Review: Harley Quinn #20
Like Los Angeles didn’t have enough problems with DC Comics moving in, now Harley Quinn is determined to take over Tinseltown! She’s an overnight entertainment sensation, but will the industry survive Harley’s fifteen minutes of fame?
For those who have seen my reviews of past issues of Harley Quinn, or comics that feature her in a main role, will know I’m not really into the character a whole lot. I tend to not find the comics funny, it’s just not my type of humor. So, that should mean a lot when I saw, I was seriously entertained by the comic.
Written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner, the comic takes Harley cross-country with scenes playing off of her recent road trip special. That starts it all off, and had me smirking, as it’s a self-reference in a way I find funny. The whole story has her tracking down a kidnap victim in Hollywood, and of course things go off the rails. The jokes at times come out of nowhere and feel random and absurd. It’s the humor I enjoy. The difference to me is much less reliance on gutter humor and jokes that aim for the lowest common denominator. Humor I don’t enjoy as much as I’ve gotten older.
The art by John Timms is fantastic. He captures that zany events really well and add in the coloring, it all comes together in a visual feast. I really like Timms’ style which I’m not quite sure how to describe it really. It almost feels like a blending of traditional superhero styles and more of a cartoon style too. Whatever, it works really well.
I haven’t been a fan of the issue I’ve previously read, but I really enjoy this one. Here’s hoping this is more of what I should expect so I can keep on digging it. A solid issue that dials some over the top things down, but leaves just enough to keep us on our toes.
Story: Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Conner Art: John Timms
Story: 8 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Read
DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review