- Writers: Amanda Conner & Jimmy Palmiotti
- Artists: Chad Hardin & Jed Dougherty (pirate sequence)
- Colours: Alex Sinclair & HI-FI (pirate sequence)
- Publisher: DC Comics
- Release Date: July 15th 2015
I have to say, this Harley Quinn series is the most consistent when it comes to producing exceptional front covers. Conner and Sinclair have produced an amazingly detailed piece of art, which fully shows off Haley’s “lack of intelligence”, while including the main villain of the storyline. This series has some of the most detailed front covers I’ve seen, and this is no exception to that. Conner and Sinclair are amazingly talented, and this shows it.
Chad Hardin and Jed Dougherty seriously deserve an award. The artwork in Harley Quinn #18 is amazing. Everything is drawn in vivid detail, the use of colours by Sinclair and HI-FI, further adds to the exceptional quality presented within these pages. The attention to detail in each of the different Quinn’s is amazing: no two look the same and they’re all wearing different variations of Harley’s costume. The fight scenes are exactly what I’ve come to expect from such a serious, yet light hearted comic. Overall, this is one of the best illustrated comics I’ve read, and not just in the Harley Quinn series, but as a whole. The creative team has clearly worked incredibly hard on this; it’s a true masterpiece, and I can’t wait to see what else they create.
As most everyone knows, Harley is famous for being the Joker’s sidekick/lackey/lover, but this series highlights the fact that she is so much more than that. She is the leader of her very own band of misfit heroes, and they work surprisingly well together. I would never have imagined Harley as being successful by herself, because for so long she relied so heavily on her Mistah J, but this series clearly shows just how strong and versatile she really is. Conner and Palmiotti have done an exceptional job of showing just why Harley is one of the most loveable DC characters: she’s insane, highly intelligent but incredibly stupid, too caring for her own good, and just pure awesome. She gets herself into some ridiculous situations, but she does a really good job of trying to ensure the safety of her friends, and that’s something I really admire about this Harley. The whole potential romance thing going on between her and Ivy is also entertaining to read, and just puts this comic on a whole different level than many other comics out today.
Overall, the entire creative team have put together an amazing issue of Harley Quinn. It’s different to the Harley Quinn we all know and love, but the exclusion of the Joker obviously works in her favour and I’m thankful to the creators for giving her the opportunity to really show us what she can do out from the Joker’s shadow. It’s a real credit to DC as a whole, and I definitely can’t wait to see what happens next.
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