Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Green Lantern: Emerald Knights Review

Hi everyone! So last weekened I picked up Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors, the latest in DC’s growing stable of animated films which tells not one but an interlocking series of stories all having to do with key members of The Green Lantern Corps.
Now as much as I would like to lavish praise upon them all, DC has been kind of hit and miss with there animated movies. Some, including Batman: Under the Red Hood, Green Lantern: First Flight, Superman: Doomsday, and the Wonderwoman anime have been awesome and in my opinion, have each batted home runs in terms capturing the unique essenses of what makes these characters special. Others, such as Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, Superman Batman: Apocolypse, and the dull, lifeless adaptation of Grant Morrison’s Allstar Superman have left me wanting and disappointed.
After watching Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors I am happy to tell you that not only did this film succeed in living up to my expectations, I would have to rank it the commendable position of third or fourth place among my favorites of the DC animated line.
At the heart of the movie is a rookie Green Lantern named Arisia. She is as green as they come (no pun intended) and unsure of her place within this sacred brotherhood of intergalactic warriors. With very little experience to pull from, her fears are compounded by the dire threat she and the entire corps is suddenly thrust into when Krona, a rogue guardian who discovers a way to harness the destructive power of anti-matter energy, sets a course to destroy Oa, homeworld of the guardians and base of operations for the entire Green Lantern Corps. Wanting to instill some peace of mind within conflicted young novice, Hal Jordan, who mostly serves as the film’s narrator, recounts stories of past exploits and character building experiences having to do with other mambers of the corps. In this way, the movie is split up into five different stories with breaks in between were we see the tension rise as the Lantern Corps prepare to fight Krona for the fate of Oa before the final climax and resolution in the end.
This movie is a super fun ride and a definite must own for any fan of Green Lantern mythology or DC comics in general. All of the individual stories are unique and enjoyable for different reasons though they all feature a great deal of action and explosions so I guess they are similar in that sense, lol! I liked them all but my favorites were probably “The First Lantern,” and “Kilowag.” It’s too bad “Emerald Knights” will probably be completely overshadowed by the Green Lantern feature film due out the 17th (Yay!) but hey, who doesn’t love a good appetizer?


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