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Green Lantern, Vol. 8: Agent Orange (Green Lantern IV #8)

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  1,288 ratings  ·  68 reviews
It's the prelude to "The Blackest Night" as the "War of Light" continues to intensify! Mongul attempts to establish his hold on the Sinestro Corps by enslaving the planet Daxam and making it the home world of his Corps. What does Sinestro's right hand man, Arkillo, think of all this? And will Sodam Yat, the Green Lantern known as Ion, fight to save his homeworld, which he' ...more
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published November 17th 2009 by DC Comics (first published November 10th 2009)
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The Sinestro Corps War pushed the Green Lantern series to new heights and opened it up to a ton of possibilities. After that, Geoff began preluding the 'Blackest Night' event with story arcs that laid down the foundation for the epic War of Light.

Agent Orange is an excellent read but the downside is that its really short. This story is not only continuing storyline of Hal Jordan, but also about the rise of the orange light that will lead into the Blackest Night. It's worth picking because we fi
This was a lead-up to the big Blackest Night event. It's very short, and the sole purpose is to introduce Larfleeze and the Orange Lanterns. Orange Lantern, really, as Larfleeze is too greedy to allow anyone else to have an orange ring. Orange being the light of greed, you see. Considering that I read Blackest Night before I got my hands on Agent Orange, I can say with confidence that one can read and understand Blackest Night, and Larfleeze and his role there, without having read Agent Orange. ...more
Jean-Pierre Vidrine
Not since G'nort showed up in the late 80s has a cartoony character been introduced into regular continuity and utilized so well as in the case of Larfleeze. Being part of the Prelude to Blackest Night, Agent Orange introduces the Orange Lanterns and their owner, a bestial glutton that (despite everything about it) quickly becomes a favorite character. The fact that both the aforementioned G'nort and Larfleeze were both introduced through Green Lantern canon is a testament to how versatile the c ...more
Gabriel Wallis
Feb 02, 2013 Gabriel Wallis rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Gabriel by: Arlo Wallis
Shelves: 2013
Another great Green Lantern graphic novel leading up to the Blackest Night. In this graphic novel, Agent Orange, Larfleeze, is introduced... thus the whole of the Orange Lanterns is introduced. I know, it sounds a little confusing, but you just have to read the graphic novel to understand. Spoilers, you know. I really enjoyed this graphic novel. I just can't wait to get to the Blackest Night!
Renny Abraham
This is a short book and primarily introduces the Orange Lantern.

The story focuses on a single main arc. There's no jumping around.
The pacing it great.
Larfleeze is awesome. Thoroughly enjoyed his character.

The story continues from Rage of the Red Lanterns. Its not a standalone book. But that shouldn't be an issue if you have been reading Geoff John's run on Green Lantern.
The story doesn't resolve entirely in the end. I hope it continues into Blackest Night.
The artwork is great but some
Obviously, this book introduces us to Agent Orange, or Larfleeze who is in possession of the Orange Lantern, which is powered by avarice. The character of Larfleeze is interesting and feels a lot like Gollum from Lord of the Rings. What this book does, is introduce us to another color in the emotional spectrum in preparations for Blackest Night. While this book doesn't make as big of a push as others have, we see the Orange Lanterns for the first time and a quick little epilogue at the end tease ...more
As the last of the series leading up to The Blackest Night, Agent Orange ties together many of the strings that have been gathered up to this point and introduces the last lantern color, orange for greed. Agent Orange was fascinating and I won't say more about him specifically because I feel like it might spoil the impact of him. The Guardians, with the Green Lantern Corps as backup (including Hal Jordan and John Stewart) decide to finally confront Agent Orange whom they have left alone for year ...more
Okay, still working my way through this stack of graphic novels, I think I've gotten through all the 'Prelude to Blackest Night' ones. At this point, I have no idea what is happening. I liked the vol 7 much better than this one (I know, they've all gotten 3 stars, but I tend to think of them 2.5 - 3.5... if that is the case, then this is a 2.5.

New colors showed up, Orange did. Apparently Black, to go along with that mishmash of colors I learned about in previous installments. Look, I'm not a hu
Reprints Green Lantern #38-42 and Blackest Night #0 (March 2009-August 2009). Awakened by the Controllers, a new Orange Lantern has appeared in the Vega System. Larfleeze, also known as Agent Orange, now wants more and is fueled by the orange light of greed and avarice. When Larfleeze wages war against the Green Lantern, the Blue Ring of Hal Jordan provides and new quest and a new desire for Agent Orange…and he will have it!

Following Green Lantern: Rage of the Red Lanterns, Green Lantern: Agent
This book clearly shown why Larfleeze has been the fans and my favorites. The character is very interesting as in how being a kleptomaniac and hoarding of goods could make one a powerhouse. I think it could be as farfetced as to think that this is a nod to consumerism reigning in our society nowaday.

While nothing really epic happens in this book, its very enjoyable and solid. There're many story driven pages that's supercharged by Philip Tan's "vivid" drawing.

The arts are phenomenal at times as
This volume has the most fun character in Johns' run in the greed driven one-man orange (green was taken) lantern corps Larfleeze.

Unfortunately it also has the worst characters in the eye rolling violet (read: pink) lanterns Star Sapphires who are all woman, driven by love and dress in what I can only think to call disco lingerie.

It's the last breath before Blackest Night so everything that been set up for years starts to happen. It's an exciting read if you've been following it and probably a
This is kind of the middle of all things.

I was reading it to see the "origin" of Larfleeze. He's not as likeable here as I understand him to be. I mean, I guess he's never "likeable" in the Mickey Mouse sense, but there's not too much comedy here. He's much more menacing.

In fact, almost none of the characters in this book can really claim to be likeable.

The Guardians, especially, are superjerks.

Also, the emobdiments/champions of love don't all have to be buxom women with plunging necklines, rig
This Green Lantern Book is a Prelude to the Blackest Night Event. It introduces Agent Orange/Larfleeze who is the Sole Member of the Orange Lantern Corps (being based around Avarice and greed, only one could possess the lantern. In this collection Hal is also bound to a Blue Ring, and finds his abilities shifted whilst wearing both the Green and Blue.
We also get the backstory for how Larfleeze ended up with the Orange Lantern and the deal made with the Guardians.
The Guardians are NOT happy with
While I didn't Find this to be as good as Secret Origin or Rage of the Red Lanterns it continues in the same vain as those books and I still got a kick out of it, as it is reminiscent of Johns-penned Flash comics. Much like the Blue and Red Lanterns, Larfleeze AKA The Orange Lantern AKA Agent Orange provides some extremely silly fun, so for a lead in to something with a name like Blackest Night, don't expect to take this very seriously. The tale reaches its groan worthy heights when Hal Jordan f ...more
Oct 26, 2012 Kyle rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: dcu
This volume is a bit of a bump in the road on the way to Blackest night. However, the fourth new law of the Guardians is enacted in this volume, so it is a must-read. The pacing is a little off compared to the other preludes, and I didn't find Larfleeze interesting enough to solicite his own story-arc. Granted, by this point in the GL universe, a lot is going on, but in this particular volume, too many story-lines are trying to converge, it makes the story mucky, messes up the pacing. Larfleeze ...more
Adam Oster
I've been wanting to read this book for a while for one simple reason.
You should read this book for one simple reason:

While the art is gorgeous and this does a great job of introducing many of the main story elements required for The Blackest Night, Larfleeze is really what this story is all about. A character who is driven purely by the purest of greed, Larfleeze is disgusting, annoying, and all-friggin' powerful. And you can't help but smile every time he utters the word "
Ivan Leong
The introduction and origin story for Agent Orange aka Larfleeze aka Orange lantern leader. I actually find this character more interesting than Atrocitus (Red Lantern's leader). Is DC's very own Smeagol from LordoftheRings. This is a prelude towards the Blackest Night.
Larfleeze is one of my favourite new characters, often times new characters are rehashes of old characters and designs are often far too fantastic to be taken seriously but with Larfleeze I immediately felt an attraction to the greed driven kleptomaniac channeling the Orange Light of Avarice. So why 3 stars? The art by Philip Tan is quite exceptional at some moments; details are amazing in some areas, the robotic Lantern Stel looks particularly cool. At other times Tan's art is mediocre, there i ...more
May 2014. 3.5 stars. I enjoyed this a lot more after giving it a second reading, in series order. My original complaints still stand: lots of explosions, not lots of character. But there is something about Larfleeze that makes him eerily lovable. (Sort of like Gollum.)

Jul 2011. 2 stars. I like Larfleeze and the orange lanterns, but after 100ish pages of this, all I can really remember is a lot of explosions and fighting. Like the comics equivalent of a Michael Bay movie, maybe? On the other hand
There is nothing really wrong with this title. Geoff Johns' writing is up to his usual standard. The multiple pencilers is slightly off-putting but doesn't really take away from the overall experience. It merits just three stars because there isn't much of an actual story here. You're introduced to a new (admittedly awesome) character but you don't get much of a sense of the role he'll play in the larger story still to come.
Reading it, you definitely get the sense that you are in the middle of
TJ Shelby
As the final prelude leading into Blackest Night, this was a great story introducing the history of Larfleeze, aka Agent Orange. It is becoming ever more apparent to me that I while I want the Green Lanterns to win, I definitely want the Guardians of the Universe to get their asses kicked. Their collective, presumptive close-mindedness in the face of reality almost ensures that they have brought about their own destruction. Letting Larfleeze (Agent Orange) know the location of the Blue Lantern h ...more
Hannah Givens
It's a transitional book leading up to Blackest Night, not really a standalone and not meant to be, but Agent Orange is one of my favorite characters so I loved it.
Nov 17, 2009 Brad rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: comics, dc
Orange Lanterns burst on to the scene, following the Yellow, Red, Blue, Sapphire, and of course Green Lanterns. The story of the Agent Orange's avarice is okay, but it feels like Geoff Johns is just substituting new colors and emotions (orange is the new red, greed is the new rage) for the same old story. There's enough variation here to offer small surprises, but this book has been not very subtle or crafty about building to Blackest Night and the clash of kaleidoscope colors for a while.
Shawn Fritsche
Like I said in my review for Rage of the Red Lanterns, I'm getting up to speed on things with the Green Lantern and preparing myself for Blackest Night.

I'll start by saying I love Larfleeze and the Orange Lantern of Avarice. Of all of the new corps introduced so far (red, blue, violet) I think the Orange Lantern Corps are my favorite, as Geoff Johns came up with a very cool concept for them. Agent Orange also expands on things introduced in RotRL such as the Blue Lanterns and what has been goin
This is an amazing twist in the Green Lantern lore. DC Comics has evolved the Green Lantern universe into something wonderful and new. The story delves deep into Green Lantern lore and brings out so many more possibilities for the Green Lantern Corpse by expanding the ring colors to more than just the green and yellow that have been in the original stories. Now rings of all different colors are coming out of the woodwork; from the Red Lanterns filled with rage, to the Violet Lanterns of love. Th ...more
I think Geoff Johns put a hell of a lot into this story arc. This orange fella is pretty cool. I don't know if he really sticks around though.
Alone, this didn't wow me. As a prelude to a fantastic book (Blackest Night), it did its job: it introduced Larfleeze and the orange light into the DC Universe. I think I would have liked this more if I had read it before I read Blackest Night, but that's no one's fault but my own.

This book explains who Larfleeze is, how he got his ring, what his constructs are, and pretty much everything else you could want to know about him. It also tells the origin of Glomulous (or the end of Glomulous, depen
Nicole R
Fun but stupid
Admittedly, I read some of the GL TPBs out of order, but GL: AO was the most puzzling and awkward for me as it's the prelude to Blackest Night. I read Rebirth first and then Secret Origin and then went right into Blackest Night and then had to fill in the gaps over a long period of time to get caught up with Geoff Johns Green Lantern. I would caution readers to read GL in proper order and perhaps even read the GL spin off titles like, The Green Lantern Corps otherwise one will get confused by al ...more
Jessica at Book Sake
This is one of the preludes of Blackest Night. A new Lantern has appeared: Agent Orange of Avarice. The Green Lantern must fight Agent Orange. There were some parts of the text that I had no idea on where I was supposed to start reading. There were so many cool textures and colors and details that it blew my mind. I liked the art and the writing is great as well. It’s a worthwhile read for any Green Lantern fans.

Reviewed by Kole for Book Sake.
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Geoff Johns originally hails from Detroit, Michigan. He attended Michigan State University, where he earned a degree in Media Arts and Film. He moved to Los Angeles in the late 1990’s in search of work within the film industry. Through perseverance, Geoff ended up as the assistant to Richard Donner, working on Conspiracy Theory and Lethal Weapon 4. During that time, he also began his comics career ...more
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