Green Lantern: Emerald Knights

Yesterday, DC released it’s newest animated feature, Green Lantern: Emerald Knights. This is out just in time to lead up to the live action Green Lantern movie releasing next week. I stopped on the way home from the gym to pick up a copy so I could check it out. (Sadly, I found out tonight that there is supposedly a 2 disk special edition. I looked for a special edition at Best Buy before I picked up the copy I got but couldn’t find one.) This feature takes place just as the Green Lantern Arisia has joined the corps. The Guardians warn the corps that Krona, who was supposedly defeated by turning him into pure energy and dispersing him has returned on the surface of the sun that Oa revolves around as anti-matter and using the shadow demons from Crisis on Infinite Earths as an army. HUH?!? OK. Whatever. Getting past the really awkward premise, the Green Lantern Corps takes their places near the sun. While they wait, Hal Jordan (Arisia’s mentor) tells her tales of the corps including the story of the first Green Lanterns, Mogo, the drill instructor that trained Kilowog, Laira (who is there with them for the battle), and Abin Sur. In the end, it is Arisia (natch) who thinks of the (extremely obvious) way to defeat Krona. The individual stories as well as the overall backdrop story are all enjoyable, especially the old “Mogo doesn’t socialize” schtick. I wouldn’t say it’s one of the best of DC’s animated features, but it’s still worth checking out.

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