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Harley Quinn #12 is DDelightful, puddin’

November 19, 2014 Leave a comment

Harley Quinn #12 with Power Girl

The casually murderous Harley Quinn and the still-clueless yet good-to-the-core Power Girl are a match made in heaven/hell in Harley Quinn #12, from writers Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner, and artists John Timms and Chad Hardin. Power Girl is the perfect straight character to play alongside Harley Quinn, and the Kryptonian bombshell provides a much-needed anchor point for a wild ride to another dimension populated by giant dogs, four-breasted aliens and Thanos knock-offs.
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Comic Review: Harley Quinn #1

December 18, 2013 Leave a comment

Harley Quinn #1 Jimmy Palmiotti Amanda Conner New 52 Chad Hardin

Was it all just a dream? Did I just pretend issue #0 of Harley Quinn was fun? Because Harley Quinn #1, the official start of Harleen Quinzel’s new solo series from Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti and Chad Hardin, is anything but fun.

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Comic Review: Harley Quinn #1

September 11, 2013 1 comment

New 52 Villains Month Harley Quinn #1 Detective Comics #23.2

Harley Quinn #1 feels like going on a crime spree with your mom there to nag you the whole way.

Writer Matt Kindt and artist Neil Googe take psycho ditz Harley Quinn and try to blend her with her former self, the bookish criminal psychologist Harleen Quinzel.

The result is a messy storytelling duel between an introspective, intellectual narrator and a yappy, bubble gum-chewing troublemaker.

Spoiler alert: neither one wins.
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Comic Review: Suicide Squad #15

December 14, 2012 Leave a comment

Harleen Quinzel Harley Quinn Joker New 52 Suicide Squad #15
Suicide Squad #15 is exactly the lovers spat you’d expect out of psycho exes Harley Quinn and the Joker. There are broken dreams, old wounds and accusations aplenty, and only the Joker seems interested in a reunion.

The trouble is, the Joker’s idea of reunion requires a lot of pain and a few adjustments to Harley’s face.

Given that a lot of people will pick up this comic just for the Death of the Famiy tie-in, writer Adam Glass wisely keeps the larger Suicide Squad issues to the edges of this story and focuses on Harley and Joker. There’s a nice wink at the past in the return of Harley’s pet hyenas, but it’s clear Harley and the Joker have both become different people.

These two get right into fighting and never really pause to think about why they should get back together. The Joker seems more interested in torture than in reunion, and he doesn’t try to win her back. Harley is not at all tempted to rejoin him, and her flat out denial of him gives up a lot of potential story tension that Glass might have capitalized on. Instead, he suggests that the Joker has had plenty of Harleys, and he’s not worried about disposing of his latest one.

The Joker characterization gets a bit too verbose at times as he waxes philosophic on losing humanity and becoming something stronger. It’s a broad strokes concept that we’ve heard out of plenty of monstrous villains in the past, and it doesn’t bring anything new to the character or the story.

Fernando Dagnino’s art is competent but unspectacular. You can tell he likes putting mascara tears on Harley, and she’s busty as always in her two-color corset, but Dagnino never really draws attention to himself by trying something new.

Beyond the Harley conflict, Deadshot remains a hot topic for everyone, and he comes up repeatedly toward the end of the story.

Speaking of the end, Glass seems to suddenly bore of Harley, as he puts her in a bind and gets her out of it one page later without bothering to cover how she manages her escape. It’s lazy, rushes writing that really detract from the story.

This is a decent Death of the Family tie-in but it fails to challenge the status quo in any way.

6 out of 10.