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Harley Quinn #4 - Very Old Spice Review


We've seen Harley in action plenty of times. Wait until you see her working at her DAY JOB!

The Good

HARLEY QUINN is quickly moving up the ranks as one of my favorite titles each month. We all enjoy comic book characters deeply immersed in vastly fleshed out comic universes. The downside of that is there are often cases of continuity problems. With HARLEY QUINN, you just don't worry about it. You don't have to worry about what might be going on in other titles. All you need to worry about is accidentally laughing out loud if you're reading in a place that frowns upon that.

Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti are putting the fun into dysfunctional. Harley is an over-the-top character and that allows for the wacky and zany adventures. That isn't to say that it's simply a case of anything goes. Harley decides to rescue and keep a horde of dogs in her loft? No problem. The issue of dealing with the...waste is touched upon here. Harley takes a job on a roller derby team? Yup, trying to fit that into her schedule is here. Harley actually taking a day job and having to appear normal in public? Once again, Conner and Palmiotti show us how she does it.

Is Harley a demented person? Here, it doesn't really matter. She may be bad in some ways, but she generally means well. She has her own brand of justice and she's not afraid to show it.

Stephane Roux handles the art in this issue. Whether it's Roux or Chad Hardin, we've been treated to some great art. Paul Mounts' colors are brilliant. As this is a humorous book, it also requires visuals to complement the script. It all fits together wonderfully.

The Bad

At the end of the day (as this is the last comic I'm reading today), I want a comic that will entertain me and possibly bring a smile to my face. That's exactly what this comic does. It doesn't necessarily take itself seriously and neither should readers, aside from looking for high quality fun.

The Verdict

HARLEY QUINN is an absurdly fun book. Sometimes you just want a comic you can read and enjoy. Too many comics these days can be grim or so immersed in a quagmire of continuity issues, it's refreshing to be able to read a comic and simply be entertained. My wish is for Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti to have an extremely long run on this title. Stephane Roux's art and Paul Mounts' colors complement the script in all the right ways. This comic may not change the fate of the world but it could just change the way you think about comics and reading enjoyment.

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Posted by The Stegman

I want at least three other titles like this. DC is waaaaaay too serious atm. At least Marvel and indies know how to keep things light. Give me a fun title, show the world DC isn't all doom and gloom and Batman.

Posted by BR_Havoc

My favorite DC series going right now. Each issue brings a smile to my face and the art is great all I want from DC is too keep this book away from any Batman crossover.

Posted by SaintWildcard

I could use a good laugh, maybe I'll get it in trades.

Edited by MadeinBangladesh

loving this and Harley had a great week !

Posted by lifeofvibe
Posted by lifeboy

@the_stegman: I like seriousness, doom and gloom. When DC goes light hearted and silly, that is when I drop them and pick up more dynamite, IDW, dark horse and BOOM.

Posted by The Stegman

@lifeboy: I didn't say it ALL has to be Looney Tunes. DC has 52 titles (most of the time) throwing out three or four wacky ones won't hurt.

Posted by Guardiandevil83
Posted by SaintWildcard

@lifeboy: I didn't say it ALL has to be Looney Tunes. DC has 52 titles (most of the time) throwing out three or four wacky ones won't hurt.

Imagine a dark Plastic Man?

Posted by lifeboy

@the_stegman said:

@lifeboy: I didn't say it ALL has to be Looney Tunes. DC has 52 titles (most of the time) throwing out three or four wacky ones won't hurt.

Imagine a dark Plastic Man?

Why would I want to imagine that??????

Stegman, this harley has been enjoyable, but I like the matt kindt's Suicide Squad version best. I loved when she came around the corner and bashed that dudes head in. And even though her villains month comic stunk, I liked the mindset she was in. Killing children, hookers, and the police. Not that I have anything against those people. I just like my harley to be evil!

Posted by iaconpoint

No no no. All of humanity should be spared from the writing of Kindt, he is the worse writer out there at the moment. I enjoy how this series is going minus the double entendre from last issue. I'd actually like to see Harley become something of a "lethal protector" anti-hero similar to mid-period Venom. She would kill and/or terrorize those she deems "bad" in her own twisted way, similar to what she did in this issue. But killing random, innocent children from afar? Lame. That's below even Joker's paygrade. It's not even funny!

Posted by mak13131313

I loved this issue! I laughed through the whole thing. Personal massagers, hilarious! And the diner scene was perfect!

Edited by BR_Havoc

@lifeboy: Lifeboy you are my buddy but you really do not understand Harley Quinn. What you want is the Joker and that is what Kindt delivered in Suicide Squad and in the Harley villains month book. He did not understand that Harley is her own character and the Jokers greatest victim not his female clone. Harley sees the world different its more of happy go lucky cartoonish vision. It's way this book works so well and even when she kills people in this title its fine because it fits her personality.

I do agree with other people DC needs to add some light hearted or fun titles ( Like Marvel is doing) to there roster because the new 52 as a whole is grim dark and it does not work for many characters. Look at Forever Evil that storyline does not work in a grim dark world because there is no contrast its a gray world from the start.

Posted by Transformers1024

Should I just go back and buy this series and get caught up? It looks pretty good. From what I've seen

Posted by lifeboy

@transformers1024: it on its 4th issue and in overall comic sales in the 11th place for a reason. So yeah, pick it up!

@br_havoc: I didn't pick up the valentines issue because I was contending with that dilema. Who she is and who I want her to be are not the same, but the comic is still a damn good read.

As for the darkness in dc, I actually don't see a problem. I like reading adult themes becaus it reflects the perversion in reality. If anything, I want more of it like Earth2.

Edited by BR_Havoc

@lifeboy: The Valentines day issue was the most violent of all of them so far. A bus full of serial killers falls in love with Harley. You see you want her to be the Joker and that is not the case. That would be like me wanting Tim or Jason or Dick to be Bruce Wayne they are there own characters and Matt Kindt failed to understand that with Harley.

No you do not want that at all man. The late 80's and 90's where like that and it almost killed the industry if you want to tell a great dark story you need to have a contrast to show good story telling in either. When every book and hero is in a shade of grey books lose there identity.