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Review: Harley Quinn #16

Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner packed so much girl power into the latest issue of Harley Quinn that it could pass the Bechedel test no problem. Harley Quinn #16 finishes off the alien invader storyline with a bang, well actually something more deadly than a bang. Palmiotti and Conner have our three superheroines serving up some well thought out justice to the shirtless alien who’s been threatening to take over the world for the past few issues. The ladies do this by working together and it is glorious. We also see a bit more of the gentrification vampires in action and it’s scary on a soylent green level, the writers don’t give too much away but they give us just enough of a taste to let us know that it’s not looking too good for NYC homeless population. As an added bonus we get to see more of the future storyline and discover that the desolate city’s number one bat fan is coming after Harley. We got one storyline finished, one in the middle lane, and another that looks exciting as hell on the horizon and I can’t wait to see how this all shakes out.

John Timms and Joseph Michael Lisner (who drops in for a few pages to make some magic in the future story line) serve up some beautiful artwork with such richness and detail that it pulls the readers even further into the amazing story that the writers are telling. There isn’t a line out of place, no cheap trick, just good art that becomes another character in this already rich story.

Overall, I found the story to be emotional, well planned and a great tie-in to the rest of the arc. Many writers would find themselves facing an uphill battle having so many storylines running concurrently in one issue but, ass usual the Palmiotti and Conner team take on this challenge like champs and emerge victorious. There’s bonus points for making Harley and her female squad hella feminist in the process. There’s something truly great about their choice to have other women be the first people that the ladies reach out to when they’re in trouble and there’s  something even greater about the ladies working together to get the job done. I’m also a fan of the small talk and affection that occurs in this issue, there’s some ribbing on Harley from Power Girl but, it’s nothing too harsh and all in good fun. There’s also an acknowledgment that people can change over time and evolve into something new. I loved every panel of this issue and I’m pretty sure that you will too.

Story: Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti Art: John Timms and Joseph Michael Lisner
Story: 9.8 Art: 9.7 Overall: 9.8 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review : Harley Quinn #15

harley-cv15_dsThere’s a “flying” squirrel that draws a line between all five of the equally intriguing stories being told in this killer issue of Harley Quinn. As ridiculous as using a squirrel flying through the air as a plot device to show the interconnectivity of a story might sound, the brilliant Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner make it work in such an effortless way that it never comes off as trite, gimmicky or irrelevant.

Palmiotti and Conner have a lot on their plates for this issue, Harley Quinn #15 has a little something for everyone, no matter which part of the story you were hyped up to get back to that week they have you covered. There are five different storylines going on in this action packed Harley tale and every one was essential to the arc. Palmiotti and Conner show that they are masters of telling a good story because with everything going on, not once does the story feel convoluted. I found myself genuinely excited when I would flipped the page and a new story line was waiting for me.

This issue clues us into part of Harley Sinn’s Arkham release deal as she learns more about her target from a seedy motel. Atlee and Harley split up from a battle with Zorcrom so Atlee can get reinforcements, leaving Harley to keep Zor occupied with a trip to Central Park. The mayor’s plan to fix the homeless solution has started to take shape and claims two new victims. And, if that’s not enough the issue starts off 150 years in the future with Devani prepping for what appears to be a government sanctioned cage match for her Batman sponsored quadrant against Harley.

With so many story lines there’s no wonder they went with three different artists to give us a little bit of change between stories. Khari Evans, John Timms, and Joseph Michael Lisner effectively bring the heat with their lines and drawings while Alex Sinclair kills it with his color work. Even Dave Sharpe‘s lettering is on point! Every single element of the visual portrayal of this story is meticulously thought out and executed making it feel like I was watching my new favorite cartoon and not just flipping through pages.

Amazing graphics, superior story and, character distinctive lettering aside, there were some other things I love about this issue that held just as much weight for me. I applauded, in my head, when Atlee went to get back up and she chose another woman! There’s something to be said about having visions of the final showdown with Zom being spearheaded by three strong, bad ass women! I also love that Harley doesn’t use her body to keep Zorcrom busy, she engages him with her intellect, despite the tight, nearly invisible clothes Harley is no sex object, she’s smart and funny and it’s issues like this that showcase it. It was nice to see her shrinking Zor, it was reminiscent of her days at Arkham when she was Dr. Harley.  I also enjoyed that the female villains have their own agency and motivations, none of which are forced by men. The autonomy that Palmiotti and Conner give their female characters is a breath of fresh air and, I’m here for it. This issue is like well-choreographed concert, it engaged me and left me on the edge of my seat, er couch, and I can’t wait to see what happens next!

Story: Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner
Art: Khari Evans, John Timms and John Michael Lisner Color: Alex Sinclair
Story: 9.5 Art: 9.5 Overall:9.5 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review