Tuesday, December 27, 2022

Harley Quinn #25 Review



Written by: Stephanie Phillips
Art by: Matteo Lolli, David Baldeon
Colors by: Rain Beredo
Letters by: Deron Bennett
Cover art by: Matteo Lolli, Rain Beredo
Cover price: $4.99
Release date: December 27, 2022

Harley Quinn #25 jumps straight into multiverse shenanigans as the Harley Who Laughs arrives to kill Old Lady Harley and regular Harley to be the last Harley across all dimensions. Why? Because it's in the script.

Is It Good?

 Yep, that's what Harley Quinn #25 boils down to. Things happen because the script says so. No setup. Not motivations. Nothing beyond "Here's a pack of alt-Harleys, so let's see what they do."
If you've been following this series, we last left off with the emergence of the Harley Who Laughs as the villain, who we assume is the killer behind Harley's first death. During a flashback, we see the Harley Who Laughs jump through alternate universes to kill all the Harleys in a bid to be the only Harley anywhere.
Where did the Harley Who Laughs come from? Unknown. Why does the Harley Who Laughs want to be the only Harley? Unknown. When Harley was killed the first time, why did the killer remain cloaked in shadow and strike through stealth when the Harley Who Laughs is shown here to emerge from portals with guns a-blazin'? Unknown. When the Batman Who Laughs became so overused to the point of laughability in the Death Metal event, why did anyone think a Harley Who Laughs would be a good idea? Unknown.

During a flashback, we see Harley Who Laughs attack Old Lady Harley who lives in a post-apocalyptic universe. Still, Old Lady Harley escapes through the multiverse just in time to arrive in our universe and lend regular Harley a hand. That's right. You get three Harleys for the price of one.
The issue wraps up with a regular Harley smashing the portal device, inadvertently opening portals to all the universes so every Harley from across the multiverse can step through.

In terms of writing execution, the plot could be more coherent, better set up, and better explained. The jokes are terrible, regular Harley's actions make no sense (if Harley Who Laughs is down from a car hit, why not attack her instead of running away?), and the basic concept feels like a low-rent retread of better stories.
The art's fine. Lolli, Baldeon, and Beredo turn in a cool collection of action set pieces, and the character designs for the squad of alternate Harleys are imaginative. The story is a dud, but at least the cart is a significant step up from the first 17 issues.


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 #25 dips into multiverse shenanigans with a nonsensical plot, terrible jokes, and tone-deaf attempts at heart and character development. The art is solid, so that's something at least.


1 comment:

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