An issue with Harley Quinn, Lobo and Green Arrow written by Tom Taylor? Yeah, it's every bit as ridiculously fun as you could imagine. Lobo's introduction to the universe can get a bit tedious as he spews he signature words around one too many times, but that's vastly outweighed by the sheer amount of entertainment he offers and there's absolutely a handful of times where his banter really delivers. Plus, this is a hugely satisfying read if you've been following along with INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US because there's plenty of well-executed nods to some great moments from the past. Lobo's mustache remark? Priceless. The argument over Oliver's hideout? Hilarious. It's just a blast through and through.
There's A LOT of hands working on the art in this issue and the transition from team to team is definitely a noticeable one, but many of the styles have great qualities. The opening (Xermanico) has some downright superb attention to detail with environments and brings about some gorgeously vivid coloring. As the madness truly hits the fan later on, the book becomes far more polished and exciting as Bruno Redondo and Mike S. Miller take over. There's some insanely lovable facial expressions to be found here and it really drives home Taylor's script. You can't help but smile at some of the faces Harley makes in this one.
The jumps between noticeably different art styles is pretty jarring, but it only takes a toll during the scenes with Superman and Lex Luthor. There's just something about the facial work there that rubs me the wrong way, especially when compared with the rest of the issue.
Aside from that, I suppose the fact we need to wait two more months for more of this alternative universe is pretty dang bad.
We've gone two months without anything new from the INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US universe and thankfully, this annual issue is more than enough to tide us over until the series returns in January. You know how you loved the Harley Quinn and Green Arrow team-up back in Year One? It's basically like that, but instead of being crammed into a digital copy, it's fleshed out in an annual-sized issue and throws in plenty of wackiness with Lobo. It's absurd in all the right ways and is sure to keep you laughing. Oh, and that ending? It seems like something so crazy that it could only happen in a fan fiction. And, you know what? It's pure awesome. Talk about ending on a high note, right?