A Lackluster Finale – Harley and Ivy Meet Betty and Veronica #6
Picking up where issue #5 left off, Harley and Ivy Meet Betty and Veronica #6 sees the girls trying to escape their predicament. In issue #5, the ruthless Leonard Lozzi captured Harley, Betty, Ivy, and Veronica. At the end of issue #5, Lozzi revealed that he had placed bombs beneath the Sweetwater Swamp, which also put Riverdale at risk. In issue #6, Harley and Ivy must free themselves and their newfound friends before time runs out, save Riverdale, and get back home before they cause more trouble.
In my previous review, I gave Harley and Ivy Meet Betty and Veronica #5 high praise. Though it was a little cliché, it was fun, well-written, and the art was gorgeous. I wish I could say that issue #6 was just as good.
In issue #6, Harley, Betty, Ivy, and Veronica are struggling to free themselves from their bonds with little luck. However, Harley finds a way to free Ivy in classic Harley Quinn fashion: breaking things. Ivy manages to summon her plants to free the others. Together, the girls must get the bombs as far away from Sweetwater Swamp as possible before Lozzi manages to detonate them. That’s about where the excitement ends. After that, all originality vanishes, and the issue turns into a rather trite affair. The tonal shift is very disappointing in this issue. The previous issues, while fun and ridiculous, seemed to be grounded and maintained an odd sense of realism. Whereas Harley and Ivy Meet Betty and Veronica #6 becomes quite campy and predictable.
That’s not to say that there are not some good things that came out of this issue. Alfred Pennyworth helped save the day as well. Apparently, he and Hiram Lodge’s butler, Hubert Smithers, are good friends. There are several scenes that are humorous, such as Harley Quinn and Jughead having a burger eating contest. There’s a couple of comical action sequences towards the end and the miniseries wraps things up rather well.
Laura Braga’s artwork in this issue is great. However, it does lack the depth and surrealism that appeared in the previous issues. After doing a little research as to why that shift may have occurred, I discovered that another artist was involved in the previous issues. I made an oversight in my review for issue #5; Adriana Melo was the second artist involved in Harley and Ivy Meet Betty and Veronica #1-#5. However, it does not appear that Melo was involved in the final issue. Melo not having a hand in issue #6’s art may explain the shift in style. With that being said, Braga’s artwork definitely matches this issue’s tone.
Arif Prianto’s color scheme is very bright. Colors pop and seem to be rather matte as opposed to the polished look of issues #1-#5. Considering that the shift in tone, it is understandable why the color scheme also changed. Prianto’s bright colors match and even enhance the jovial tone of this issue.
While I did not particularly like Harley and Ivy Meet Betty and Veronica #6, I can see its appeal to some. It’s filled with light-hearted fun that brings the best of Archie and DC Comics together. However, the previous issues were also fun and light-hearted at times, and yet they were unpredictable. Why did the writers play it safe in this issue? When one has the opportunity to create a miniseries such as this one, it seems as though they could pull out all the stops. I think that’s what issue #6 needed. It needed to get a little crazier and maintain its unpredictability.