So Geoff Johns has been pretty wishy-washy about his portrayal of Larfleeze, and this Christmas Special is no different. I won’t get into the details, but if you would like to see some great Larfleeze character moments, even ones you wouldn’t expect from him, pick this up immediately.
Green Lantern: Larfleeze Christmas Special
Johns writes a story that at first seems kind of childish and without any substance, but grows to a story that simply won’t let go. Larfleeze takes you for a ride where you never thought you’d go before, including inside his innermost desires. Larfleeze starts the issue acting in a way that reminded me very much of G’Nort, but then proceeded to lose his temper and become the menacing, greedy creature he was originally depicted as. However, Geoff Johns pulls it off once again and brings a story with a well-defined beginning, middle and end, and it’s got a lot of heart.
Brett Booth brings an interpretation of Larfleeze that really doesn’t surprise me. For the story their telling, his art does a great job of telling it. We see the blink-and-you’ll-miss it flip of Larfleeze’s mood and it looks amazing. The first time I saw what his Larfleeze looked like, I didn’t like it, but the second it gets to the nitty-gritty artwork that Larfleeze is best represented in, he does a damn good job. So while his style doesn’t necessarily fit your average Larfleeze story, it works great for this one.
Overall I like what Geoff Johns did in this issue, he took Larfleeze on a journey of enlightment and he came out the other side changed. Brett Booth’s art might not have been as solid as I had hoped, but it works here for reasons that are obvious once the story is read.
A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING
|Larfleeze has some great character moments, Johns brings a meaningful story to the table.||Booth’s art is semi-unfitting for the characters, but fits the story pretty well.|
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