Review – Harley Quinn #8

Harley Quinn 8 cover
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Writers: Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti
Artist: Chris Hardin
Colors: Alex Sinclair
Letters: John J. Hill
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: 7/30/14

Something smells rotten in the Borough of Brooklyn…and the cause is Harley Quinn. In just eight issues, writers Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti and artist Chris Hardin has rocketed the Joker’s former henchwoman to the top of the sales list and brings hilarity with every issue. But now, gore and vaudeville will just not do alone! It’s time for something…scatological. And with the assassins (mostly) dealt with, it’s time for Harley to have a relaxing break with her tenants, catch up with her roller derby team, and attack the DC offices with dog poop.

No, I’m not kidding.It’s nice to see Harley cut loose and just interact with people without the threat of assassins coming to get her. She still manages to find/cause trouble wherever she goes.  A trip to the pawn shop (to fence loot stolen during her rampage with Sy-borg) shows her more noble side…and what happens when you lie to her. Her roller derby match also shows what happens when you both piss her off AND require her to see a dentist. But above all, its her Scat-A-Pult, created by tenant/assistant Big Tony to get rid of the massive amount of dog excrement due to the amount of dogs she has, that brings the laughs. One of the biggest laughs comes courtesy of DC editorial, who Conner and Palmiotti poke fun at before Harley Quinn’s poop cannon makes

harley quinn attacks the dc officesan incredibly lucky shot from all the way in Coney Island to Midtown Manhattan.

The writing duo continue to have Harley down pat and to provide a lot of laughs and surprising moments. Plot wise, this issue is a bit weaker than past issues as it’s a “breather” issue allowing them to tie up loose ends from the previous arc. However, the gags (and gross outs) come a mile a minute, which is perfectly suited for the Clown Princess Of Crime. They also tease a new headache for Harley; she might need a restraining order… and a big hammer. Hardin’s art once again perfectly suits the cartoonish world Harley lives in. The characters’ expressions when dealing with the Scat-A-Pult is hilarious and varied, as is the girls at the Roller Derby when Harley enacts revenge for being attacked. Harley herself looks amazing as always, this time with the addition of a general’s uniform as she wages war on Brooklyn. Her face contorts, stretches, and grins in a way Bugs Bunny would be proud of. Sinclair’s colors perfectly match this cartoon corner of the DC Universe, with everything being bright and shiny, even when dealing with a psychopath like Harley. While this isn’t the best issue of the run so far, Harley Quinn #8 is still a great read and a laugh riot from cover to cover. Now if you excuse me, I must assist in the clean up efforts…

FINAL SCORE: 8.6 out of 10

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