Larfleeze #12

by Alan Rapp on July 3, 2014

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Larfleeze #12The adventures of Larfleeze come to a close as the Orange Lantern defeats the House of Tuath-Dan, saves the planet of robots (who are mostly dead at this point) which he sees as his property, and makes a surprising discovery about his connection to G’Nort.

Much like Captain Atom, albeit in an entirely different way, Larfleeze suffers the fate of not fitting into the gritty simplicity of much of the rest of the current New 52 landscape. And so, sadly, the wacky tales of space-fairing dogs with power rings comes to a close. In doing so however it does tease a new partnership between Larfleeze and G’Nort which I’d like to see DC pursue sometime down the line (maybe even throw in Dex-Starr for good measure?).

DC needs more, not less, comics with the irreverent charm of Larfleeze but apparently that’s not in the cards. So I’ll just thank Keith Giffen, J. M. DeMatteis, and Scot Kolins for getting me to not only buy but enjoy a comic about a character I cared very little about before this series and am now sorry to say goodbye to. Worth a look.

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Larfleeze #11

by Alan Rapp on June 4, 2014

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Larfleeze #11Setting the stage fro next month’s series finale (sigh), Larfleeze finally catches up with Pulsar Stargrave and gets his butler back. In doing so the Orange Lantern walks right into a trap led by the House of Tuath-Dan who once again have underestimated the “orange monkey.” Oh, and then there’s that certain Green Lantern and the fact that the flighty (but insanely powerful) Sena the Wanderer is intent on marrying Larfleeze – whether he likes it or not. It ain’t easy being orange.

Lots of fun to be had here with both Larfleeze and G’nort battle both each other (as G’Nort attempts to explain basic concepts to his fellow canine) and the gods from another dimension before deciding to create one hell of an awesome team-up leading into next month’s final issue (sigh) of the title.

Although I’m not surprised that the title is going away, I am a bit sad as Keith Giffen and J. M. DeMatteis have managed to carve out some of their old school zaniness in this small corner of a must too gritty New 52 Universe. Worth a look.

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Larfleeze #10

by Alan Rapp on April 28, 2014

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Larfleeze #10After destroying the citadel of the Otherworldy Gods of the House of Tuath-Dan, Larfleeze‘s search for his missing butler continues as Dyrge has taken Pulsar Stargrave from Sena the Wanderer (whose advances to Larfleeze fall on deaf ears) in an attempt to lay a trap for the Orange Lantern. What Dirge and her siblings don’t count on, however, is the arrival of a second equally absurd ring slinger.

Although G’nort and Larfleeze have very little direct contact here, the sector-less Green Lantern does get plenty of time with both Laord of the Hunt and Sena (who takes out her mixed emotions concerning Larfleeze on the Green Lantern).

Although I think artist Scot Kolins does fine with the other characters here, I would have preferred a more over-the-top cartoonish take on G’Nort. That said, it’s still good to have the Green Lantern Corps most absurd member back in action. Of course, I’m the guy who wanted to pitch a team-up book starring G’nort and Dex-Starr so I might be slightly biased. Worth a look.

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Larfleeze #9

by Alan Rapp on March 30, 2014

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Larfleeze #9Larfleeze versus an entire family of gods from another dimension! Continuing the storyline of Laord of the Hunt‘s family and their troubles with a certain “orange monkey,” Larfleeze #9 offers up the entire squabbling family against the Orange Lantern who proves more than up to the task (especially once his greed is fed by learning one member of the family claims to possess a “oneness with all things”).

Along with further the story of Larfleeze retrieving his butler Pulsar Stargrave and murdering a god, we also get a bizarre reaction from Sena the Wanderer to the entire series of events which may mean wedding chimes for the “orange monkey” in the near future, and the first appearance of one of my favorite Green Lanterns who shows up to answer a planetary distress call setting up next month’s battle between Larfleeze and G’Nort!

Although I was hoping for a bit more G’Nort in this issue, Larfleeze #9 continues the ongoing storyline of the Orange Lantern and Pulsar Stragrave’s interactions with the Laord’s family while setting up what should be very interesting tenth issue next month. Worth a look.

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Larfleeze #8

by Alan Rapp on March 2, 2014

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Larfleeze #8As Larfleeze begins cleaning out the planet Sorrow’s coffers for anything that catches the greedy hero’s eye, Sena the Wanderer is reunited with the rest of her family including the temptress Adora (whose amorous powers make anyone who come into contact with her, who isn’t an “orange monkey,” fall immediately in love – something Pulsar Stargrave learns for himself rather quickly).

Finally remembering he has a butler to reacquire, Larfleeze abandons Sorrow to take on Laord of the Hunt‘s entire family (even Adora whose powers, much like those of her siblings, have no effect on the selfish orange ring-slinger).

Larfleeze vs. the gods from another dimension certainly promises plenty of action next week, but I’m even more excited with the actions of the planet of Sorrow who decide to call in a Green Lantern to deal with their new problem which means the comic has something truly great up its sleeve yet to come. Worth a look.

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