Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Harley Quinn and Power Girl #3 Review

Written by: Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray
Art by: Stephane Roux, Moritat, Elliot Fernandez and Paul Mounts
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: August 19, 2015

Not a Pot to Penis In

I want to like this book, really!  I was one of the loudest supporters of the awesome Harley.Power Girl arc in the normal Harley solo book and said then that DC should put the two in their own teamup book.  Well, I got what I wished for and I hope nobody blames me.  It's not that the book has been bad, it just hasn't been good.  I don't know what happened between Coney Island and the Lustox Moon, but someone forgot to pack the fun.  I can't explain it, but the jokes are there, but in this book, they all seem to fall flat.  Every month I hope that the book elevates itself to the level of it's source material, but I keep walking away disappointed.  Maybe this is the issue that changes everything.  Maybe this is the issue that restores my faith in the potential of this team up.  Maybe...I'll get on with my review.  Yes, yes I will.

\With this issue, we are halfway through this six issue mini and I can't tell you a lot of what happened up until now.  Usually I'd blame that on my severe ADD, but this time I'm blaming it on a comic where nothing has happened.  It was obvious early on that this side story was paper thin in the plot department, but this is getting ridiculous.  Harley and Power Girl trying to find Vartox and get back to Earth has been a dud and unfortunately, this issue doesn't change much.

We get Harley, PG and Groovicus flying off to the Lustox Moon and when they get there, there are numerous suggestive statues of Power Girl.  Of course, sexual jokes go flying, but I can't say I cracked a smile at anything here.  They are joined by Cherub (who was one of the highlights of last issue), but besides an odd toilet joke, he is wasted here.

Speaking of wasted, after a brief space fight, Harley and PG return to their ship and Groovicus is as high as a kite.  Thus begins a section that even Harley thinks is too familiar.  Our three heroes drive through a trippy drug sequence that looked cool (especially for Fear and Loathing fans), but like most everything in this book, doesn't really go anywhere.

They finally meet up with Vartox and he's not himself.  Of course, we don't really know what "being himself" is, but his glowing eyes, bad attitude and the fact that Groovicus tells us he's not himself kind of points in that direction.  Him and Power Girl trade blows, insults and a couple of compliments and the book ends with Power Girl in real trouble.

I was going to use this section to tell you that the usual Harley humor is right up my alley and that I should love this book so much.  I enjoy the normal Harley solo book, but I haven't found anything to like in this series so far.  I read it expecting to laugh at any moment, but that moment never arrives.

While I normally turn my nose up at a book with three artists, I liked the art in this issue.  Maybe it's because Paul Mounts does a great job on colors and ties it all together, but while I noticed the transitions, they were far from jarring.

Bits and Pieces:

I want to like this book so bad, but's so bad.  I was such a huge fan of the original story that ran in Harley's solo book, but this is a mere shadow of that.  The book has jokes and crazy situations, but most of them fall flat.  Flat as a pancake.  The art team may just have more members than Earth, Wind and Fire, but the transitions weren't jarring at all.  It's just that the issue they illustrate is just not good at all.  


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