FROM THE PUBLISHER: The final trials of Harley Quinn have begun…and the stakes have never been higher! Will Harley succeed in becoming the Angel of Retribution? Or will she fall short, only to suffer the same fate as all those before her?
Plus, a mysterious new comic by M. Clatterbuck appears...in which Lex Luthor makes Harley an exciting offer!
Okay so, I was pretty happy with the last couple of Harley books by Sam Humphries. They were entertaining and well written, the previous one ended with a shocking moment too. It was dark but strong, it hit the note it was supposed to. I wasn’t entirely sure what would follow that ending.
I’m cool with the way the book starts, it’s a fun few pages that have nothing to do with Harley. Instead, it introduces Death as a character. Yes, Death himself. I’ll get to that though. After that it picks up directly where the last book left off, the cancer treatment for Harley’s mother isn’t going well at all unfortunately. Harley actually takes the news worse than her mother who tries to stay upbeat about the situation. It’s an interesting dynamic and keeps Harley human which is something Humphries does really well. I’m cool with all of this stuff so far.
Then....Harley ends up in an abandoned video store and the story just goes off the rails for me. She just talks to herself or the reader, I’m not sure which, saying somewhat random things. Death also shows up and gives me serious Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey vibes, that’s not a good thing by the way. There’s also some other bits that didn’t work for me but spoilers aren’t fun. Before you know it though, the issue is ending with another punch to the stomach in the final pages.
So essentially, I like the opening pages and I’m okay with the final pages. The rest of it? No. It didn’t work for me. I think this issue was a step back in terms of quality as we move toward the arc’s grand finale and Harley’s final trial. The concept of what happens in this issue isn’t bad but the execution wasn’t for me. I enjoyed the medieval story stuff so I’m not against ridiculous unreal types of stories with the character. This one just pushed the wrong buttons for me.
Otto Schmidt continues the art duties and makes everything look wonderful. I just love the way he draws Harley, she looks the way her personality would if that makes sense. His Death is neat too, he isn’t scary looking but he’s not “cute” either. The Coney Champion is a thing of beauty though.
It’s just such a mixed bag of good and bad stuff here in #63, it’s kinda hard for me to even rate this one because parts of the book are important to the overall story arc but I’d rather have just skipped it. I know it sounds harsh but after the good quality of the last issues I found this one a little jarring. Anyway...if I had to choose...
One of my earliest memories is watching Tim Burton’s Batman and absolutely loving it. I was instantly hooked on anything Batman and later other comic related stuff too especially the X-Men. As a kid, I was already trying to fancast my own X-Men film. Y'know...now that l think about it, not much has really changed.