Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Harley Quinn #17 Review

Written by: Stephanie Phillips 
Art by: Riley Rossmo
Colors by: Ivan Plascencia
Letters by: AndWorld Design
Cover art by: Riley Rossmo
Cover price: $3.99
Release date: July 27, 2022

Harley Quinn #17 finds the clown princess of crime teaming up with Batwoman and Oracle to stop Verdict from enacting her terrorist plans to bring down the government of Gotham City.
Is It Good?

Harley Quinn #17 is silly, sometimes heartfelt, and always ridiculous nonsense. It makes about as much sense for a finale in the current arc as Superman having an irrational fear of kittens. If you like the idea of an entire comic devoted to Superman running away from meowing kittens, then this issue might just be for you.

When last we left Harley, she was gunned down by Verdict in front of Kevin, confirming his worst fears that his girlfriend is a murderer. Now, we start with a fevered Harley dreaming about a boxing match between her and Verdict before she wakes up after a little medical TLC from Dr. Leslie Thompkins. Why doesn't Verdict finish Harley off with a second bullet? Unknown.

Batwoman is present to check on Harley's condition, and she receives word Verdict has locked down City Hall and planted explosives all over the building. who tipped Batwoman off? Unknown. How did Verdict plant explosives all over City Hall by herself? Unknown. How did Verdict chain lock all exits to City Hall during the day without a single security guard or city employee noticing what she was doing while running around wearing a cape and ski mask? Unknown.

Batwoman and Harley sneak into City hall when Harley promptly jettisons the plan to go after Verdict with a bat while Verdict is holding the kill switch detonator. Why doesn't Harley wait until Batwoman disarms the bombs before attacking Verdict? Unknown. If Batwoman and Harley sneak in through the basement, how does Harley leap down on Verdict from the second floor? Unknown.

Harley gives Verdict a solid beating with her bat, wherein she receives absolutely no help from the about-to-die crowd around her. Why doesn't Mayor Nakano grab the detonator when it gets knocked out of Verditct's hand more than once? Unknown.

This is the last issue with Riley Rossmo on art duties. If you liked Rossmo's art in this series, you can see more of his funhouse mirror style when he moves over to the Tim Drake series. For everyone else, his art is, at least, consistent.

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About The Reviewer: Gabriel Hernandez is the Publisher & EIC of ComicalOpinions.com, a comics review site dedicated to indie, small, and mid-sized publishers.

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Bits and Pieces

Harley Quinn #17 ends the current arc with a plot that makes little sense, a wacky Harley that acts with even less sense, and wonky art.


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