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FTN reviews Green Lantern: The Animated Series – ‘The New Guy’

October 1st, 2012 by Christopher Williams Comments

Well, I have been waiting all summer, and finally it’s here! The return of the DC Nation cartoon block. If you’re like me, you grew up without a lot of money, so I never collected comics as a kid, but tv was always the place to go for superheroes. I started in the 80’s watching replays of the old Marvel toons from the 60’s with little to no animation at all, and my love of superhero toons has carried on into my 30’s.

The Green Lantern series really surprised me in the first season. People were weary of the CGI style, but I thought it was well done and stayed true to the look that has stuck with DC toons since the incredible run of Bruce Timm started. Plus the story telling was always top notch.

That trend has continued with season 2 debut, “The New Guy”. The new guy being the introduction of extra cocky lantern Guy Gardner. All of season 1 Hal Jordan and crew were off into the nether regions of space stopping the Red Lantern threat, so someone had cover sector 2814 in Hal’s absence. Hal comes back to Earth to find his relationship with Carol Ferris teetering on edge, his job lost and now he has been replaced as GL of sector 2814. Hal just can’t catch a break. It doesn’t seem to let up either, when after a showdown with Gardner, the two GLs answer a call to discover Manhunters here on Earth.

This was a great way to kick off season 2. The very first scene had my eyes peeled wide open for what I can only assume will be this season’s big bad guy. I also enjoyed seeing Hal and Guy sitting around on the rooftop enjoying some chicken wings. Anyone who follows the comics knows we get a lot of these types of interactions where the Earth GLs reflect on whatever adventure they have just survived. Guy’s character was also true to form displaying the bravado he has been known for. Diedrich Bader was a great choice to voice Guy and its good to hear him bring Guy’s voice to life. His line about relationships being Hal’s problem and than later getting introspective about being a GL 24/7 making hard to carry on a real life was spot on. Showing Guy letting his guard down for a minute really goes to grow the character.

Missing were last season’s crew of Kilowog, Razer and Aia, but I can only assume they will return when the focus of the show shifts away from Earth a little bit. From what I saw here, I am eager to see where this season will take us. We are off to great a start.

4 out of 5 nerds

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Christopher is self-billed as the World's Coolest Nerd (meaning he wears glasses and is clumsy, but he never earned good marks in school). He loves all things Star Wars and superhero related such as comics, books, cartoons and movies. He's a husband and father who somehow manages to keep up with his pastimes since his day job mainly consists of sitting around a store with not much to do. He's very outspoken and wants to share his opinions with the world, or at least his fellow nerds. You can follow him on Twitter @AUDone44.