Review: The Larfleeze Christmas Special
Ah, the holidays. This time of year, the world is alive with all the sights and sounds of Christmas. Even if you don’t actually celebrate Christmas, the holiday is pretty much unavoidable if you go to any public places during the month of December. All the stores are playing holiday music, everyone is wearing funny little hats, and all of the television stations are airing Christmas Specials all month long to celebrate. This year, DC comics is getting in on the holiday spirit and bringing us The Larfleeze Christmas Special; which will go down in history as one of the best holiday specials the comic book industry has ever seen.
The Larfleeze Christmas Special is one of those books that you think might be good just by looking at it, but only by actually reading it can you understand the books full potential. Larfleeze is powered by greed and avarice, so what better holiday than Christmas to give him his own holiday special? Orange Lantern Larfleeze has changed a lot in his two years occupying the DC universe; going from a maniacal villain to the equivalent of a far less annoying Jar Jar Binks. It may sound odd, but in a lot of ways Larfleeze has grown exponentially as a character since becoming the comic relief of the Green Lantern series. He brings a lot to the table in terms of character, and you can’t help but root for him throughout this entire issue.
The greed powered Larfleeze wants it all; he’s made his list, checked it twice, and made sure to leave out some special Orange Lantern cookies for Santa Claus in order to make sure he receives all that his heart desires come Christmas morning! The only problem is, Santa isn’t real; except that Larfleeze doesn’t know that. As he awakens bright and early on Christmas morning, Larfleeze is shocked to find out that not only were all of his presents missing, but it appeared that Santa had never even been there at all! So Larfleeze and his trusty orange construct sidekick Glomulus dash off to hunt down Santa Claus to get to the bottom of this catastrophe! Only with the help of Green Lantern Hal Jordan will Larfleeze be able to avert a true holiday disaster and claim the holiday spirit as his own with a triumphant ‘MINE!’
Writer Geoff Johns has really outdone himself with this one. As Larfleeze’s creator, he knows and writes the character best; and he nails it perfectly every time. It’s hard to write a likeable character whose personality is based around the sole fact that he is the greediest person in the universe, but Johns pulls it off. You can’t help but love Larfleeze’s sheer heartbreaking innocence as he awakens on Christmas morning to see a tree without any presents beneath it. This book in particular showcases why Johns is one of the best writers in the industry; having taken an idea that started off as a joke and crafting it into something that is truly special and unique. He even managed to fill the book with small holiday bonuses like an Orange Lantern cookies recipe, a maze to direct Larfleeze to Santa Claus, and even a cut out Larfleeze Christmas tree ornament!
Artist Brett Booth clearly gives his all with this one, with his artistic styling’s being the perfect match for the Green Lantern series. Although the Larfleeze character was designed by Johns and artist Ethan Van Sciver, Booth seems to capture him in a whole different light that makes the character all that much more likeable. The expressions on both Larfleeze and Glomulus’s faces are priceless throughout the book, regardless of whether it’s a look of pure excitement, horrified rage, or just a cheesy smile as Larfleeze holds up a tray of cookies.
The Larfleeze Christmas Special is one of the best comics I’ve read all year, and truly is a must own book for any comic book readers. It showcases some of the best talent currently working in the comic industry, and is a fun ride straight through to the end. It even packs a little bonus story featuring Larfleeze’s Orange Lantern construct sidekick Glomulus on his own brief adventure! Don’t just take my word for it, get to your local comic shop and pick up your copy of The Larfleeze Christmas Special today!
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