Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Harley Quinn #24 Review



Written by: Stephanie Phillips
Art by: Matteo Lolli
Colors by: Rain Beredo
Letters by: Andworld Design
Cover art by: Matteo Lolli, Rain Beredo
Cover price: $3.99
Release date: November 22, 2022

Harley Quinn #24 finds Harley on the warpath to find the person who "killed" her, leading her to one of Gotham's most prolific killers - Victor Zsasz. Is Victor behind the assassination, or is there a darker force at work?

Is It Good?

Harley Quinn #24 is mediocre, which is a shame given how strongly issue #23 ended. In the previous issue, Harley appeared poised to embrace her villainous ways, either through the Lazarus Pit's influence or because of getting pushed around too much. Either way, Stephanie Phillips got Harley on the starting line to move the character in a purposeful direction.

Now, Harley is right back to the silly, barely-takes-anything-seriously, manic Harley who plagued the series in the earlier issues. Harley decides to kidnap Victor Zsasz without setup or explanation, presuming he would know who killed her. Most of the issue is an interrogation scene between Harley and a tied-up Zsasz.

Phillips attempts to make the interrogation engaging, but it's not much more than bad jokes (not "so bad they're good" jokes) and a little recap of how we got to this point. Parry, the weird alien, gets in on the act to play a little bad cop.

(Side note: Only now is it explained that Parry is the same alien that tried to take over the Earth during Harley's brief stint with the Suicide Squad a few issues back. How that alien became this alien is a complete mystery.)

To Phillips's credit, the killer is revealed on the last page, so the plot isn't dragged out further than necessary. I won't spoil who it is here, so check the solicits if you want to know.

On a positive note, Lolli's art is excellent. You could argue that Zsasz looks too sheepish for a killer of his reputation and insanity level, but the overall visuals look great.

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 #24 unravels the big mystery behind Harley's death in a low-energy, lackluster issue. The art is excellent, but the plot is paper-thin and wastes the potential set up in the previous issue.


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