Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Old Lady Harley #5 Review

Old Mother Harley

Writer: Tieri, Frank
Artist: Inaki Miranda
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: February 27, 2019
Cover Price: $3.99

I have been enjoying this series a lot more than some of the other reviewers I see online, but my scores have been coming down as of late.  I am still enjoying the humor of this series, but the last two issues have had a little less story than the first couple and it's starting to feel a bit stretched out.  Still, I was looking forward to this finale and now that it's here, I can tell you what I think about it.  What, you want the score now?  You have to wait until after the review for that!  Let's discuss...

We start with the familiar Starship Troopers-like vid commercial and while these have been good for some laughs before, this one is serious...deadly serious!  Actually, the whole issue is kind of that and I think that's why I was a bit down on it.

After seeing Harley's biggest regret from the past, we head to the present and pretty much get a drawn-out fight scene.  It's happening all over and it's Laughing Boys versus everyone else and that is something that Batman can't sit back and he turns into an awesome Bat-Mech!  I hope it's a triple changer or at least a Combiner!  Yea, I put that in to look cool to Eric Shea!

The gang all catches up with Harley and Joker and that's where we continue with the regret part earlier and find out who and what this Joker really is.  I won't spoil it, but it kind of comes out of left field and really changes up the tone of the series big time.  Things do get worked out a bit and there is a nice feeling of some possible resolution to what is going on here, but again, it just didn't have the fun factor this series was giving readers at the beginning.

We end with a pretty awesome cameo that will make some people very happy and the idea that this all might continue at a later date.  I doubt that, but if it does, I will be back for more...I just hope it's more fun.

I loved the art as usual in this issue, but the tone shift threw me off and I just found this issue very odd next to the rest.  Maybe I would have enjoyed this more if the whole series was more serious, but it wasn't and I didn't.

Bits and Pieces:

This wacky alt-future timeline story took a turn down serious street for this finale and I wasn't feeling it.  The jokes that I thought were hitting, for the most part, are left behind for some family issues and it seemed like Frank Tieri was trying to prove to someone he had something more than a goofy miniseries filled with pop culture and toilet humor.  The problem is, that's what I wanted more of.  Even though I was down on this finale, I still enjoyed the series overall and would recommend it as a whole.


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