In which everyone’s favorite lil’ monster joins the forces of true evil: politics. Harley is gearing up for the mayoral debate in the Big Apple, and with the help of Ivy, Harlem Harley, and, of course, Nathan, the wildcard may just have a shot at winning the hearts of people who want a candidate who knows the streets. But when an old acquaintance slinks into the picture, things turn a bit… terrifying.
With Harley set on ruining the Mayor in her latest game, who will be there to pull her back from the edge as things spiral out of control at the podium for her? Will this latest turn of events hinder her chances in the polls, which currently favor her? Or will she plummet back from the spotlight into her usual life of crime and hijinks?
Power duo Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti once again bring to the table a solid comic packed with action, humor and a few moments of intensity. The dialogue produced by the pair reads as real as it always does: Harley has her distinct dialect we all know and, in my case, love and hate. The politicians ooze confidence and wealth, and Ivy is forever cool and collected on the outside. Conner once said at a con I attended that writing Harley came easier to her, that the quick witticisms and snarky jokes popped into her head naturally. That, if nothing else, just proves she was the person born to write the lovable villain’s story.
Mirka Andolfo, Michael Kaluta and Tom Derenick are credited with interior art, each creator taking a batch of pages for themselves and using their own styles to merge together a cohesive, smooth and appealing story. With their pages alternating one another, it’s hard to tell where one ends and the other begins, with only subtle differences like the softness of jawlines that I did not notice until I went back and looked for it. HARLEY QUINN is so detailed, and given so much depth in both art and colors by Alex Sinclair, that a collaborative effort makes perfect sense to me. And I kinda liked having more than one person writing AND illustrating the chick with so many mood swings that she’s like a different person every go-round.
As usual, Harley Quinn did not disappoint. Whether her character has staying power as a standalone story is a whole other debate, but for now, the fun, bubbly and viciously murderous bad girl has a place in my heart, and should have one in your pull list, too.
(W) Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti (A) Mirka Andolfo (CA) Amanda Conner