Review: Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red #2
Harley Quinn is back in a new adventure in Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red #2. This time Mirka Andolfo takes the reigns for writing and art. Andolfo delivers a fun adventure that puts the focus on superhero fashion and social media. Harley Quinn WAS the most stylish villain out there. When Catwoman takes that top spot, Harley wants to show she has the fashion chops.
Andolfo puts together an entertaining second chapter of this DC Digital First series. There’s a lot of subtle jabs at social media, influencers, and the unrealistic outfits female comic characters are force to wear. And the key thing is how subtle it is. Mirka keeps the focus on the fun and humor of it all delivering a chapter that’s full of kinetic energy that feels more akin to an episode focusing on Team Rocket in Pokémon than the previous chapter’s psychological examination.
It’s a cute story overall. Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red #2 features a shift in tone that emphasizes how many different ways you can interpret and portray this character. DC’s decision to go with Andolfo’s chapter after the debut feels deliberate. It’s so far in the other direction in tone and plot that it really is night and day. It also highlights that this is an anthology series that you can pick up and choose which chapter you want based on the creative team. There’s no ongoing thread so far in the series.
Andolfo’s art is fantastic as expected with some stunning couture. There’s a fantastic use of the series’ signature minimalist coloring of black, white, red, with some gray. What really stands out are the page layouts with some impressive and eye-popping panels. The layout of the pages really emphasizes the kinetic and frenetic feel of the story and enhances the flow of the narrative. It’s stunning work.
Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red #2 is a fun second chapter that’s so removed and different than the debut of this series. It highlights that Harley Quinn’s depictions and stories can be so varied. She’s a character like the best of actors that can do drama and comedy with a flip of the switch. It also shows how much each creator brings to the story and drives how we see the character. Fans of Harley Quinn should be happy with this chapter and it’s also a solid standalone story for those who want to discover more about her.
Story: Mirka Andolfo Art: Mirka Andolfo
Story: 8.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.35 Recommendation: Buy