Saturday, January 25, 2014

Harley Quinn #2 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti
Art By: Chad Hardin, Stephane Roux
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: January 22, 2014


So Harley's luck as been flip flopping lately, yeah she inherited a large property in Coney Island, but she also had a hit put out on her, that's causing every wannabe Deadshot to come out of the woodwork.  So I guess it's a take the bad with the good kind of thing.  Harley also got a job a roller derby girl, and is currently awaiting a call back from a psychiatric hospital where she'll get a chance to put that degree to work, unless they do a background check.  So let's step into the sideways mind of Harley Quinn, and let's see what kind of trouble she can get into this month.

Explain It!:

Since Harley's moved into her new building she's adopted a bad habit, hoarding dead assassins.  So the obvious thing to do is get a refrigerator right?  Oh Harley.  During her hunt for the perfect box to keep her new friends fresh, she stumbles onto a animal rights protest.  Apparently everyone is up in arms about this shelter's policy to put the animals down if they haven't been adopted after thirty days.  Well this obviously pulls at Harley's crazy heart strings, but the shelter also has a policy to not let psychopaths adopt animals.  

Feeling bad about not being able to help those poor animals, Harley needs a pick me up, so she calls her bestie, Ivy for a impromptu girls night out.  We all know that there's not a better time than when Harley and Ivy have a night out on the town.  We all know that right?  So Ivy comes to Coney Island, and listens about Harley's woes on animal euthanasia.  So it's time to break those suckers out.  The only problem is, that instead of hanging around like they did in Pee Wee's Big Adventure, these four legged ingrates take off in different directions.  So Harley goes one way, and Ivy goes the other, and here comes another assassin down a side street.  Harley makes short work of him, by smashing him through the glass window of a meat market, which also solves her animal problem.  Who's a hungry puppy?  

Back at Harley's home Ivy waits patiently for her friend to return, and gets to know Big Tony, and a dog faced boy.  So obviously Ivy's happy to see Harley return, and surprised to find her with a bunch of animals, and a would be assassin in tow.  Once she leads her new friends upstairs though, she realizes that they might be a bit hungry when Bernie, the burnt stuffed beaver that talks to her is instantly mauled.  But most problems are quickly solved as we see Harley throw the assassin into the mix, and the dogs get what they've wanted.  REVENGE ON MAN!  Well maybe just something to eat.  Our two sweethearts decide to sleep on the roof that night, and when Harley awakes in the morning she finds that her friend left her a present before she left.  The whole third floor has been transformed into a lush green wonderland for her and her new pets.  In the end we're left seeing a mysterious man eating jello, and a monologue about Harley being his, and she will make sure all his enemies are eliminated.

Bits and Pieces:

This issue definitely sold me on Harley being the definitive FUN title for the DC Universe.  I had my doubts, but it just oozes a good time.  The writing was completely out there, and I mean that as a good thing, and Chad Hardin's artwork is completely different than anything else I've seen in comics lately, and completely compliments Harley Quinn.  Okay Conner, Palmiotti, and Hardin you've sold me, now keep it up.


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