I didn’t get into the Green Lantern until later in life. I was into titles like Superman or the Teen Titans. I even had a great collection of random’s like ROM: Spaceknight, Visionaries, Transformers and even some great Masters of the Universe comics.
It wasn’t until I got into a really funky JLApe story line (I have a fascination with apes in comics and sci-fi stories) that I took an interest in the Green Lantern character. After seeing Kyle Rayner where Hal should have been I began to wonder what happened to the Lantern that I had heard about and what this cartoonist was doing in his place. That’s when I realized how deep the Green Lantern universe went, and how many other characters the Corps had to offer. My favourites have to be Kilowog and Guy Gardiner. They’re gruff and gritty and you just don’t want to get on their bad side. .
Now that Hollywood is going to spit out their version of Hal Jordan and introduce the story of the corps to the masses, everyone is going to want to know a little more about what being a Green Lantern is really all about. This is where the new DVD release, Green Lantern: Emerald Knights comes in. It provides a taste of what it is like to be a Lantern in the form of a history lesson told to a new recruit, Arisia.
The DVD revolves around a cataclysmic event that can destroy the home world of the Green Lantern Corps. As Hal and the rest of the Corps are preparing for a large battle Arisia is told stories of the legends behind the corps. Stories of the origin of the rings of power and of the first Lantern, and how Kilowog became the resident Boot Camp Drill Sargent. The background for each story told is beautifully diverse, with great scenery and brilliant colours. The fight scenes, a mix of constructs and martial arts, are beautifully drawn and the stories provide just the right amount of depth and character. This release was more than just another animated feature, it provided great insight into the myth behind the Corps and what it takes to be a Lantern. Overall the film was a brilliant warm up to (what I’m hoping) is a great big screen Green Lantern story and I highly recommend getting and watching this movie before the upcoming Green Lantern release.
With all the changes happening in the DC universe who knows what will happen to the current DC heroes that we’ve come to know and love. Regardless, if DC sticks to releasing animated movies like this one, I’ll be very happy. Now I want to see something revolving around the Flash characters – It’s time for Barry and Wally to get the spotlight.