I have to admit that I am at a loss when it comes to the Larfleeze series. I love the character, but I just don’t get why reviewers are giving such high marks to the title. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again here, the Larfleeze comic goes too far in trying to be funny at the expense of the tragic and schizophrenic nature of the character – and I use the word funny very loosely.
In issue two Larfleeze becomes secondary to his butler Stargrave as the Orange Lantern spends nearly all of the issue at odds with Laord while their two underlings commiserate. As the two battle Larfleeze has suddenly given the ability to create constructs, something he’s never been able to do before. It’s almost as if the creative team was handed the title having never read anything about the title character and are making things up as they go along, oblivious to the knowledge of everything that readers have come to know and love about him up until now.
Artistically I had high hopes for this issue as soon as I opened the cover and was greeted by a beautiful image by Scott Kolins. However as the issue unfolded it all went downhill and the art de-evolved into a technicolor eyesore.
Rather than continue to beat the book over the head I’ll just leave it this way – if you enjoy the series more power to you and I’m glad you find the humor a refreshing take on the character, but for me this just isn’t Larfleeze and I’m not really sure if I will continue to support the title in hopes that I will like it better with the creative direction it has. One out of five lanterns.