‘Green Lantern Animated Series:
Rise of the Red Lanterns'
The DC Comics superhero Green Lantern is the star of the Cartoon Network animated series, “Green Lantern: The Animated Series.” But it's not just the earthborn hero Hal Jordan who stars in the computer-animated series; he's one of 2,800 Lanterns who protect the universe at the will of the Guardians of the Universe.
For those looking for an origin of Hal Jordan, you won't find it here — that's been covered before in both live-action and animated films — the series instead jumps immediately into a new conflict.
The headstrong Hal (Josh Keaton) is the focus, however, as he's called to Oa when a group of Red Lanterns, enemies to the Green, are killing Green Lanterns stationed on distant worlds. Disobeying the Guardians, Hal and Kilowog (Kevin Michael Richardson) — a beefy, bulldog of a Green Lantern — hijack an experimental plane and race off to confront the Red Lanterns.
Once in the Forgotten Zone on the edge of Guardian-protected space, Hal and Kilowog find themselves in a series of tough situations as they face the rage-fueled Red Lanterns. (The Green Lanterns' power, alternately, comes from will.)
The series follows Hal, Kilowog and the additional characters who join up with them as they try to return to Guardian space.
The series does a good job of bringing the spirit of the Geoff Johns-written comics of the past decade or so to the TV screen in a format that's appropriate for young viewers, but also fun for adults.
Some fan-favorite characters from the comics appear in the series, including Mogo and Saint Walker. This series, produced by Bruce Timm (“Batman: The Animated Series,” “Justice League”), does a great job of showcasing what works about DC Comics' emerald warrior.
— Matthew Price