Saturday, March 7, 2015

Harley Quinn #15 Review

Written by: Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti
Art by: Chad Hardin and John Timms
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: March 4, 2015

Part Time Job/Full Time Dreams

If you have read any of the Harley reviews since I took the book over from Eric, you know that I'm a big fan.  It's just so much fun to watch Harley get into crazy situations each and every issue and the fart jokes and pop culture references don't hurt either.  Of course, no book can last this many issues (two times a month racks them up quickly) by fart jokes alone and when Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti knuckle down and give Harley a story to bounce around in, this book becomes something special.  The recent Powergirl/Harley teamup was one of my favorite arcs in the New 52 so when it ended I was hoping Conniotti (that is a thing, right?) would continue with another story equally good. It's taken a couple of issues of setup, but after this issue, I think we are going to have a winner.  What am I talking about?  Let's see...

Ever since Power Girl took off to the stars, Harley has been conflicted.  She wants to help people (in her own crazy way, of course), but her life is a total mess.  It's understandable since she is juggling so much...roller derby, psychiatrist, landlord, animal lover, part-time all came to a head when she missed her hot date with Mason.  What's a girl to do?  When that girl is Harley Quinn, you know its going to be crazy and hilarious.

Conner and Palmiotti (I've given up on "Conniotti" already) give us a few guest stars this issue. There are the famous (Poison Ivy) and the yet to be famous.  I always love seeing Ivy, but it's the promise of what these other gals mean to the future of the book that has me excited the most.  Ivy suggests that Harley hire a few personal assistants to help her with her "work" and from what little we get here, they are going to be a colorful lot indeed.

New Fav Character
Of course, we also get the usual zaniness and that involves Harley saving people from a burning building, buying a hundred and twenty two birds and some very funny news reports and newspaper headlines.  Best of all, Harley and Mason make up and agree to give their date another try.  I'm not sure how that will work out after seeing where the book is going, but I can't wait to find out.

If you haven't gathered from the words above, I really liked this issue.  I've enjoyed the idea of Harley trying to get her life together and leave it to Conniotti (it's back) to come up with the craziest way for her to do that.  Shona is already my favorite, by the way and I can't wait to see what she does under Harley's "direction".

Chad Hardin and John Timms do a great job on art as usual.  It's not just the lead characters that kick ass (which they do), but all the Easter eggs and the detail in the background.  They do a great job of bringing Harley's world to life in it's over-the-top cartoony goodness.

Bits and Pieces:

This issue gives fans all the in-jokes and crazy situations they can handle while also setting the book up for what should be a fun (and violent) future.  Underneath the over-the-top exterior, Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti continue giving us the story of a misunderstood gal who just wants to do some good.  She may also want to blow things up, throw people out of windows and punch things real hard and it looks like she will have plenty of opportunity for all of the above.  Jump on now if you aren't already on the Conniotti train.


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