Review: Harley Quinn Black + White + Red Chapter Four: “Who Diss?”
Fridays can be looked forward to for more than the weekend, it’s also new chapters of Harley Quinn Black + White + Red. The DC Digital First series has stood out in the program as each chapter so far has stood on its own and none are alike. Each creative team, or single creator, really brings their voice and talent delivering their take on the modern classic character. Harley Quinn Black + White + Red Chapter Four is no exception.
Harley Quinn Black + White + Red Chapter Four: “Who Diss?” has Harley entering a rap battle to get “the Joker Tape,” a mythical cassette featuring the Joker rapping. It’s a completely insane and out there take on the character and story and completely works. The chapter understands these are one and done stories and you can go out and just have fun with it. And the story is a lot of fun.
Writer Tim Seeley shows off his humor, and his rhymes, in a comic that is just too bizarre to describe. It’s a rap battle, that’s it, there’s not much more to it. And with that simple premise, Seeley makes sure to focus on the rhyme and the lyrics delivering some sick verses and beats that cut. It works and works well in that comic you can just read and enjoy. It’s silly fun.
Seeley’s concept works primarily due to Juan Ferrerya‘s art and Steve Wands‘ lettering. The art is delivered in interesting panels and angles as the lyrics are dropped back and forth. It delivers “action” to a concept that doesn’t have a lot of it. But, there’s something to the flow as well. The angle of the panels and stances of the characters help emphasize the rhythmic nature of it all. The lettering does that as well with key words emphasized and an attempt to bring the musical aspect of it all to the page. This is a story that really relies on the art to really deliver “the flow.”
Harley Quinn Black + White + Red Chapter Four is a crazy chapter that just works. It’s a goofy concept that is one you can pick up and just enjoy. There’s a cuteness and humor to it all, especially seeing the embarrassment that Ivy feels being a part of it all. The team really delivers both in the lyrics, and some subtle jokes, as well as art that delivers the “battle” aspect of the rap. Another excellent chapter showing off how much you can do with Harley Quinn and also when you let your creators have fun.
Story: Tim Seeley Art: Juan Ferrerya Letterer: Steve Wands
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy