Embittered by Superman's heroic successes and soaring popularity, Lex Luthor forms a dangerous alliance with the powerful computer/villain Brainiac. Using advanced weaponry and a special strain of Kryptonite harvested from the far reaches of outer space, Luthor specifically redesigns Brainiac to defeat the Man of Steel.
As the home planet of the Green Lantern Corps faces a battle with an ancient enemy, Hal Jordan prepares new recruit Arisia for the coming conflict by relating stories of the first Green Lantern and several of Hal's comrades.
As someone who takes delight generally in the DC animations I was hugely impressed by Tales of the Black Freighter. There are a couple of instances where the action is a tad lacking in flow but even that's occasional. The animation is very detailed and atmospheric, with well-done character designs. The music is appropriately haunting and never overdone, while the writing is intelligent and thought-provoking. Most of the action is very well-choreographed and paced and the story is dark in tone, very compelling and quite suspenseful and even chilling. The characters are engaging, not stock and with a sense of conflict that gives them some dimension. Gerard Butler's voice work is superb, a perfect balance of gruff and sympathetic.
Overall, a simply great DC animation short, that more than stands up on its own. 9/10 Bethany Cox
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