Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Harley Quinn #19 Review



Written by: Stephanie Phillips
Art by: Georges Duarte
Colors by: Romulo Fajardo Jr.
Letters by: AndWorld Design
Cover art by: JonBoy Meyers
Cover price: $3.99
Release date: August 9, 2022

Harley Quinn #19 encounters resistance on Task Force X's trip to the moon when the team is forced to dodge missiles and vomit. As the team reaches their destination (minus one), they soon learn all is wrong with the JL storage facility.


Is It Good?

Harley Quinn #19 reads like a rejected Beavis & Butthead script somebody found in the back of a filing cabinet. Not only is Harley obnoxiously unfunny, but she's not the lead character in her own title. Bronze Tiger, Luke Fox, and other team members make progress towards their goal on an ill-fated mission, but Harley does little more than crack one excruciatingly bad joke after another while tagging along. Harley does nothing in this comic but acts like a child hopped up on caffeine and Pop Rocks while the adults are talking. This isn't silly Harley. This is debilitating ADHD Harley who refuses to take her Ritalin.

Harley's character work is not the only down point of this issue. Luke Fox sent the team to the moon to find and diffuse an increasingly unstable supply of Element-X. However, Fox didn't tell anybody what he was doing, including the military, resulting in a team member's death.

If unstable Element-X is so dangerous, why is Luke Fox keeping it a secret? Why isn't any surviving, B-List, or C-list member of the Justice League involved when the team is headed to a JL depot? Why is Luke Fox running a covert operation with conscripted villains without the knowledge of the government, the Justice League, or anyone else? Why does Solomon Grundy, and super strong zombie, get motion sick? All good questions, but this issue supplies none of the answers.

If nothing else, the art is markedly better compared to the previous issues with Duarte on pencils/inks. Solomon Grundy's body in a spacesuit looks too small for his frame, but that issue aside, the art is fine.


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 #19 makes progress on the team's mission to diffuse a dangerous element on the moon, but the plot is riddled with unanswered questions that cast the entire plot in doubt. Luke Fox is portrayed as arrogant, irresponsible, and foolish. Meanwhile, Harley is depicted as a spastic child whose presence serves no purpose but to annoy her teammates.


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