Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Larfleeze #12 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis
Art By: Scott Kolins
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: June 25, 2014

Ending With A Laugh

We've finally come to the end of Larfleeze, and as much as I hated this title when it started I have to say that it certainly grew on me over the past six months.  So walking into this issue the things you'll have to know are that Larfleeze, G'Nort, and the rogue member of The House of Tuath-Dan; The Wanderer are teamed up to take out the rest of The House of Tuath-Dan, on a robotic world known as Sorrow.  If that wasn't enough story for you let's add some romance because The Wanderer due to a ancient law is now betrothed to Larfleeze for being the only person that could defeat her in fair combat, so after this series we might have a wedding on our hands whether Larfleeze likes it or not.  We also have a stargate that the extra-dimensional gods built as a trap for Larfleeze out of the bodies of Sorrow's robotic people.  But after the consciousness of one of the robotic people it's made of decides that she's taking over the portal, and plans on killing everyone if her ex-husband doesn't pay her the back alimony he owes her, we might just have the death of everyone on the planet Sorrow.  Let's check out this last issue of Larfleeze and see if our Agent Orange lives to tell the tale.

Explain It!:

So our story begins with the final battle between Larfleeze and The House of Tuath-Dan, and I guess G'Nort and Wanderer our helping our greedy non-hero as well.  It looks like nothing will keep our avarice obsessed bastard down because the House of Tuath-Dan realize that they can't defeat this enemy.  They surrender and Larfleeze surprisingly grants them mercy.  They can go and live in peace as long as they don't ever touch something that belongs to Larfleeze ever again.  When they ask how will they know what belongs to him, Larfleeze simply responds.

The Wanderer takes her family away and promises that she'll treat them just as well as they have always treated her, and it seems that equates to taking The House of Tuath-Dan to their sworn enemies The Council of Ten.  For their crimes against their home dimension The Council of Ten will judge them accordingly, that is after they decide what's for lunch.  Now for people not familiar with this series Council of Ten, these figures are notorious for never being able to make a decision, so it looks like the House of Tuath-Dan will have a lot longer to live, and have the time to possibly pull a Andy Dufresne from Shawshank Redemption.  So I don't know if we can count these extra-dimensional gods out forever.

Back on the planet Sorrow Larfleeze and G'Nort are dealing with the mad robot woman/stargate that plans on destroying the planet if she's not paid her alimony.  Yeah it sounds bad for our strange heroes, but Larfleeze simply shoots the stargate out of the atmosphere where it destroys itself, and everyone is safe.  So planet saved, enemies defeated, that just leaves G'Nort with the problem of arresting Larfleeze for his various crimes against the universe.  But it looks like that won't be necessary either because G'Nort's ring notifies him that he can't detain anyone that he's related to, and we find out that G'Nort and Larfleeze are distant cousins.  I bet nobody saw that shit coming, I know I didn't.  

In the end the two walk away together with Larfleeze talking about how happy he is to have family again, and offering G'Nort a job as his sidekick, and G'Nort liking the sound of it.  But even though Larfleeze seems pleased to have his cousin by his side, and plans on the two having cosmic adventures together, he can't seem to shake the feeling that he's forgetting something.  That's when we see Stargrave in a pile of robotic rubble wondering if he should get a new profession.  That's it, and while it was a strange ride I have to say that for the most part I enjoyed it.  So don't come back next month looking for Larfleeze because it's done, and now you'll have to find another title to fill your Loony Tunes love, because "That's All Folks".

Bits and Pieces:

This is a really fun conclusion to this weird title, that lasted way longer than I ever thought it would after reading it's first issue.  But each month the book got stronger and stronger and even though we're now saying goodbye, I'm happy to have had the chance to read the strange greed obsessed adventures of Larfleeze and his butler Stargrave, and hope we'll see them again somewhere soon.  So finish your collection or pick up the series if you haven't checked it out yet, just make sure you have the chance to say goodbye yourself with your own copy of Larfleeze.


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