Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Green Lantern: Emerald Knights - Review

And Then There Was Light

Arisia (Elizabeth Moss) is the newest member of the intergalactic brotherhood of peacekeepers known as The Green Lantern Corps. Hal Jordan (Nathan Fillion), her mentor, has to cut her training short when the villainous Krona attacks from the anti-matter universe, threatening to destroy all life in existence. As Arisia prepares for her first large scale battle, Hal tells her the famous stories of Lanterns of old, and how they overcame great odds through will power and facing their fears. But when Krona sets his sights on Oa, the Green Lantern's home world in the center of the universe, Arisia's duty takes her from listener to chronicler of her own legend.

Written by Geoff Johns, Alan Burnett, Peter Tomasi, Eddie Berganza, Todd Casey, Dave Gibbons, Michael Green, and Marc Guggenheim, this DC Universe released co-directed by Chris Berkeley, Lauren Montgomery, and Jay Oliva is a culmination of six different tales about six different Green Lanterns throughout history. Each story is written by a different pair of writers, and although they have similarities in animation, each has their own unique style and flare when it comes to details, backgrounds, tones, and color palettes. These changes in tones reflect the nature of the characters they're dealing with, and the personalities of the Lanterns in question.

The story of the first rings creation is one of my favorites, which describes how the ability to create hard light constructs through imagination was an effect that not even its creators, the Guardians of the Universe, had predicted. It really gives off a sense that no matter what the odds the right amount of willpower and creativity can defeat the most vile foes. The animation in this story was very colorful, bright, but had very detailed backgrounds against simple characters. It was beautiful to watch.

Another story that stuck out was that of Laira, the Green Lantern who had once been an heir to the empire of The Golden Dragon. Her story revolves around her returning to her home world and having to stop her genocidal family from killing an entire species of people. Her skills as a Green Lantern are only heightened by her training in hand-to-hand combat, which she relies more upon. It really touches on what it means to put yourself above personal squabbles for the betterment of all life in the universe.

My other favorite was the story of Mogo, the "un-social" member of the Green Lantern Corps. The warrior known as Bolphunga The Unrelenting (Rody Piper) has killed all of the great warriors in his galaxy, until he hears of Mogo that is. Not only is Mogo undefeated, he's also a Green Lantern. Bolphunga traces his stories to his last known origin, a deserted forest planet, and dedicates nearly a year searching for him. If you don't know who Mogo is, don't Google his name or look him up, watch this story. Originally created by Alan Moore, he's one of the most beloved Lanterns in the lore.

Even though this film borrows alot of animation style from Green Lantern: First Flight it's in no way a prequel or sequel. It takes place more in the continuity of the comic books or the upcoming film. The best part about it is that Hal Jordan is a minor character, allowing viewers who are going to see the movie the chance to get to know other members of The Green Lantern Corps.

Overall I think it's one of my favorite depictions of the Green Lantern mythos, and I have to admit that I get chills every time a character recites the oath on screen.

Here's hoping the live-action movie does the same thing to me tomorrow night!

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