Green Hornet and Kato: That's the name of the new book launching in 2013 from Dynamite Entertainment. Of course, the company has been publishing multiple Green Hornet books for several years, so that's not the real headline, as the writer, Mark Waid, takes the spotlight away from the dynamic pulp duo.
No interior artist is being announced yet, but Paolo Rivera will be doing covers on the series. Both creators are excited to take their talents to the pulp hero world.
"It should come as little surprise that I have an affinity for all costumed crimefighters no matter if their adventures are 'period pieces' or not--heroism is heroism regardless of whatever year's on the calendar," said writer Mark Waid in a press release. "With this Green Hornet project, which I've been percolating on for more than ten years, I'm able to meld my love of the Hornet's legacy with a little bit of Citizen Kane and a lot of Lawrence of Arabia to tell a story never before told--the dark years of the Hornet's later career and the one mistake he makes that nearly costs him everything."
"I wasn't very familiar with The Green Hornet growing up, but I always thought he looked sleek and stylish - I guess I had a soft spot for old-school heroes," said cover artist Paolo Rivera. "I later discovered that he was designed by H. J. Ward, my favorite painter of all time. The more I learned about Ward, the more I learned about Britt Reid and Kato, including Reid's familial ties to The Lone Ranger. I can't wait to render my interpretation of the green team. That, and I miss Mark Waid."
Stay tuned for more on Mark Waid's Green Hornet and Kato from New York Comic Con this weekend.