Thursday, July 11, 2013

Larfleeze #1

I haven’t written about comic books in awhile, mainly because I’ve been lazy and so many other sites do it that it almost seems like my brief rundowns don’t do an issue justice. However, I have taken up keyboard after my reading of Larfleeze #1, the new Green Lantern spin-off (technically Threshold but whatever) by Keith Giffen, J.M. Dematteis and Scott Kolins. Their subject? Why, it’s Larfleeze, the Orange Lantern, of course who, for the unfamiliar, is the greediest and vilest creature ever to come out of the Vega System.

You see, Larfleeze is in a bit of a pickle. His orange lantern, the source of his power, and all of his stuff has been stolen from him. Thus, Larfleeze is depressed and contemplating tossing himself into a space anomaly. While that might not sound like the most promising of beginnings for the first issue of a comic, it becomes a great starting point as we are treated to Larfleeze’s origin story as he recounts it to his faithful butler. Of course we can’t believe half of it, coming from Larfleeze, but it gives a bit of background and insight into the mind of a completely insane and greedy beast of a character who you can’t help but love.

What in lesser hands could be a bland and boring issue, Giffen and DeMatteis offer a fresh and humorous take on Larfleeze’s recounting of his history that will elicit more than a few chuckles from the reader. Unless you’re dead inside. They can’t help that. Everything from Larfleeze’s birth to his acquiring the power of Agent Orange is covered and is frankly hysterical. I usually hate origin issues but this one kept me enthralled and I couldn’t wait to turn the page and see what other mishaps that loveable scamp had gotten into.

Then we get the setup for the next issue and boy, is it a doozy. Cosmically so. And comically.

Did I mention that all of this is visually represented by the lovely and wonderful artwork of Kolins, whose baby Avengers covers are a thing of beauty? Because he brings  his A game as much as the writers and combined makes for a book I didn’t know I would end up loving but did and now I am quite looking forward to the next issue.

If you haven’t picked this comic up, please do. Too many comics are cancelled because they don’t get enough promotion and I aim to see that this doesn’t happen too Larfleeze. He has too much stuff to get back and I want to see him get his hands on every grubby last piece. Hell, I think I’m going to go and read it again.

Also, fuck that half-star review at Comic Book Resources. I don't know what axe that guy has to grind, but he's totally wrong. The book might not be up his alley, but it's a fine piece of work that deserves much, much better than he gave it.

Check it out. 

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