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Review Group Week #254: Larfleeze Christmas Special

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BlueStreak

The Red Stands for Irony

Postby BlueStreak » Mon Dec 27, 2010 2:16 pm

Planetary+History-Warren Ellis+Catchphrase+catchphrase+catchphrase=SHIELD
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chap22

Rain Partier

Postby chap22 » Mon Dec 27, 2010 3:11 pm

by the way, i went to 2 different shops this weekend and NEITHER had Larfleeze (truthfully...thank GOD), so no review again this week. I did read the free 10-page preview at DC on my iPad (Merry Christmas to me! :-D) and frankly was appalled and disgusted at just how terrible even that looked.

so those of you who are fans of the character or book, rejoice that my sure to be Punchy-esque score will not be recorded this week.
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BlueStreak

The Red Stands for Irony

Postby BlueStreak » Mon Dec 27, 2010 5:43 pm

Hey, SilverPheonix:

Did you send out your copy of Suicide Forest to Greg? I would PM you with this but I'm for some reason unable to send out PMs.

I just need to know if I'm sending out my copy to Greg or Stephen Day tomorrow.
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Punchy

Staff Writer

Postby Punchy » Mon Dec 27, 2010 5:50 pm

If we do do a Hickman book, we should at least do Secret Warriors, it's a standalone issue about Druid.
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Tintin Quarantino

Rain Partier

Postby Tintin Quarantino » Mon Dec 27, 2010 6:19 pm

Punchy wrote:If we do do a Hickman book, we should at least do Secret Warriors, it's a standalone issue about Druid.


Ok, that sounds sucky.
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chap22

Rain Partier

Postby chap22 » Mon Dec 27, 2010 6:24 pm

even the worst issue of Secret Warriors would be better than SHIELD.

******

Postby ****** » Mon Dec 27, 2010 6:30 pm

Fuck all you people who keep suggesting shit I read in trades.

Echoes sounds good. Flash starts a new arc. Dork Knight will draw eyeballs.

Just hurry and start the fucking poll before Hawk shows up and picks Female Force Betty White.
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Stephen Day

Wrasslin' Fan

Postby Stephen Day » Mon Dec 27, 2010 7:02 pm

Justice Society of America #46 might be a good pick
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Tintin Quarantino

Rain Partier

Postby Tintin Quarantino » Mon Dec 27, 2010 7:05 pm

John Snow wrote:Just hurry and start the fucking poll before Hawk shows up and picks Female Force Betty White.


Two words: Amber Atoms.
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Tintin Quarantino

Rain Partier

Postby Tintin Quarantino » Mon Dec 27, 2010 7:05 pm

Stephen Day wrote:Justice Society of America #46 might be a good pick


That doesn't sound right.

Or remotely possible.
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Starlord

Outhouse Editor

Postby Starlord » Mon Dec 27, 2010 7:32 pm

Larfleeze Christmas Special

You would have to be a big time Scrooge not to have enjoyed this. The ending alone was worth the price of admission and reminds those of us who have been investing our time in all these new Rainbow Characters that there is a soul crushing yearning that drives Larfleeze at all times. Johns did a fine job here but as enjoyable as it was, I don't see a reason they had to jack this up another dollar.

The art should have put it in a dollar bin unfortunately. Really was off on so many levels. It even made the coloring and inks look horrible.

I wouldn't recommend this for many people, but if you are a fan of the most recent Green Lantern Mythos, this is a nice treat.

Story: 8
Art: 2
My Score: 5.70
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Starlord

Outhouse Editor

Postby Starlord » Mon Dec 27, 2010 7:33 pm

chap22 wrote:even the worst issue of Secret Warriors would be better than SHIELD.


word
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thefourthman

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Postby thefourthman » Mon Dec 27, 2010 9:29 pm

uploading pictures presently, review written... will post momentarily. :smt026
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thefourthman

Outhouse Editor

Postby thefourthman » Mon Dec 27, 2010 9:40 pm

The Larfleeze Christmas Special starts out with everything right. Larfleeze should dig some Christmas and he should be angry when it goes awry. Having him chase shopping mall Santas is icing on the cake.

However, once a little boy tells the Orange Lantern where to find Santa it all goes horribly wrong. First of all, there are the people. Booth is perfect for drawing aliens cause as you can see when Hal flies up with thighs as big as his torso, you know that Brett comes from the Liefeld school of art. Just to add insult to injury, he is also plagued with the inability to draw faces much like David Finch or Michael Turner.

To make matters worse, Hal Jordon shows up. And boy is he preachy, which is cool Sunday morning when it is about the reason for the season, but in my comic book? No thank you, especially when it is as wrong as anything else, Santa is for fun? Really? No, dumbass, Santa is a symbol of the spirit, of giving, of unconditionalism and in the end of hard work… not fun! There is nothing fun about smelly ass reindeer and sleigh rides in the middle of the night (unless there is hey and a girl involved)… there is nothing fun about jumping down chimneys, there is nothing fun about be forced into obesity from milk and cookies at every house in the entire world, expected to be eaten by you! It’s not fun. And then, when his long ass impossibly loaded peak time is over… he gets to start making shit for next year… no thanks assholes.

And according to Scandanavian legend, he was an orphan passed from foster home to foster home! Ask Victorian Squid what feels like to not be wanted! Damn you Hal Jordan! Damn you for making Christmas awful, you suck. I triple dog dare you to lick a flag pole!

(The Red Lantern guy giving the Orange construct minion a fruit cake makes up for a lot of bad in the main story!) Yup team Tiny Titans makes up for a lot.

Orange lantern cookies are fairly easy to make. They are right tasty too. I can understand using the white chocolate as opposed to the normal semi-sweet chip – it is toned down a bit and works better with the orange flavored icing as a result. There are only a couple of criticisms I have. #1. There is not any kind of reference giving to how you are supposed to go about icing a cookie and not being a baker by trade I have never done it. So as you can see in the pics below, they are kind of crazy looking. #2. If you are gonna show them with white icing and orange latern symbols… don’t make a recipe for pale orange icing – show me how to fucking pipe on the cheap DC!
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The Maze is a little elementary. Especially given that there are at least three solutions and they branch from both opening paths!
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The ornament was a lot of fun to make, even if I got glue all over my hand.
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Story 3
Art 2

Extra Credit
Tiny Titans! Win a point!
Cookies with a serving of a whole batch, another point!
A nice ornament for a geek tree, add a point!

Overall 8 out of ten! Not perfect but fun and rewarding to the craft, cooking, easy puzzle solving sect!
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Eli Katz

OMCTO

Postby Eli Katz » Mon Dec 27, 2010 10:10 pm

Fourthy, your review was more fun to read than the actual comic.

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