Review: Green Lantern Emerald Knights

Published on June 7th, 2011

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Did you all know that Green Lantern: Emerald Knights comes out this week on Blu-Ray and DVD? Well, you do now! Lucky for me, I was able to get a copy of it in advance, so I can share with you all the awesome that is Warner Brothers Animation Studios. I have a lot of fun every time I watch one of these, and this story is no different. It’s basically story time with Hal Jordan (voiced by the all too talented, Nathan Fillion). He goes through the origin stories of all the most important characters in the Green Lantern universe.

You can buy this title in the DVD/Blu-Ray combo pack that has proven so popular with marketing teams lately. I watched the Blu-Ray, because it’s just so pretty that way. I was right to do so. Each segment is done in a different style, yet it’s not noticeable. It’s more like a tribute to other styles than a collection of them the way the Animatrix was. Everything flows together really well and is just a treat to the eyes to take part in this journey. There is a through story line, but it’s just not as important as learning the history of the Green Lanterns. Watching shadow demons fight with Hal Jordan and Sinestro is just kind of the most amazing thing ever. My favorite segment was Laira’s story, because the fight sequence between her and her father was unbelievable.

This title is coming out at the absolute perfect time to supplement the Green Lantern movie. Everyone who wants to be caught up with the characters that maybe they haven’t heard from in a while and will be in the movie. Those people who have never read a GL comic before, but really want to see a Ryan Reynolds sci-fi/action flick, can familiarize themselves with the Green Lantern Corps before they go into the film. Either way, it’s a good 84 minutes spent in a universe that I find intriguing.

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The special features include a preview of the Batman: Year One animated movie, which is something I couldn’t be more excited to see come to life. I really love all these animated films being put out by DC. I think they’re going to help create a new audience for their comics. Pick up Green Lantern: Emerald Knights, featuring the voice talents of Nathan Fillion, Jason Isaacs, and Elisabeth Moss. It’s available Tuesday, June 7th!

Susan Damon
Susan@ComicImpact.com