Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Harley Quinn #7 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti
Art By: Chad Hardin
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: June 18, 2014

Nocturnal Ambition

Last time we checked in on our favorite Loony Tune psychopath, she was teamed up with a geriatric cyborg still holding a grudge against his enemies from the Cold War.  So the two team up and have a all night massacre taking out all the Russian relics of Syborg's past.  After the blood soaked romp the two part ways and Harley comes home to her best gal pal Poison Ivy, who has figured out who put the hit out on Harley's life.  Let's take a trip to Coney Island and see what kind of trouble these two can get in as they hunt down the person who put a target on the back of our dear sweet Harley.

Explain It!:

Our story begins with Harley and Ivy soaking up some sun at the beach, when they begin toying with the minds and bodies of a pair of rejects from Muscle Beach.  Just a nice day of sun, sand, and sacks tightly stuffed in speedos.  

When the two head back to Harley's, Ivy tells us that whoever put the hit out on her has been updating the...... Hit Man Craigslist?  Updating whatever site through Harley's computer.  So Ivy figures that she'll hide in the closet while Harley's asleep to catch whoever has been using Harley's computer against her.  Well it figures, nut job Harley's been putting hits out on herself in her sleep, to get all the scum bum assassins out there to come to her so she can eliminate the competition.  Mystery solved, but before Ivy can stop her from sleep typing, Harley raises the reward for her head to three million dollars.  Things just keep getting worse in this issue because two assassins break there way in to collect on Harley.  Ivy has her hands full at first, but when Harley finally awakens from her suicidal slumber, she evens the odds and takes care of the assassins.  This part is really funny so I'll talk in a little detail about it.  Harley threw the last assassin out the window and she fell onto a razor wire fence.  Now Harley and Ivy look out the window and make bets about which side of the fence the dead killer will land on.  Well it turns out they both won.  Ewwww.

After the excitement is over Big Tony busts in the door to save the day with shotgun in tow.  Harley sees the gun and for some reason becomes enamored with it and decides she wants to play with the firearm.  This is all a set up of course for the two dimensional jump scare where one of the dead assassin's phone starts ringing, scares Harley, who in turn shoots the dead body with the shotgun blowing it apart.  Again, ewwwwwww.  Luckily she didn't destroy the cell phone because the trio use it to find out that the Brooklyn Assassins Guild, or B.A.G. for short is meeting up the next day.  So our unlikely heroes decide to show up to that meeting to take out all the threats at one time.

In the end Ivy uses her plant powers to string up all the assassins, and Harley tells them that she's the one putting the hit out on herself, and there is no reward money waiting after she's gone.  She makes it clear that either they drop this hit or she'll go after the ones that matter to them like family and such.  So everyone but one hard ass goes for the agreement, and Big Tony shows that size doesn't matter when it comes to badass when he shoots that assassin dead.  The three leave and decide that for a job well done they all deserve to go shoe shopping.  Yeah shoe shopping.  That's it for this week's Harley Quinn, make sure you're back in thirty so we can see if this book will find a direction other than dead assassin after dead assassin.

Bits and Pieces:

While I continue to enjoy the cartoony slap stick exploits of Harley Quinn, I'm really just wanting a purpose for the character to be where she is.  I know this is her new start and we're experiencing her trying to make it in a world away from Gotham, but we seem to be just going through the motions, and not getting anywhere.  I don't know if that makes sense, I just think I need more out of this book.  A lot of people are comparing this series to Marvel's Deadpool which I also enjoy but something about this series seems to be lacking in regard to that kind of comparison.  Maybe Harley Quinn just needs a little more time to find it's place, and I'll continue to keep reading to see if it does, because like I said in the beginning it is fun, and I guess if that's all you're looking for this is the perfect escape for you.


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