Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Harley Quinn Invades Comic Con International: San Diego #1 (2014) Review

I Want My Hurl Gurl

Written by: Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti
Art by: Paul Pope, Javier Garron, Damion Scott, Robert Campanella, Amanda Conner, John Timms, Marco Failla,
   Dave Johnson and Stephanie Roux
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: July 16, 2014

What could be more fun than going to Comic-Con International?  Going there with Harley Quinn, of course.  Yep. Harley has trekked across the country and has arrived just in time for SDCC, but she's not there just to buy comics and see the stars.  Nope, she's brought her portfolio and she's ready to make that comic book creator money.  You know, the big bucks like Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti make.

I've never been to Comic-Con International, but when I do go, remind me not to take Harley.  She may be "invading" SDCC, but she spends more time being thrown out of it than anything else.  She does know how to have a good time, though.  Between seeing stars of stage and screen and getting it on with at least 50 Joker cosplayers, she is trying to get DC Comics to publish her comic book, Hurl Gurl.  Basically, this issue is Harley being Harley and that's good enough for me.

Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti have been killing it with Harley and this issue continues the good times.  There is always the danger with this sort of issue (and humor) of trying too hard and overdoing it.  Not here.  The jokes are spot on and just enough "insidery" to make the reader feel like they're behind the curtain.  Plus, who doesn't like watching people make fun of their bosses?  My favorite part was Jim Lee taking his good old time checking out Harley's portfolio.  Hilarious.

There are a ton of artists on this issue and I usually hate that sort of thing.  Maybe it was the goofy premise or Harley #0 having a similar deal, but it didn't bother me much at all.  Yes, some of the art was better than others, but overall, each artist did a good job giving the reader their version of Harley.  Also a shout out to all of them for the various background gags throughout the issue.

Bits and Pieces:

Anyone picking this issue up knows what they are in for...Harley being Harley in San Diego.  It's hilarious from cover-to-cover and is just a blast to read.  Harley will never be confused for "high brow", but isn't that why she's so popular?  It's fun to just kick back and laugh out loud and that's what you'll do when reading this one-shot.  Highly Recommended.


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