Review: Harley Quinn #25

Harley Quinn #25 CoverAt long last, it’s Harley Quinn and The Joker, face-to-face! The life of Harley’s new love, Mason Macabre, is in the Joker’s hands…but can he or Harley survive another round of The Joker’s twisted mind games?

I have made it quite clear in past reviews (and generally when I talk about the character and series) I’m not really a Harley Quinn fan. I loved the character during her animated days, but since she became drawn in what feels like everywhere, the character’s presence has been a bit grating for me. But, every so often I read the series when it’s put in front of me, usually not enjoying.

Written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner, Harley Quinn #25 has Harley breaking out her new love interest Mason. It’s been a bit since I read a comic of hers, so I really had no idea who Mason was or why he was in jail, but that’s not really the point of the comic.

Instead, you can call this the Harley empowerment issue. No matter what she’s done, lets face the fact she’s in the shadow of her old boyfriend the Joker. That’s loomed over her relationships whether it’s Mason or Ivy. And that’s explored a lot here, especially the flirtatious relationship with Ivy.

But, it’s the Joker that’s the focus really as the issue has a huge confrontation between the two where Harley lets a lot of her frustrations out. This is the big confrontation between the two and miss gets independent. That’s fantastic to see, but also really strange since the comic still has its comical style.

Part of that style is due to the art of Chad Hardin. The comic has a serious tone I think in the writing, but the art continues the comedic look of previous issues. It’s a weird mix. I’m not the biggest fan of Hardin’s work to begin with, so the combo is a bit of a turn-off for me. This is an example where the writing and the art work against each other.

Still, this is the first Harley Quinn comic I found myself enjoying in a real long time. I just wish the art matched the story a bit more, it’d be one hell of a comic if that were the case.

Story: Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Conner Art: Chad Hardin
Story: 7.7 Art: 6.8 Overall: 7.3 Recommendation: Read

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