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Matt McGloin

Review: Green Lantern: Larfleeze Christmas Special


GREEN LANTERN: LARFLEEZE CHRISTMAS SPECIAL PREVIEW Written by: GEOFF JOHNS Art by: BRETT BOOTH Colorist: ANDREW DALHOUSE Letterer: NICK J. NAPOLITANO Cover by: GENE HA Publisher: DC Release Date: December 22nd, 2010   *Warning: Spoilers*   Orange Lantern Larfleeze gets a lesson in what Christmas truly means from Hal Jordan in the Green Lantern: Larfleeze Christmas Special. However, as we have seen with previous Christmas tales such as A Christmas Carol and It's A Wonderful Life, Larfleeze doesn't get the happy ending that Ebenezer Scrooge or George Bailey is given. Actually, it's quite the sad ending. I wouldn't read this one to the youngsters on Christmas Eve. This was a fun issue as Larfleeze wakes up on Christmas Day expecting everything on his list to be under the Christmas tree. Being the Lantern of Greed that he is, he wants a lot. However, things go wrong as nothing is present. This sets him off on a quest to find the real Santa, where in Larfleeze fashion, he causes all sorts of mayhem which leads to an encounter at the North Pole with Hal Jordan. Throughout the issue, various Larfleeze Christmas crafts and activities are presented to the reader. This adds to the fun of the issue and makes it all the more merry. I was considering putting this in the ol' X-Mas stocking for my son, but the issue ends on a sour note (for X-Mas that is). As I stated earlier, the ending was quite sad as I felt Johns missed an oppurtunity to give us a Christmas filled issue. The build up from the beginning was all there with Larfleeze's greed being transformed to something better on Christmas Day, but the end saw no exoneration. Then, there was Hal's Santa spoilers that also took away from the issue which I felt were inappropriate. This issue could have easily been resolved going the route that Larfleeze is an Orange Lantern - and we know what naughty boys get on Christmas. Furthermore, some sign of the Jolly Gift Giver in the finale would have been a more gratifying send off. Don't get me wrong, I do realize we are talking about Larfleeze. In itself, the issue was descent, but, being a couple days from Christmas - I expected a Christmas story. What, Geoff? No Christmas spirit?