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Comic Review – Harley Quinn #12

  • Harley Quinn 12 pic 1Writers: Amanda Conner & Jimmy Palmiotti
  • Artists: John Timms (pages 2-19) & Chad Hardin (pages 1 & 20)
  • Colours: Alex Sinclair
  • Letters: John J. Hill
  • Publisher: DC Comics
  • Release Date: November 19th 2014

 

I can’t be the only one who is finding this series thoroughly entertaining, and from the looks of this cover, this issue of Harley Quinn is going to be exactly the same. Paul Mounts has done an exceptional job of capturing the essence of Harley: her vivacity. Not only that, but even the memory-less Power Girl seems true to form, in that the instinct to help others is still there, her moral sense is way off, but she still feels the need to help people.

In terms of artwork, this issue is just as good as the last. The attention to detail is fantastic, as it has been consistently:  the bipolar-ness of Harley can be quite difficult to capture, but it’s done to perfection in this series. Timms and Hardin have done an amazing job of pulling it off. Not only is Harley drawn to perfection, but so is Power Girl. Her confusion at times is evident not just on her face, but in her body movements. She still kicks ass, but she genuinely does seem to have formed a bond with Harley: the gentle smile she gives the lunatic is sweet and caring, like the Blonde Bombshell knows Harley isn’t as tough as she lets on, and needs someone to be there for her, not just as protection, but as a friend.Harley Quinn 12 pic 2

 

The friendship is not only seen in the artwork, but in the writing itself, an example of such is: “You crack me up you little chipmunk”. While the rapport between Harley and “Pee Gee” is entertaining, and a true friendship seems to be forming between these two mismatched heroines (Let’s face it, they are being pretty heroic), the rest of the storyline is not up to par. There seems to be a plot, but it’s thinly laced, and prefaced with many other challenges, which doesn’t sound too bad on the surface, but it’s poorly executed.

This series, in my opinion was never meant to be a serious one, Harley is too entertaining in her clever stupidity to be serious for more than a few minutes at a time, so I don’t take the series too seriously, I never have, but this issue is too confusing for me to find it entertaining in the slightest. Harley may be acting as she normally does, and Power Girl is acting how we’d expect her to act in her indoctrinated state, but there are more things these two could be doing; escaping from an incredibly weird world shouldn’t be one of them, or if it is, it needs to be executed properly.

Harley has so much to offer, and the inclusion of Power Girl should aid in making this story arc unique, but Power Girl seems to be taking centre stage, while Harley seems to be getting smaller, more stupid, and less significant as the story goes along.

Hopefully, things will be different in the next issue, because I, for one, am not impressed. Harley Quinn is one of the most entertaining DC villains out there; there must be more riveting storylines the writers can create for the Psychotic Psychiatrist.

 

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Hollie Cumberland

Hollie is an avid writer from Nottingham, England. She is a recent Psychology graduate from The University of Derby, who loves writing fiction novels and short stories. She has somewhat of an unhealthy obsession with DC Superheroes, more specifically female heroes, and has built up a rather impressive collection of comics.