Review: Harley Quinn and Power Girl #1

HQ_PG_1_54fdf10fdccef6.56023328Hey, remember the panel gutter between panels 3 and 4 of page 20 of Harley Quinn #12? What? You DON’T? It’s only, like, the most memorable panel gutter of the twenty-first century. Well, either way, DC has the miniseries for you, in which the full tale of that momentous and momentary pause can be told!

It’s a cosmic adventure beyond your wildest imaginings: Power Girl and Harley Quinn, stranded in a forgotten dimension, on the homeworld of the amorous warlord Vartox! They’ll sacrifice anything they have to in order to get home…except their dignity! Kidding! That’ll be the first thing to go.

Not all comics are for all people, and this comic is definitely not for me. Generally, I’ve grown past boob and puke jokes, unless they’re really original and creative. Here though, it’s pretty low brow as we see Harley Quinn and Power Girl whisked away to a strange world, trying to figure out how to get back home. Potentially that could be a lot of fun, especially with a roller-coaster whirlwind delivery. Instead, there’s a set of scenes, and we’re just taken from one to another in a somewhat stilted way. It’s a series of scenes and events, instead of a interlocking narrative.

The jokes as I said before are just not for me. They’re mostly boobs, guns, and puke jokes, and while these could be done in a brilliant satirical way lampooning and making a joke about what’s come before, instead it just comes off as easy kids jokes.

The art is pretty decent, with each of the characters looking very distinct, and generally is what I’d expect from DC Comics. Much like the story, the art too feels a bit like remnant of the New 52.

Harley Quinn generally is not my cup of tea, and teaming her up with Power Girl, all I get is at least a character to verbally say what I’m thinking… Quinn is annoying in when amped up in a Deadpool sort of way.

There’s potential to do something I might like here, taking jabs at tropes. And while that might be what Gray, Palmiotti, and Conner are attempting, it just doesn’t quite come off that way to me. Might be for you, but not I.

Story: Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Conner Art: Stephane Roux
Story: 4 Art: 7 Overall: 4.5 Recommendation: Pass

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review