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Review: Larfleeze #1 and Batman/Superman #1

Larfleeze #1

LARF_Cv1_0tqw9rke34_Larfleeze, the breakout character from Blackest Night, last seen in the pages of Threshold, is back in his own solo, ongoing series—and he’s not sharing it with anyone! In his debut solo adventure, Larfleeze meets Laord of the Hunt, a pan-dimensional cosmic entity that believes all living things are prey—and he’s out to turn the universe into his own private hunting reserve! And the only thing worse than Laord is the deadly beings he can summon!

While the Green Lantern universe is filled with various colors, the characters themselves have some times fallen into one note tricks, Larfleeze and Red Lanterns being the top two. Larfleeze suffers from not having much depth given so far, and while some of his origin story has been presented, it’s never really struck me as anything interesting enough to justify such a spotlight, let alone his own series.

Writer Keith Giffen has the difficult task ahead in an attempt to give the character more to him than “mine.” This is the same issue Red Lanterns has taken almost 20 issues to move past as well.

While there’s nothing horrible about this first issue, there’s also nothing that makes it jump out to be anything more than a limited series. This just doesn’t scream top notch ongoing to me. The story was interesting, but again it felt like a back-up story, something Larfleeze should be regulated to, because he works best in small doses.

While I’m not totally writing off the series yet, This first issue is dangerously close to me not checking out the second. As a Lantern fan though, I do want to see if Giffen can perform a miracle and make this character more than a one-note punchline.

Story: Keith Giffen and J.M DeMatteis Art: Scott Kolins
Story: 6.5 Art: 7 Overall: 6.5 Recommendation: Pass

Batman/Superman #1

BM_SM_Cv1_52flzomr7u_A new epic begins with the debut of this new, ongoing series! Don’t miss the first fateful meeting of Batman and Superman in The New 52! That’s the promise of this new series which takes place years in the past, though we’re not quite sure when.

Murders are being committed in Metropolis of Wayne Enterprise employees bringing together these two titans. The story by Greg Pak is ok, but the plot is a bit disjointed. Clark Kent heads to Gotham to investigate these murders, I think. That’s never really made clear and he just sort of bumps into Bruce Wayne. A meeting that’s just a bit contrived, because it doesn’t seem natural at all. It’s too coincidental and not explained enough.

Then we head back to Metropolis where we find out the baddie causing all of the issues, then the story takes a turn for a weird with a bunch of final pages that don’t make a lot of sense. Hopefully the second issue makes this all a bit more clear, but on it’s own I felt like “wtf!”.

The real draw is the art of Jae Lee who brings his distinct style, and awesome fit for Batman and Gotham. His style also works well for Superman, though I’m not sure it’s a match for the gleaming city that is Metropolis.

All told, the first issue is pretty decent. I can’t say it blew me away, but it’s a solid start that has me wanting to check out the next issue.

Story: Greg Pak Art: Jae Lee
Story: 7 Art: 8.5 Overall: 7.25 Recommendation: Read