FROM THE PUBLISHER: Harley is trapped in S.T.A.R. Labs with no escape! Abandoned and alone, the former Clown Princess of Crime must face down a horde of invading interdimensional aliens…but is she locked in there with them—or are they locked in there with her?
Allow me to start out by saying that I’m not a gigantic Harley Quinn fan, I don’t dislike the character but I also don’t share the unconditional love that a lot of people seem to. I really enjoyed her in B:TAS of course and have liked some other versions of her too but I’ve always felt she could be used better. The character has actually come a long way though and having her own book for this long just shows the basic appeal of the character does work. I thought I’d give the book a read and see if maybe I’d fall in love with the character the way everyone else seems to have. Well...
This issue takes place during the current story arc the “Trials of Harley Quinn”. The book features a fun story that quickly becomes confusing if you aren’t familiar with the previous issues or the ongoing story. I would say that is its biggest problem. I wouldn’t recommend just dropping into this book, you’ll need to read Harley #57 and on first or at least Google some cliff-notes. But, we’ll get back to that later. What’s this issue about?
Harley breaks into S.T.A.R. Labs for a reason you wouldn’t expect and then is met with a horde of aliens that look a lot like the monsters from the Trench. She almost immediately ends up trapped and things just keep taking interesting turns from there. So, you’ve got Harley Quinn vs a vicious group of aliens. There’s a nice mix of humor and action on display in this issue, Harley’s bright and bubbly as ever. There’s some nice surprises that are sure to please too. The writer, Sam Humphries, seems to really grasp what I’m going to coin as “Harley Speak”. When you read her lines, it’s so easy to hear Arleen Sorkin or Margot Robbie in your head. The art is also very pretty to look at, Sami Basri does a fine job drawing this book. The titular character looks great as do the aliens. I have zero complaints there.
With all the praise out of the way, of course this part of the review was coming, it’s time to speak on the negatives. As I mentioned earlier, you will be very lost as the issue goes on if you aren’t following along monthly. But also, the ending itself seems very rushed. Most of the issue is spent allowing Harley to essentially monologue her way through fighting aliens and so when you get to the ending...it’s basically run out of steam and it loses points from me for that. I feel like there could’ve been a better balance there. It doesn’t make the book terrible or unreadable though.
It really seems like DC wants Harley to be their answer to Deadpool and y’know what? I’m okay with that right now. #60 is a fast paced fun entry to the Trials of Harley Quinn story. It won’t win any awards or anything but you’ll be entertained.