Thursday, November 21, 2013

Harley Quinn #0

   Harley Quinn is a terrific character who has never quite caught on in the comics.

   Invented for Batman: the Animated Series, she's a hilarious counterpart / partner for the Joker, though a tougher match with the new, crazier and murder-ier Clown Prince of Crime.

   Which is a shame, because she's funny, she's sexy, she dresses in cute little outfits, and she can kick butt. Comics needs more of that!

   She's also beloved by Cosplayers (real-life people who like to dress up as their favorite characters).

   So in an attempt to make the character work, DC has given her the spotlight (again) and provided top talent (again) - and who knows, this time it just might work.

   The comic is written by Amanda Palmer and Jimmy Palmiotti, and while this issue may not be indicative of the regular series, it is a heck of a lot of fun.

   They use a small army of artists, including Palmer, Adam Hughes, Jim Lee, Darwyn Cooke, Bruce Timm and Walt Simonson (there are 19 in all), each providing a page of art in a stream of fantasy scenarios.

   It's a heck of a lot of fun, and Harley's running dialogue (with much breaking of the fourth wall) just makes it that much more entertaining.

   It's a sizzling start for a character who should be in the top tier - instead of being another second banana.

Grade: A-



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