This story tells the tale of how Kato first met with Britt Reid and became his lifelong servant and sidekick. Caught in China during Japans attack on China and witnessing the horrors of his fellow Japanese patriots, Kato switches side and fight his countrymen until caught. But Reid saves him just in time to create a friendship that will take them all the way to Chicago where they will fight mobsters. This is finally the story that should have been told for the first two issues explaining the bond between the two heroes. Theres always been a racist context in the Green Hornets relationship with Kato where the former is less skilled and talented than the man that serves him and drives him around. Wagner doesnt deal with that issue head on, but helps alleviate criticism about the white guy who bosses around the yellow guy. Katos devotion to the Green Hornet is explained more in cultural obligation mode than in terms Westerners are used to. Lets hope future stories delve deeper in this asp Read Full Review
Its a little odd to read a story without the usual conventions of 21st century political correctness, with relatively authentic 30s slang (including a couple of racial slurs and some old-school blaspheming) and a gangster motif. The gruesome aftermath of Katos unit invading Chinese territory are shown in a bright red wash, emphasizing the horror, making me notice the coloring throughout the issue, emphasizing and supporting the art throughout. Matt Wagners usual historical detail is present as well as nice character work across the board. This book is my favorite of the current Hornet crop, playing with the expectations and history of the character nicely Read Full Review
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