Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Harley Quinn #11 Review

Written by: Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti
Art by: Chad Hardin
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: October 22, 2014


I'd love to say that Harley Quinn is a thought provoking book that points out the problems in our society in a way...oh the hell with it, I don't want that at all.  I like this book for what it is, a laugh out loud romp that makes me smile every time I read it.  I'm smiling right now because this issue starts the Harley Quinn/Power Girl teamup that I didn't even know I wanted until today.  Even though it ends up being more setup than fans of this book are probably used to, everything it sets up is hilarious.

The end of the last proper issue ended with a Power Girl meteor shower and Harley is right there to help take advantage of the situation.  She gets a hand from Tony and the newly sprung Mason Macabre and they get "Pee Gee" back to the apartment.  As soon as Harley learns that Power Girl has lost her memory, the gears start turning.  What would be the craziest thing that Harley could try?  Convincing Power Girl that they are a crime fighting duo.  That is the gist of the issue and it's so much fun.

Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner do what they do best, poking fun at everything under the Sun.  Boob Windows? check. Secret Identities? Uh huh.  Warner Brothers Stores?  Oh yea.  The last one was my favorite and the list goes on and on.  If that's not enough, we get a Sandy Koufax reference that may go over some heads, but made my day.

The rest of the issue plays out like a good old 80's montage.  A shopping spree/fashion show and a food court binge eating scene that ends with a shooting.  Luckily, the bullet only hits some cups (he, he) and the issue ends with the new crime fighting duo springing into action.

It's no surprise that I liked this issue.  Harley teaming up with Power Girl is solid gold and Palmiotti and Conner are expert miners. As an added bonus, this issue is a pretty good jumping on point for new readers who want in on the fun.

Chad Hardin's art is good if not a bit inconsistent.  Harley and Power Girl change throughout the issue.  It's not enough to ruin the issue, but it's certainly noticeable.

Bits and Pieces:

If you think that Harley teaming up with Power Girl sounds like fun, you're right.  Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti poke fun at everything while giving readers a damn good buddy book.  I'm looking forward to next issue to see what fun the two get into and what happens when the inevitable crap hits the fan.


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