Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Harley Quinn #9 Review

Written by: Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti
Art by: John Timms
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: August 13, 2014

Private Dancer

This issue of Harley Quinn continues giving us a peek at the daily life of a gal from Brooklyn.  Sure, she doesn't exactly have a "normal" life, but isn't that why we love her?  This issue in particular is just a madcap romp that may not push the book forward story wise, but has great character moments, is hilarious and is really sexy.  In other words, it's just another fun issue of Harley Quinn. That's fine with me.

Conner and Palmiotti throw so much at the reader this issue and I'm glad to say, everything works.  Harley gets a second chance at the apartment burlesque show and does a great job...of starting a riot.  It's so funny to see how much she gets into her role.  The scene also has some nice ribbing at the expense of hipsters. They deserve it.

That directly leads into a meta scene with Harley being kidnapped by her biggest fan.  They guy does more than just collect comics and he's really sensitive when it comes to Harley.  This scene is not just funny, it actually shows Harley's huge heart.  Of course she's still crazy and doesn't let the reader forget it.

The issue ends with Harley and Sy Borg (yea!) heading off to Skate Club.  Last issue we learned the first rule of Skate Club, but this week it looks like the second rule is "bring everyone you know" because it is wall-to-wall people.  I can't wait to see what happens next.

Like I said, this issue is a day in the life of Harley and it's pure fun.  There isn't much of an overall story, but I don't mind.  It's fun being a fly on the wall in her crazy World.

John Timms is an art this issue and he does a really good job.  The character work was strong and there were a bunch of standout scenes.  My favorite is the kidnapper's room.  It's a great mix of creepy and fun.

Bits and Pieces:

Harley Quinn #9 is pure fun.  Harley is far from a typical girl so it's no surprise how crazy her life can get.  Conner and Palmiotti show us and also remind us that Harley has a huge heart as well as a big hammer.  I really enjoy this book and am glad I only have to wait two weeks for the next issue.  Recommended.


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