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Review: Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red #15

Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red #15

“Happy Thanksquinning”! It’s a holiday treat as Harley Quinn returns to DC Digital Firsts with Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red #15. The issue kicks off a new round of digital comics, all with a holiday theme. While Thanksgiving has come and gone, the issue left me longing for Turkey and pie… I guess puddin really.

Written by Sam Humphries, it’s Thanksgiving at Arkham Asylum. Harley and a group of inmates are brought together to celebrate the holiday and recount what they’re thankful for. Of course, there’s a riot and breakout giving Harley an excuse to escape and enjoy the season on the outside.

Humphries nails the tone of the issue. It features a style and voice that would fit perfectly into Batman: The Animated Series. The digital chapter feels like an adaptation of an episode. Like so many episodes it mixes humor and action and a bit of fun. But, most importantly Humphries nails the heart. In an issue without Batman, the story is focused on Harley and her actions and Humphries makes us care for the sometimes criminal.

Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red #15 delivers the “awe” as Harley isn’t greeted with open arms by the public when she gets to the outside. It’s a rejection many of us can feel and have felt, especially this year, as we’re forced to make different plans for our holiday season and Thanksgiving. Where we might have spent it with family in the past, this year had many spending it alone or with new “family” unable to travel. There’s a lot we can relate to in that. And Humphries kicking things off with a lot of humor adds to the emotional punch of the latter part of the issue.

Stephen Byrne delivers the art with Troy Peteri on lettering. The art too is reminiscent of Batman: The Animated Series. Combined with the story itself the issue has a “classic” feel to it. The art style breaks in some ways taking advantage of eagle-eyed views of Harley preparing for her escape during the riot chaos. There’s also a great use of the images by peppering in visual jokes throughout. Peteri helps as well giving many of the characters a “unique voice” through the lettering. The trio of creators together really evokes some nostalgia in a good way.

Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red #15 is a welcome return of the digital comic series. To be able to get new chapters is a nice surprise and each looks to have a nice holiday theme to them. If this is an indication as to what’s to come, it’s a bright holiday season for Harley and our entertainment.

Story: Sam Humphries Art: Stephen Byrne Letterer: Troy Peteri
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

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ComiXology Delivers 4 New Releases including New Challenge of the Super Sons and new Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red!

ComiXology has you covered to start this Monday with four new releases including two new DC Digital Firsts! Go get them now or check out the individual issues below.

Challenge of the Super Sons (2020-) #2

Written by Peter J. Tomasi
Pencils Max Raynor
Inks Max Raynor
Colored by Luis Guerrero
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Wait a minute…weren’t the Super Sons just here? In OUR time? Blink and you missed Robin and Superboy’s mysterious trek to the outskirts of time, where the development of the deadly DOOM SCROLL spells disaster for these dudes! What did the boys learn when they were whisked away? Why on earth do they have to save THE FLASH from instant death?! Tune in for the next chapter in the most epic odyssey Robin and Superboy have ever been on!

Challenge of the Super Sons (2020-) #2

Harley Quinn Black + White + Red (2020-) #15

Written by Sam Humphries
Pencils Stephen Byrne
Inks Stephen Byrne
Colored by Stephen Byrne
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“Happy Thanksquinning”
Thanksgiving at Arkham Asylum is nothing to be thankful for – but a massive riot and breakout? As far as Harley is concerned, THAT’S the reason for the season!

Harley Quinn Black + White + Red (2020-) #15

A Kiss For Mr. Scrooge

Written by Lucy Gordon
Art by Masako Ogimaru
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Dawn, a veterinarian, always tries to keep busy when Christmas comes around. If she doesn’t, she’ll remember the terrible breakup she experienced eight years earlier. When she learns that a new owner has moved into the largest mansion in town, she’s ecstatic. Now she’ll be able to secure an event space for the party she’s throwing for the less fortunate. However, she freezes when she sees the mansion’s new owner. It’s Ben, the millionaire who abandoned her! And he’s changed so much that he seems like a different man…

A Kiss For Mr. Scrooge

Thief Of Hearts

Written by Natalie Fox
Art by Rieko Hamada
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Angel is astonished by a chance meeting at a lakeside hotel. What is Hugo, the con artist who stole her cousin’s heart and money, doing in a place like this? Angel follows him in her car but is soon stranded by a storm at his manor. She is flustered, but he kisses her and asks if she’s come to seduce him. Angel has always been a good girl, but she finds herself quickly changing under the spell of this sexy, cunning man!

Thief Of Hearts

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A Holiday Treat? More Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red to Come this Week!?

Unless I missed an announcement somewhere it looks like we’re getting more Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red if DC Comicswebsite and comixology are to be believed. Originally announced as a 14 issue digital series, Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red will return with Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red #15 on December 21!

Running for four more chapters, the quartet all seem to have a theme of the holidays with a new round of creators. One focuses on Thanksgiving, another Christmas, another Hanukkah, and the last is New Years’. You can check out all of the listings below!

Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red was a DC Digital First release showing off where the publisher’s focus might be going in the future. The anthology series featured a new writer and artist for each issue as they put their own spin on the popular character. It’s one of the best digital releases of the year. A surprise release, the fourteen issues were released starting in June 2020 and ran through September 2020.

Check out what we might be getting soon! We’ve reached out to DC for comment about the releases.

Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red (2020-) #15

Written by Sam Humphries
Pencils Stephen Byrne
Inks Stephen Byrne
Colored by Stephen Byrne
Digital Release Date December 21 2020

“Happy Thanksquinning”
Thanksgiving at Arkham Asylum is nothing to be thankful for – but a massive riot and breakout? As far as Harley is concerned, THAT’S the reason for the season!

Harley Quinn Black + White + Red (2020-) #15

Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red (2020-) #16

Written by Frank Tieri
Pencils Tom Fowler
Inks Tom Fowler
Digital Release Date December 22 2020

“’Twas The Night Before Quinn-mas”
Harley thought she was doing a good deed by busting up the ring of crooks that stole all of Coney Island’s Christmas presents – but when her Gang gets a little overzealous and the gifts all wind up roasting in an open fire, the task of replacing every single one lands in her distinctly un-Santa-like lap!

Harley Quinn Black + White + Red (2020-) #16

Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red (2020-) #17

Written by David Mandel
Pencils Adam Hughes
Digital Release Date December 23 2020

“Title TK”
Harley learns the true meaning of Hannukah in a tale by TV legend David Mandel (VEEP) and art superstar Adam Hughes!

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Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red (2020-) #18

Written by Paul Dini
Pencils Kevin Altieri
Digital Release Date December 31 2020

“Harley’s Seven”
Las Vegas loves to ring in the New Year with an epic fight – unfortunately for Catwoman, the gamesmaster Roulette has decided that the title card will put her up against the deadly Cheetah, VERY much against her will! It’s down to Harley and the strangest gang of criminals ever assembled to break Selina out and bust up Roulette’s winning hand!

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Review: Dark Nights: Metal Infinite Hour Exxxtreme!

Dark Nights: Death Metal Infinite Hour Exxxtreme!

Dark Nights: Death Metal has been a mixed bag of an event. Often, the one-shot tie-ins have been better than the main series. They’ve also been vital to the main story. The one-shots have filled in gaps fleshing out key moments not taking place in the main series but referenced there. Dark Nights: Death Metal Infinite Hour Exxxtreme! is Lobo’s mission in the event. Hired by Lex Luthor, Lobo is tasked with obtaining Death Metal which can remake the universe. Made up of a trio of stories, Dark Nights: Death Metal Infinite Hour Exxxtreme! is a flimsy one-shot. In the end, it’s a comic that’s neither exciting, interesting, or funny.

Frank Tieri kicks off the first story “Part I: The Batman Who Frags“. In a drawn out sequence, Lobo bounces between trying to drink, capture a bounty, and also tangles with the Lobo version of Batman, The Batman Who Frags. Tieri is joined by artist Tyler Kirkham, colorist Arif Prinato, and letterer Dave Sharpe. As has hampered some of Dark Nights: Death Metal, the story feels like it’s more focused on introducing the Lobo Batman than actually getting the story going. With a distraction of a bounty to bring in, some fights and events that are a bit choppy, the kick-off never quite makes sense in its narrative. Why did The Batman Who Frags show up? How did he find Lobo? It’s a segment that kicks off a series of events rather than a flowing narrative.

The second part by Becky Cloonan, artist Rags Morales, colorist Andrew Dalhouse, and letterer Rob Leigh is titled “What the Frag is a Death Metal Anyway!?“. Blackhawk Island and Hawkman are at the center as Lobo tracks down the Death Metal. Again, the story devolves into a series of events than narrative as Lobo must tussle with Black Monday and then convince Hawkman to turn over the metal. An attack from the air by The Batman Who Frags feels out of the blue and not explained enough as much of what happens. It, just happens. Why would Hawkman trust Lobo? Why wouldn’t Hawkman use the power of the Death Metal himself? There are so many questions out there that just kills the narrative if one takes a moment to think about it at all.

Wrapping up the trio of stories is “Lobo Land!” from writer Sam Humphries, artist Denys Cowan, inks by Bill Sienkiewicz, colorist Chris Sotomayor, and letterer Dave Sharpe. With the Death Metal in hand Lobo does what he does best and gets distracted. Again, it adds little to the narrative and again opens up questions. Lex Luthor was able to snatch Lobo initially but doesn’t once he has the metal?

Instead, Brainiac is part of the story sent by a missing Luthor. It’s a series of jokes as Lobo changes realities creating different versions of himself in a series of one-page jokes. They’re not even long enough to nail down the joke with barely a setup. It also adds little to the story and feels more of an exit that’s created because there were pages to fill and unsure of a way to wrap up the issue for Dark Nights: Death Metal #5. What the team does evoke is classic Lobo stories and the kinetic, almost Mad Magazine-like rapid-fire jokes.

Dark Nights: Death Metal Infinite Hour Exxxtreme! is just an ok tie-in. Yes, it probably tells something important that won’t be covered in the main series but it also doesn’t feature enough to stand out. It feels like something that probably could have been told in a few pages stretched out to over 30. Most of it is filler with the meat of the story featuring little explanation and a resolution that takes place in a few panels. It’s about as filler as filler gets.

Story: Frank Tieri, Becky Cloonan, Sam Humphries Art: Tyler Kirkham, Rags Morales, Denys Cowan
Ink: Bill Sienkiewicz Color: Arif Prianto, Andrew Dalhouse, Chris Sotomayor Letterer: Dave Sharpe, Rob Leigh
Story: 5.0 Art: 7.5 Overall: 5.0 Recommendation: Pass

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Preview: Dark Nights: Death Metal Infinite Hour Exxxtreme #1

Dark Nights: Death Metal Infinite Hour Exxxtreme #1

Written by: Sam Humphries, Becky Cloonan, Frank Tieri
Art by: Denys Cowan, Tyler Kirkham, Rags Morales

Pull up a chair, ya bastiches-it’s time for Uncle Lobo’s Infinite Hour! It’s your chance to let the Main Man Lobo-tomize you with familiar yet freaky stories of the DC Universe, exactly as he remembers them: with blood and guts and exxxtreme gratuitous violence! Tell yer comics guy to put you down for alllll the copies!

Dark Nights: Death Metal Infinite Hour Exxxtreme #1

Preview: Harley Quinn #75

Harley Quinn #75

Written by: Sam Humphries
Art by: Ramon Villalobos, Nicola Scott, Sami Basri, Riley Rossmo, Emanuela Lupacchino, NgoziJoe Quinones

At last, it’s the star-studded roast of Harley Quinn! Nothing is off-limits, no topic is out of bounds, and no one-and we mean no one!-will escape unscathed. Harley may be the funniest person in the DC Universe, but how well can she take a joke? Plus, in a backup story illustrated by superstar artist Riley Rossmo tying into “The Joker War,” Harley Quinn faces off against Punchline!

Harley Quinn #75

Preview: Harley Quinn #74

Harley Quinn #74

Written by: Sam Humphries
Art by: Sami Basri

Harley Quinn’s sojourn in L.A. has been full of tragedy and heartbreak, from the death of her friend to uncovering a deep web of moral compromise that’d make even the most sadistic Batman villain’s stomach churn. In the epic finale to our story, Harley will come face to face with the person pulling the strings and learn who’s out to see her fail!

Harley Quinn #74

Preview: Harley Quinn #73

Harley Quinn #73

(W) Sam Humphries (A) Sami Basri (CA) Guillem March
In Shops: Jun 10, 2020
SRP: $3.99

Los Angeles turns on everyone eventually, and now it’s turned on Harley Quinn! As she discovers more about the death of her friend, she decides it’s time to leave town-but the wrestling league she almost considered a family won’t let her go! She’s hit on a big conspiracy-and it just might kill her!

Harley Quinn #73

Preview: Harley Quinn #72

Harley Quinn #72

Written by: Sam Humphries
Art by: ABEL

Some mysteries just don’t want to be solved! As Harley digs deeper into the death of her friend, it becomes clear that there are forces in Los Angeles that don’t want her this close to the truth. Will Harley be broken by the City of Angels, or will she be able to avenge her friend’s death? And will she be able to convince Booster Gold that he is not her crime-fighting partner and never will be?

Harley Quinn #72
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