for the Rogen factor, and how "everything is connected" when it the heroes of Century City.

            Newsarama: Jai, can you tell us a little bit about how you got involved with this series? You were working on the Kato series -- how do you feel that bridged to this book?

            Jai Nitz: It all boils down to Nick Barrucci and Joe Rybandt. They have been exceptionally good to me over the last year, and theyíre making sure Iím busy at Dynamite. The Kato Origins series and Green Hornet: Parallel Lives both were offered to me at the same time. If you looked at my pitches side by side youíd think I was pitching for two different universes -- and I am. Each Kato has a different set of circumstances that makes for different stories.

            Nrama: Based on the solicit text, there seems to be a real them here of destiny, or at least of this sort of butterfly effect, with Britt and Kato's actions subtly impacting one another, until they become the costumed duo we know and love. Can you tell us a little bit about where their heads were at, as far as the beginning of this series goes?

            Nitz: You hit the nail on the head with the Butterfly Effect comparison. I love Lost, and I love the whole ďeverything is connectedĒ vibe. Obviously, I have less characters and time to work with on Green Hornet: Parallel Lives, but that also means I get to dig deeper into their past and their relationships. That was one of the big draws of this book to me. I got to read the screenplay and the characters instantly spoke to me. I can really hear Seth Rogen and Jay Chou in my head when I am writing Parallel Lives. That also made it fun to get into their headspace before they donned the masks. But rather than having them be exactly like what you see in the movie, I wanted to take them to some odd places storywise.

            Nrama: Considering you're also working on the Kato series, how does Parallel Livesplay off that? What does this series give you in terms of new storytelling opportunities and new angles for Kato?

            Nitz: Writing them both simultaneously gives me the opportunity to try a bunch of different wacky ideas but then only keep the best stuff. The benefit for me is that I can take ideas that donít work in either universe and see if they work for the other. It makes me a more efficient writer. And since each Kato is so different, it makes it easy for me to keep the ideas flowing.

            Nrama: Now, you're in an interesting position for this book. It's not unheard of to hear of writers working on licensed comics, or comics set to come out with a movie... but you're doing an original prequel to a movie, for a script that was already written for a Hollywood release. So a roundabout question -- how do you approach this, what seems like a real tightrope walk?

            Nitz: I dove into the screenplay and thought a lot about the characters and the tone of the film itself. The characters in the film made it really easy for me to round them out with backstory. I was writing the backstory in my head as I read. The simple stuff like ďwouldnít it be cool if...?Ē proved to be fuel for my miniseries. I think the script was a great springboard to get my creative juices flowing.

            Nrama: It's interesting, because not only are there a lot of masked vigilantes out there, but when it comes to the Green Hornet, there have been a lot of new approaches and angles on the character. For you, what's the appeal of the character of the Green Hornet? And how do you feel your approach stands out among the rest?

            Nitz: You have to remember that I couldnít worry about the other takes on Green Hornet and Kato when I wrote Green Hornet: Parallel Lives. I know that Kevin Smith, Matt Wagner, and Brett Matthews are really good at their jobs, so I didnít want to compare the movie Green Hornet to their Green Hornets. I was concerned with treating Seth Rogenís screenplay with respect and care. Iím a big fan of Seth Rogen going all the way back to Undeclared, so I hope he enjoys what I wrote. I think what I wrote is very faithful to the screen version of the characters. That said, first and foremost Iím a comic book writer, so I wanted to make those screen characters sing in a different medium.

            Nrama: Going back just a little bit, is the fact that at least at first blush, seeing Seth Rogen as the Green Hornet has a bit of cognitive dissonance when compared to some of the other versions of the character that Dynamite has been printing. Are you taking his, er, "Rogen-ness" into account in your story? If so, how has his particular mannerisms and acting style impacted your work?

            Nitz: I sure tried to. Go read the Green Hornet dialogue in my first issue of Kato and the Green Hornet dialogue in the first issue of Green Hornet: Parallel Lives and youíll see one is definitely Seth Rogen (the other is more like Carey Grant, but thatís another story). I have tremendous respect for Seth Rogen as an actor, but also as a screenwriter. Itís a lot harder than you think to do what he does. In my head, Iím writing this for him, trying to make him proud.

            Nrama: You're working with artist Nigel Raynor on this book. What strengths do you feel Nigel brings to this book?

            Nitz: Iím really blessed to have Nigel as my artist. His art is really strong and kinetic. It reminds me of the WildStorm heydays. I tried to make each issue cinematic and kinetic and Nigel really captures that and brings great cartooning to the table. Thatís why heís so awesome; he draws what I ask for but he also brings something else to every page. Thatís a great artist and collaborator.

            Nrama: Finally, for those who are still on the fence about this book, what would you tell them to get on board? Are there any moments you're particularly excited about to see hit the stands?

            Nitz: I say the same thing about every Dynamite book (my own, and all the others)... itís not what you expect. Green Hornet: Parallel Lives is not what you expect. Itís not a paint-by-numbers movie prequel where nothing happens and nothing is at stake. Itís not a cheap laugh book, nor is it an excuse for fluff. Itís a compelling story with laughs and action, just like the movie. And the art is incredible. Give my book (or any Dynamite book) a chance and you wonít be disappointed.


            • Is this a mini series, if it is how many issues?


              • Is this a mini series, if it is how many issues?


                • Originally posted by TwinPistols View Post
                  Hehheh...well "The Death" was obvious. I don't think it surprised anyone.
                  Well, I think most people thought it would be the original Kato who bought it...but Sr has to be everyone's second choice.

                  This book is really quite predictable, but manages to stay entertaining nonetheless. I doubt there'll be a lot of originality to come from it, but it looks like it'll be a fun read the rest of the way.


                  • Originally posted by TwinPistols View Post
                    Not at all, really, considering that, in the latest issue, he is at least 20-25 years older than he was when he took on the mobsters.
                    And long retired.

                    Another possibility, though highly unlikely: He understood what was being planned, accepted it and made the ultimate sacrifice for his city.
                    Last edited by Captain Canuck; 05-13-2010, 09:48 PM.


                    • Kato #1

                      Pretty solid, does a nice job of setting the stage.

                      Keeping things spoiler-free, I can say that they only thing I didn't care for was Kato2 herself, but since we're exposed to a younger version I expect that to change.

                      This book complements KSGH very nicely.


                      • Originally posted by ultrajack View Post
                        Is this a mini series, if it is how many issues?
                        Last I heard, it was an ongoing.


                        • He did understand what was being planned. That was obvious from the dialogue. I wouldn't call it a sacrifice. It was more like an act of stupidity. Meanwhile his useless son and Kato's daughter, the supposed successors stood near by, helpless to help him.

                          Originally posted by Captain Canuck View Post

                          Another possibility, though highly unlikely: He understood what was being planned, accepted it and made the ultimate sacrifice for his city.


                          • Sales for this remain quite good, for those who are interested in such:

                            59 Wolverine Weapon X 12
                            60 Secret Warriors 15
                            61 Kevin Smith Green Hornet 3
                            62 Action Comics 888
                            63 Supergirl 52
                            64 Batgirl 9

                            The Boys was in 88th position.


                            • I skimmed over (to avoid spoilers) a review of this book on Newsarama which concluded that while the book sprinkles hints about the overall picture behind this version of the Hornet, it's not enough to keep one coming back.

                              Having now read it, I disagree. It may be true for someone who has no interest in the Hornet; I can't put myself in that frame of mind. But as someone who does, I think it does raise curiosity.

                              In particular, I want to know more about why this Hornet does what he does, how he got started at it, and how it all directly ties in to the "real" Hornet. It doesn't appear as though this is a character that only got inspired by the Hornet, there seems to be a stronger connection than that.

                              Quite like the art. It's the style I tend to prefer in a comic book.

                              Unlike Kevin Smiths' version, I thought this was a really good start.


                              • Good start!

                                Yeah, I enjoyed the first issue, though I made the mistake of not giving it my 100% full attention when first reading it. I got lost despite all the visual cues (and the caption) pointing to the fact that two stories were being shown.

                                I really love this version of the Hornet. He's just a great visual. The gas mask, the tank, the coat, the green highlights on his costume, all of those things work great. I also thought the taser was a perfect choice, and I hope we see a lot more of it.

                                Even though it's set in the near future, this feels like a real modern, practical GH, more than any of the others. It looks like you could go down to a couple hardware stores, pick up some supplies, do a little customizing, and you can look like him, and pull off what this Hornet does.