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Let’s start with a Maximum Movie Mode, not hosted by the director, Martin Campbell, but by the man responsible for the latest incarnation of Green Lantern, DC Entertainment’s Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns.

Although it’s a step backward for Warner Home Video innovation (refer to Zach Snyder’s Maximum tutorial on “Watchmen” or Kevin Smith’s lunacy in “Cop Out”), it still packs quite an information wallop.

Content pops in via picture-in-picture segments during the movie almost every minute. Most interviews are conducted by Mr. Johns, who heaps tons of praise on all of those involved. He lets loose with a string of superlatives such as great, super impressed, awesome, psyched, loved, happy and super exciting on such folks as Ryan Reynolds and production designer Grant Major every chance he gets.

Studious fans will most appreciate the movie-to-comic characters comparisons pop ups and biographies loaded with art and highlighting Tom Kalmaku, Hal Jordan, Abin Sur and all of the major Corps members.

Other features in the Maximum Movie Mode include slide shows and focus points that break down everything from the U.C.A.V. dogfight to designing the planet Oa and a look at the Guardians.

Next, readers will enjoy the 20-minute documentary “Universe According to the Green Lantern” bursting with classic art from legends such as Gil Kane and Neil Adams. It takes a too brief look at the character in comics encompassing such eras as when the socially relevant Green Lantern teamed up with Green Arrow and his dark days as a mass-murdering deity. A cavalcade of industry creators pipes in, including Denny O’Neil. Dan Jurgens, Peter Tomasi, Ethan Van Sciver, and (of course) Geoff Johns.

Also, and most important for the hard-core comic book gamer, the package contains a code to unlock a yellow Sinestro Corps suit for the Dark Knight to wear in his latest video game adventure, Batman: Arkham City (PlayStation 3 only). Yeah, I agree, an odd choice for a costume but relevant as the brooding hero was recruited to the dark side by the group. As an FYI, there is even an action figure of him wearing the suit sitting in toy stores.

Read all about it: Warner Home Video includes a digital version of the first issue of the latest relaunch of the monthly Justice League comic book series.

This interactive slide show presentation automatically hones into every panel from the pages so viewers can read the dialogue bubbles (read quickly) and admire Jim Lee’s awesome artwork on a big screen. A simple navigation menu allows the show to be stopped or moved forward and back.

As part of the “The New 52” initiative that renumbers and rewrites all of DC Comics’ core superhero titles back to issue No. 1 (a desperate marketing gimmick for desperate times in the industry for sure), the book features the first meeting between Batman and the Green Lantern written by (who else?) Geoff Johns. Oh well, so much for the continuity in my 40-plus years of comic book reading.

Although Green Lantern makes a meaty appearance in the digital book, fans looking for a lengthier read on their hero should try the DC Comics’ trade paperback Green Lantern: The Movie Prequels ($14.99), which compiles issues devoted to Hal Jordan, Sinestro, Kilowog, Abin Sur and Tomar-Re. Or, buy Green Lantern Super Spectacular No. 1 ($9.99) for a taste of stories over the years, including the 1965 tale “The Secret Origin of the Guardians” from Green Lantern no. 40, drawn by the legendary Gil Kane.