Harley Quinn, is one of choose comic characters that has transcended the printed page to become a pop-culture icon. One can’t step foot onto the concert floor of any con in America without spotting the iconic red,black, and white clown attire on a fit, and sometimes unfit female. And while you’re all aware of my opinions on cos-play, I do understand the appeal of Quinn.
This phenom will surely increase tenfold when Suicide Squad drops later this summer. Margot Robbie-c’mon fellas! Right!
Anyways to the book at hand…
Harley Quinn and Her Gang of Harley’s introduces us to seven new merry delinquents who have joined Harley patrolling the sidewalks of Coney Island. Harley is taking a break from the JLA, Gotham, and all that Joker noise to do some “good” on her home turf. But just because she’s walked away from those situations it doesn’t mean those situations haven’t forgotten about her.
The issue starts out with a roll call of sorts, introducing the new gang: Harley Queens, Harlem Harley, Bolly Quinn, Harvey Quinn, Carli Quinn, Hanuquinn, and Coach. Coach is a wheelchair and loosely narrates the tale. The team has a nice mix of diversity and inclusion and will pass any Title 9 argument.
As the story picks up Harley and Co. have a turf scuffle of a bit of amusement park with the “Hipster Mafia”. Yes, the “Hipster Mafia”. Dude, even has a monocle. Honestly, I was laughing out loud at this sequence. The jokes about gluten-free especially. Chiefly, because I am currently gluten-free myself (Doc’s orders), and quickly becoming Stan’s Dad on that episode of South Park.
This rumble really just establishes the Gangs dominance, but the crux of the issue lies in what happens next: Harley disappears! She’s kidnapped. Who didn’t and why? Ya gotta buy the issue. No spoilers ya’ know me.
I’m giving this book a really good grade, not cause I’m necessarily a huge Quinn fan, honestly, I can’t say I’ve gone outta my way for one of her titles. She’s a great character don’t get me wrong, just not my thing. Dig the dynamic she has with the Joker though.
No, I’m giving this a high score (95% outta 100%) because the creative team is fantastic. Writers Jimmy Palmiotti, Frank Tieri are top notch. Tieri’s Hangman , if you haven’t picked that up, you’re long overdue. Palmiotti has one of the sharpest pens in the game. These guys know dialogue, they know how to balance the light with the dark. Such good stuff!
Artist Mauricet ain’t no joke either. His style here reminded me of a perverted take on the ARCHIE universe. Like Dan Parent but gritty. The 80’s euro styles mixed with Palmiotti and Tieri’s wit just pops. This is a no brainer for fans of Harley, but if you’re looking for something a little dark, lots of fun, and in the DC universe–don’t be a stranger and take Harley and her gang home this New Comic Book Day!
BONUS: LISTEN TO MY INTERVIEW WITH WRITERS JIMMY PALMIOTTI & FRANK TIERI ON THE NEXT EPISODE OF OBI WAN’S BEARD!