The venerable pulp/radio/serial/tv/comic-book character, who precedes the great comic-book heroes1, receives the Seth Rogen treatment. Annalee Newitz finds the film “surprisingly awesome.” Roger Ebert (the man who loved The Phantom Menace) calls it “unendurable,” and, overall, reviews have been negative.

Anyone here have opinions to offer?

1. The Hornet made his radio debut in 1936, two years before Superman. He follows in the tradition of the Lone Ranger, and, in fact, in his first incarnation, Britt Reid was the Lone Ranger’s great-nephew.

If you’ve ever wondered why DC’s Arrow and Lantern are green, they owe their names, almost certainly, to the Hornet’s popularity.