DVD REVIEW: Green Lantern – Emerald Knights

Hey you poozers, the latest in the Warner Brothers / DC Animated movies, Green Lantern: Emerald Knights, tells five stories from the Green Lantern Corps, the intergalactic police force based on the planet OA, who defend our universe one sector at a time. It features legendary Lanterns like Hal Jordan, Sinestro, Mogo, Abin Sur and Kilowog, this DVD details the history of the Corps, as written in the Book of OA, and told to the Corps newest recruit, Arisia. (This is a review of the single disc DVD edition of Green Lantern: Emerald Knights.)

Krona, OA’s greatest enemy, is reaching out from the Anti-Matter universe, to attack OA and the Corps. Arisia, a new recruit, is understandably nervous. She has only held the ring a few days, and never dreamed that her first days would be preparing for war. Hal Jordan, assigned to mentor her into the Corps, knows that he has to prepare her for what’s to come.

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OA’s own sun is being used by Krona as a portal into our universe. The Corps must setup a line of defense around that sun while also evacuating OA and relocating the central battery, the source of the Green Lantern’s power. While prepping for the upcoming battle, Hal Jordan and the other Lanterns, share stories of past Lanterns with Arisia, showing her what it means to be a Lantern, and the responsibility that the ring brings to the bearer.

The stories told include the forming of the Corps by the OAns, Kilowog’s first adventure as a rookie in bootcamp, Laira’s return home on her first solo mission as a Lantern, of the biggest Green Lantern of them all – the Planet Mogo (which begs the question, how do you fight a planet?), Abin Sur & Sinestro’s investigation into a terrorist cell, and, of course, the attack by Krona on the Corps itself.

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What a fun, entertaining DVD! Of all the comic book series out there, Green Lantern is probably the most expansive – I mean, they have the entire universe to play in. Whether you’re a longtime fan of the series, or someone who has never cracked open a GL comic, this DVD will entertain. Because it’s telling the history of the Corps, you don’t have to know that history to get into the story, which is filled with loads of scifi fun, and a compelling story. Filled with massive space battles as the backdrop for in-depth character narratives, Green Lantern: Emerald Knights is a great addition to the DC Animated universe.

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Written by: Geoff Johns, Peter J. Tomasi, Eddie Berganza, Dave Gibbons (Watchmen), Marc Guggenheim and Michael Green. Voice talents of: Nathan Fillion (Hal Jordan), Elisabeth Moss (Arisia), Arnold Vosloo (Abin Sur) and Jason Isaacs (Sinestro).

Special features: A look at the next animated feature: Batman: Year One, based on the epic and legendary Frank Miller book, a look at All-Star Superman, currently out on DVD, a trailer for Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters, a new video game out for XBOX, Wii, Playstation & DS (a tie-in for the new movie), and another trailer for the DC Comic reader/ap for mobile devices.

I was able to pick this DVD of for $10 at my local Best Buy, but it’s available online for around $13.

TRAILER: Green Lantern: Emerald Knights

TRAILER: Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters

4 thoughts on “DVD REVIEW: Green Lantern – Emerald Knights”

  1. ! Of all the comic book series out there, Green Lantern is probably the most expansive – I mean, they have the entire universe to play in.

     

    And have a whole cast of different Green Lanterns to use, too.

    I’ve always wondered if the appeal of the Green Lantern core relates or has parallels to, in SF, to the Lensman Corps of E.E. Doc Smith.

  2. I loved reading Green Lantern comics as a kid. As an adult, I question his weakness of yellow.  Was that ever explained? Chromatically speaking, isn’t yellow a component of green? Shouldn’t his weakness be, I dunno, a mirror or something? Just wondering…

  3. @JohnD

    The yellow thing has been explained, yes. 

    Wikipedia says:

    The reason why the rings were unable to affect yellow objects has changed significantly from writer to writer. In early stories, it was because of a design flaw. Gerard Jones revised this, in a story that revealed that the Guardians could change the weakness randomly and at will. After the destruction of the central battery Ganthet revealed to Kyle Rayner that an “imperfection” in the central battery was responsible for the yellow weakness (which his ring didn’t have as there was no Central Battery). In Green Lantern: Rebirth, writer Geoff Johns revealed that the “yellow impurity” was the result of Parallax, a yellow energy being made of pure fear, which had been imprisoned in the Central Power Battery. This change to the fictional history also allowed characters to overcome the yellow weakness by recognizing the fear behind it and facing that fear.

    As you know, the original Green Lantern, Alan Scott, didn’t have the yellow weakness – for him it was wood.

    This lead to the famous line from The Big Bang Theory where Raj says, “So, I can take them both out with a Number 2 pencil?”

    ~P
    @atfmb

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