Green Lantern: The Animated Series – S01E01&02 – Beware My Power

Tonight, Green Lantern: The Animated Series kicks off with a two part, one hour premiere episode! Clearly, DC Entertainment was hoping to ride the wave of popularity from this past summer’s Green Lantern film. That didn’t quite pan out, but we still have the show!

Here’s how DC Entertainment describes it:

“Based upon the DC Comics super hero, Green Lantern: The Animated Series follows Earth’s Green Lantern, Hal Jordan, who is used to being in dangerous situations — but never anything like this! In the farthest reaches of deep space, Hal patrols the Guardian Frontier, where he must face down invasions from the evil Red Lantern Corps., who have sworn to destroy the Green Lanterns and everything they stand for. With ever-emerging galactic threats, Hal is soon joined by an all-new group of heroes on a mission to protect Guardian Space — and the Green Lantern Corps itself!

“In the first part of the two-part series premiere episode, ace test pilot Hal Jordan (voiced by Josh Keaton), who leads a secret life as Earth’s guardian Green Lantern, is called back to Oa. Searching for the culprits behind a series of Green Lantern deaths in “Frontier Space,” Hal and his gruff fellow Green Lantern Kilowog (voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson) ‘commandeer’ The Interceptor, a prototype spaceship powered by pure Green Lantern energy and an advanced artificial intelligence system that Hal names Aya (voiced by Grey DeLisle).

“In the second half of the two-part series premiere episode, Hal and Kilowog discover that a group of Red Lanterns, including the conflicted Razer (voiced by Jason Spisak) and the vile Zilius Zox (voiced by Tom Kenny) have been targeting and eliminating Green Lanterns in Frontier Space. Along with the help from a surviving Frontier Space Green Lantern Shyir Rev (voiced by Kurtwood Smith), Hal and Kilowog must stop the Red Lantern leader Atrocitus (voiced by Jonathan Adams) from destroying Shyir’s home planet of Colony 12.”

I look forward to your thoughts, opinions, gripes, live-blogging, etc.


  1. I would think that because this show is all computer animated that they would make the suit look like energy instead of a cheap elastic leotard.

  2. I, for one, am glad it’s not another origin story.

  3. Halfway through, and I want to cry with joy!

    Just saw the DC Nation commercial, and anything else on TV in 2012 is gonna have to wait. It ALL looks good!

  4. It’s over and I’m a happy iFanboy!

    • Agreed. Not a perfect episode but a solid start. I love the direction of the show: Corps vs. Corps in space. SIgnificantly more enjoyable than the earth centric and origin focused live-action abomination that came out over the summer. Hopefully the other Corps will show up soon too but I won’t mind if the focus remains on the Red Lanterns for now.

  5. I liked the Green Lantern special better than last summer’s movie. I’ll keep watching this series. I also dug the DC Nation shorts esp. the “Wallace & Gromit” style claymation with the Brit kid voices. Silly & fun.

  6. I hope during the DC nation they show older shows like Batman the animated series and Superman the animated series. And the little clip of that guy slamming a bat sticker and hitting the gas looks funny as hell!

  7. This is great, I cant believe this issue is so good. never would have expected that. awesome.
    I love it when Hal fling Zilius Zox like a ball to atrocitus and he hit it away like a volley ball

  8. Yuck..The animation didn’t work for me. I thought it was bad. I also don’t like the different colored rings. Maybe if the made Sinestro and the yellow Lanterns the bad guy I could get past it. No, I won’t be watching it.

  9. A most excellent cartoon. Had my ten year old twin girls and my four year old son glued to the tv. My wife tried to play it off but I know she was intrigued. All in all it was good, enjoyed the animation, the voices seemed to match pretty well and I was digging Aya. I think it’s cool they’re keeping it in space for now, give Clone Wars a run for its money. (as a sci-fi style cartoon instead of another earth bound super hero cartoon.) I’ll b setting the DVR up to catch all of the new episodes on this one.

  10. Honestly this is much better than any of Marvel’s animations. DC continues to lead in terms of animations.

    • I dunno about that. It’s definitely better than Marvel’s “motion comics,” but there have been several really good Marvel animations recently. Avengers is really good, and both Wolverine and the X-Men and Spectacular Spider-Man were great, though unfortunately cut short. DC is more consistent with their animations, but they’re not necessarily better.

    • Well tbh marvel make better movies (other than batman ofcus) and dc makes good animations. Emh is just fillers after fillers after fillers. There wasnt anything excited. Sorry if u liked it. And wolverine and the xmen was kinda boring to me. The marvel anime was the worst. Wolverine looked like crap. I didnt watch superhero squad so i cant comment. But marvel have been showing consistently average or bad cartoons. I was just underwhelmed.
      Yj would have to be my favourite for now. Although if gltas keeps up it might be better than yj.
      Thats just imo. Cos i actually got into comics through tv n cartoons n movies. So i pretty much watched alot of it.
      Marvel’s best was the xmen series in the 90s/2000s.

  11. This was way better than I expected. I’m impressed. Too bad Batman Year One couldn’t be this good…

  12. Enjoyed it, but hate the soft CG. In my dreams the series’ animation is based around the art of Ivan Reis/Ethan Van Sciver and Hal looks a lot less like Pixar film Mr. Incredible. I’ll be watching it regardless. Helluva lot better than the movie.

  13. It’s like Hal Jordan is now… Buzz Lightyear! This light Pixar look combined with Hal’s latest personality tweak (the “devil-may-care flyboy” a la Geoff Johns and Ryan Reynolds) makes me feel like I’m watching a more adult, DC-oriented Toy Story – which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I give this series pilot a thumbs up. There’s lots of promise here.

  14. better than I thought.
    Geoff Johns has completely defined the green lantern for the main stream.

  15. Woof, that is some UGLY animation!

    • How do you say that? This is really only a small notch or two below Pixar. Did you like The Incredibles?

    • Um… that’s a joke, right? The only thing this has in common with Pixar is that they’re both CG animation.

    • This is indeed about the same as pixar’s mr incredibles. Just not nearly good cos of the hair movement. Other than tt for a tv series its definitely better than any other cg tv animations.

    • Ilash is right on the money. Saying this animation is the same as Pixar is like saying Pokeman is the same as Beauty and the Beast b/c they are both hand drawn. Maybe some of saying the style is the same but the quality is nowhere close. As for MrSethypants’s comment, the Clone Wars CG animation is head and shoulders above GL’s. I’m not saying that the animation is bad but lets not get carried away. The animation is simple, clean, and effectively tells the story but has some room to grow.

    • I want to like it because I love Bruce Timm, but I can’t get over the computer animation. It is awful. Clone Wars is the benchmark here and this falls waaaaayyyyyy short. I’ll pass.

    • bullcrap. The difference between the texture of clone wars and this is obviously an stylistic choice. Clone Wars looks way too complicated with all the busy texture and what not. Besides this has been receiving great reviews. Never have there been a premiere episode so strong. Several website even said this was better than JLU’s premiere episode which alot of people deemed to be the 2nd best animated series next to btas

  16. I loved this! I thought the animation worked well for this kind of show (future-esque, space opera, sci-fi stuff). The story was well paced and interesting. This shows a lot of potential and I can’t wait for more episodes! This is what I felt the movie should have been. A little bit of earth-based character setup then a lot more space battle awesomeness. Oh well, at least we have this!

    Here’s a longer review on my blog:

  17. there was something in Carol’s and Hal’s unmasked face and expressions….that reminded me of Untangled. While Untangled had the better animation, I’m wondering if they had a particular designer or animator in common.

  18. I was busy and forgot to record the episode, I am so pissed. Does anyone know if they are going to re-air this sometime during the week?

    Just sayin’,


  19. Couldn’t get past the animation. Looked like an unfinished Pixar film. And that Red Lantern at the beginning was cringe-worthy.

  20. I liked it and the animation grew on me as thru the show. My 7 & 6 year old boys loved every second of it. I’m always thrilled when they like this stuff!

  21. Oh good gods, people, the animation is fine.

    I enjoyed it, but I am pretty burned out on Lantern v. Lantern conflicts. Can we get our space cops being space cops for once?

  22. Man, I for one loved this show to death! Best DC thing I’ve seen on TV in quite a while (though I’m pretty behind on Brave and the Bold)! I thought it was really well written so as to be fun for fans and newcomers alike, and thank God, they didn’t do an origin story! Look at Batman TAS: it starts with a Man Bat episode. This started in medias res as well, and I loved it.

  23. The animation took me a little time to get used to, but the story, action and fluidity of the movements turned me around before the episodes ended. A solid start indeed.