I’m torn on Harley Quinn. She’s very much like Will Ferrell from the early 2000’s; in a leading roll almost unbearable, but taken in small doses quite a bit of fun. Needless to say, when I started reading the comics DC were putting out post-Rebirth for Graphic Policy’s Rebirth Review, Harley Quinn was the one I looked forward to the least.
The first issue was only slightly better than I expected and were it not for the previously mentioned feature I probably would have stopped reading there and then. By the end of the first arc, I no longer wanted to have my nose hairs waxed instead of reading the series – indeed, it is fair to say that over the course of the first four issue Harley an her gang of reprobates grew on me in much the same way a mushroom grows in the woods. It’s a fungus, yeah, but not an unpleasant one.
Which brings us to Harley Quin #5.
This is going to be a comic that you either like or don’t, and you’re going to know pretty early on whether that’s going to be the case. The story centers around Harley’s desire to form a punk band for some reason or another (I won’t tell you, because of spoilers, but it’s a comically stupid reason). The motivation for this is both completely stupid, and yet entirely within keeping of the style of the comic – and here’s my problem with the issue.
It dances between being utterly eye bleachingly absurd, to just absurd enough to be enjoyable, such as the surprisingly normal Deadpool parody Red Tool infiltrating a yacht. The scene is just the right blend of entertainingly ridiculousness that the series is good at only to have a conclusion that belongs in a Looney Toons cartoon. It’s one of those scenes that perfectly illustrates the style of the comic; if you like it, then you’re going to be in luck, but if you don’t…
Look, it’s pretty clear that Harley Quinn #5 isn’t my cup of tea, but if you’ve enjoyed the series so far then you’ll probably like this one quite a bit. Me? Not so much.
Story: Amanda Connor & Jimmy Palmiotti Artist: John Timms
Story: 6 Art: 7.25 Overall: 6.25 Recommendation: Pass
DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.