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4LN Comic Review: Harley Quinn # 7

Book: Harley Quinn #7
Writers: Amanda Conner & Jimmy Palmiotti
Art: Chad Hardin
Colors: Alex Sinclair & Paul Mounts

Summary from Comixology: “Welcome to Ladies’ Night, where Harley gets her butt kicked by Big Bertha Bensonhurts at the roller derby, starting a massive bar fight. Plus, Harley teams up with Poison Ivy to find out who hired all those pesky assassins.”

It’s not a secret that I’m a Marvel guy. I’d say about 3/4 of the Marvel posts on this site were written by me. My pull-box is 90% Marvel. But that other 10%… DC. The only 2 DC books I currently read are Scribblenauts Unmasked and Harley Quinn. I started Scribblenauts because of my son. He was interested so we began reading it together. Harley Quinn, however, I had absolutely no intention of reading. My comic guy, Steve, just put the #1 in my box and I was like, “Ok. Why not…”. It’s been a whirlwind romance ever since.

The Good
As I mentioned, I’m a really big fan of this book, so I’m partial to saying everything about it is good. My favorite thing, and the thing that has kept me buying it month after month, is the humor. The book is just so f–king funny. Amanda Conner & Jimmy Palmiotti write Harley with such a quirky and quick wit that I constantly laugh out loud while reading. In this issue, there’s a page where Harley and Poison Ivy are making a bet on which side of the fence a sliced-in-half-by-razor-wire assassin’s body will fall on. It’s brutal and absolutely hilarious. Which brings me to another great thing about this issue, the relationship between Harley and Ivy just keeps getting better and better. I love that they’re best friends. Here we get to see more of that ever evolving friendship.

I also need to address that the art here is perfect. Chad Hardin is a great artist and his style is perfect for this series. The panels in this issue, where two assassins come crashing into Harley’s place and she and Ivy slug it out with ’em… just excellent. He brilliantly captures Harley’s manic qualities. She goes from confused, to psycho killer, to concerned for her friend’s well-being all in a matter of seconds, and Chad really gets that across in the way he draws her facial expressions.

The Bad
So if I’m such a huge fan of the book that I’m likely to say everything about it was good, that probably means I’m not likely to have found anything I didn’t like, right? Wrong. No wait! I mean “right”!

I really did love this issue. From Harley and Ivy toying with some muscly beach-bros to them uncovering a secret meeting of assassins, this issue really kept my attention. I will say that, the big reveal on who’s been putting a hit out on Harley felt a little lackluster but, at the same time, it makes perfect sense to the plot and adds a lot to the ongoing story. I’m not saying I hated it or anything, I guess I just had it built up more in my head. The ending also wasn’t quite as “epic” as I was hoping for, but there is one really bad-ass moment at the end that totally makes up for it.

(Also, not that it affects the story, but the summary that DC wrote, and subsequently provided to Comixology, is not correct. The only thing in that summary that actually happens in this book is the Ivy team-up. Not sure how they messed that up…? )

 

Harley Quinn Vol 2 #7 Cover B Variant DC Bombshells Cover

Pictured: The Bombshell variant for this issue.

The Final Say
There’s nothing about this issue that wasn’t entertaining. I highly recommend picking it up, along with all the previous issues, because this a book you absolutely need to be reading. I give it a 3 out of 4. You’ll laugh and cringe and then laugh some more and wonder where the time went you’re done.

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Stephen Andrew

Stephen has spent most of his life reading comics, watching horror movies, listening to death metal music, and speaking in the third person. His favorite comic book character is The Punisher, and he believes that the Punisher: War Zone movie is criminally underrated. His favorite film of all-time is National Lampoon's Vacation, and his favorite album is Pantera's "The Great Southern Trendkill".

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