Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Harley Quinn/Gossamer Special #1 Review

Harley and Gossamer's Day Out

Writer: Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, and Sholly Fisch
Art Team: Pier Brito, Paul Mounts, Dave Alvarez
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: August 29, 2018

This is my first time ever dabbling in the world of DC and Looney Tunes crossovers this month, so while I had a vague idea what to expect in most cases, I can't say I knew exactly how Gossamer would be played, especially within the pages of a comic taking place in the world of DC Comics.  So I'm not quite sure I'm prepared for this, having really only ever seen Gossamer as bait for Bugs to pick on, and only ever having read a few issues of Harley, but here we go anyways.

The issue starts off with Harley and Ivy trying to enjoy what is left of a day on the beach while a hurricane approaches the surrounding areas.  After Ivy turns down Harley's advances to bunk up for the night, everyone goes their separate ways, and a pretty uneventful hurricane passes through over the course of a few hours and panels. 

Anyway, the next day as Harley strolls down the beach she runs into a strangely marked box washed up on shore, opens it of course, and reveals Gossamer to the world, who she immediately takes in as one of her 'pets'.  Several pages later we're off to see Harley give Gossamer a makeover, in panels filled with callouts to pretty much the only scenes anyone remembers with Gossamer in them, as Harley mimics the hair scene with Bugs from way back in the day.  Things are going swell until Gossamer in kidnapped by a giant Joker robot where Harley, and a few of her roomies, quickly stage a rescue. Then it's off to Gotham to visit Mr. J for possibly sending this robot to ruin the day.

In Gotham Harley tussles with Joker, while Batman hangs suspended from a rope waiting to drop into a vat of acid, as mildly amusing exchanges occur between all parties involved.  Eventually, the Mr. J looking giant robot comes to claim Harley and Gossamer again, taking off to wherever it is Gossamer comes from.  Harley meets his creator and then is sent off with a surprise in hand for her safekeeping of Gossamer while ruckus happened everywhere around them.  It turns out there are a Looney Tunes surprise guest behind the whole thing as the story officially comes to a close. All in all, it read like a very unnecessarily long story and even the art wasn't all that great to look at throughout most of these scenes. 

In our second story the first thing you notice right off the bat is the art is absolutely stunning.  I would have loved to read the main story along with this art, which may have allowed me to possibly enjoy it more.  Basically, Harley replaces Bugs Bunny's role in a Gossamer centered cartoon in this backup effort and I actually enjoyed quite a bit for what it was saving the book a bit.

Overall, this is another bit of a mixed package from the DC/Looney Tunes crossover category of comics. While I could see longtime fans of  Conner's and Palmiotti's run enjoying this more, the first story for me missed the mark more than it hit.  However, I did get a kick out of the second half of the book with Harley in a Looney Tunes-type cartoon world playing the role of Bugs Bunny. 

Bits and Pieces:

Believe it or not its the second half of this title, the shorter back up story, with some great art, that really steals the show here in this book.  However, it's just not enough to push it over the top into something I would recommend to anyone, except the biggest of Harley fans.


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