It’s hard when the comics you take great joy and entertainment from seem to be dragging you down. It’s kind of been that way the last two weeks for me so I felt like I needed to write about something with little to no baggage. That’s why I popped my copy of Green Lantern: Emerald Knights in and sat back to enjoy the ride. And boy am I glad I did.The first and second stories in the film feature the first Green Lantern, Avra, whose story is new and Kilowog who learned the word “Poozer” from his drill sergeant Deegan. While not the story we know from the comics (the first Lantern there was Rori Dag), the first is a touching tale of the four individuals to be chosen by the Guardians to protect the universe as Green Lanterns for the first time ever. Three are warriors while Avra is basically a glorified secretary for the Guardians. Their learning curve with their power rings is dramatic to watch, especially when they are pitted against a much larger and seemingly stronger force. And the future of Avra’s power ring is also very special. Kilowog’s story is essentially another origin tale. The tables are turned as we see him as the recruit, voiced by Henry Rollins, and Deegan as the gruff veteran, voiced by Wade Williams. Getting to see Kilowog as the newbie is quite the treat. Especially as you see where a lot of his training tactics came from. The relationship between him and Deegan is short-lived but makes an impression.
The fifth story, while still entertaining, was probably my least favorite of the bunch. My primary reason for that was although the focus was on the Arnold Vosloo voiced Abin Sur and Isaac’s Sinestro, I didn’t feel there was enough time spent showing their mutual admiration for each other and friendship. There was some of that for sure but I felt that could have been more of a highlight. Instead we see Abin fighting and capturing Atrocitus. To those of us familiar with the comics, Atrocitius is very familiar. He’s the leader of the Red Lanterns and a dangerous adversary. There are some very interesting plot points brought up in this section, specifically by Atrocitus that leave a lot of questions for future events.
Emerald Knights was pure, unadulterated fun. Green Lantern fans will find plenty to be excited about while new viewers will be schooled in the way of the Corps in advance of the live-action film. I’d recommend it if you’re trying to initiate someone into the mythology, there’s no doubt in my mind they’ll want to know more after watching Emerald Knights. The finale is intense and filled with the teamwork you’ve come to expect from the Corps. It was a great ride, with explosive action and fantastic voice acting and it was nice that they allowed Hal to take a back seat this time and let the many other interesting and valuable members of the Corps shine.
Green Lantern: Emerald Knights is now available in stores and online.