Review: Harley Quinn Black + White + Red #3
Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red #3 keeps an impressive streak going of a digital series in both its quality and ability to deliver a different experience with each issue. Part of the DC Digital First program of original digital comics, the series is an anthology with each issue seeing a different creative team. That has resulted in three stories all featuring the same character but each different in tone and depiction. It emphasizes the ability of the character to be presented in so many ways and also how much a creator’s vision influences that.
Saladin Ahmed handles the writing duties for Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red #3. The story revolves around three goons sent to steal Joker gas from Harley Quinn. Each tells their version of how the caper went, each with wildly different takes but all with similar themes. The chapter feels almost like a meta commentary on the concept of Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red as a whole.
With three stories, we get multiple depictions of Harley in increasingly bizarre takes. Each gets wilder than the last and the art shifts with each as well. In three chapters of the digital series, we have far more than three takes on the character.
That different take is helped by Javier Rodriguez who handles pencils, inks, and colors. Clayton Cowles provides the lettering. The depictions of Harley and the theft varies with each telling and by the end, the depictions vary greatly. But, even with the different design there’s a similarity about it all in visuals. It’s really interesting and much like the digital series as a whole, it’s the same but different.
Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red #3 has a Batman: The Animated Series vibe about it all and the much-beloved “Almost Got ‘Im” episode. That too featured villains telling stories revolving around Batman. In this case, it’s low level thieves doing the same about Harley. The art style too gives it a whiff of the series and episode.
Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red #3 helps cement this as a digital series that’s a must get with each chapter delivering something new in self-contained stories. DC seems to really have nailed down a strategy for the digital releases and Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red is a crown jewel and perfect example of the publisher’s future.
Story: Saladin Ahmed Art: Javier Rodriguez Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy