Agent Orange (alias Larfleeze, real name unknown) is a fictional character owned by DC Comics. He is the primary wielder of the Orange light of avarice (others can wield the light but Larfleeze doesn't allow it voluntarily). He debuted in DC Universe #0 (April 2008), and was created by Geoff Johns and Ethan Van Sciver.
Developed by Geoff Johns as a key participant in the Blackest Night plot line, he explains at Comic Con International 2009 that he came up with the name "Larfleeze" by combining the words "lard" and "sleaze." Johns also reveals that the Claim Jumper restaurant chain was his inspiration behind writing about greed. At one point commenting upon how Larfleeze is one of his favorite characters, Johns states that he enjoys writing about Larfleeze because of how "out of touch" the character is. He goes on to say that, other than greed, emotions have no value to the character (as they, literally, do not provide him with anything material). After his brief first appearance in DC Universe #0 (April 2008), the character went on to be shown in smaller teaser appearances within the Green Lantern series until his first extended appearance in Green Lantern #39 (April 2009). The issue leads into Agent Orange (named after the codename Larfleeze is given by the Guardians of the Universe), the storyline detailing the character's origin that also serves as a prelude to the Blackest Night event. Larfleeze's story is ongoing in Blackest Night, including an appearance in Blackest Night: Tales of the Corps #2 (July 2009). In the story Tales of the Orange Lanterns: Blume, Godhead, he is shown "recruiting" one of his most recognizable Orange Lanterns.
Larfleeze (also known as Agent Orange to those who wield power from the emotional spectrum) is the first and for a long time the only individual to wield the power of the orange light. His origin is first described in a conversation between him and Hal Jordan in Green Lantern vol. 4, issue #41 (June 2009). Billions of years ago, Larfleeze belonged to a small guild of thieves which stole a number of artifacts from the planet Maltus, including a mysterious box supposedly worth an entire star system to the right buyer. In retaliation, the Guardians of the Universe sent their Manhunters to pursue them. Those that escaped discovered a map belonging to the Guardian Krona that told of treasure. The guild followed the map into the Vega System to the planet Okaara. There they discovered a temple, inside of which was a Power Battery containing the orange light of avarice. Feeling its power "speak" to them, the criminals fought amongst themselves for it. Eventually the Guardians and their Manhunters found them and conflict ensued. Fearing the power of the orange light, the Guardians offered the two surviving guild members (Larfleeze and Blooch) a deal: in exchange for the mysterious box, the Guardians would trade the orange light with two additional conditions. Firstly, as long as the orange light remained within the Vega system, the Guardians would agree not to interfere with it. Then secondly, for the safety of others, only one of the two thieves would be allowed to keep the orange light for themselves. Larfleeze explained that the Guardians were desperate to get the box back because it contained the fear entity Parallax. Agreeing to these terms, the remaining guild members fought to the death for the right to own the orange light, and Larfleeze emerged victorious.
In Green Lantern vol. 4, issue #28 (April 2009), the Controllers are shown discussing their previous failures in forming a force matching the Green Lantern Corps. It is then that they become interested in pursuing a comparable power source to the green light that they've discovered: the orange light. The Controllers follow the orange light to a planet called Okaara. There, they descend into an underground palace and eventually come across the orange lantern power battery deep inside. As soon as they try to take it, the Controllers are overcome by Larfleeze's Orange Lanterns and are slaughtered.
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