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Review of Harley Quinn: Welcome to Metropolis

Harley Quinn, Vol. 3: Welcome to Metropolis by Karl Kesel

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Maybe Mr. Kesel felt guilty for his previous volume because he definitely set out to make some improvements this time (some, but not all). Getting Harley out of the Gotham setting did wonders for her sense of self and confidence without losing the traditional character in the process. And while attempting to read Bizzaro’s dialogue could give any reader a headache (who dreamed up THAT character?!), the concept worked well. I couldn’t quite figure out the timeline or even setting (Jimmy was in space, but then we never mention space again?), and no one threw in those cute little references to other comics that I despise so much – but at least clue you in that you missed something. Discontinuity never wins much in the way of applause. However, the creative team’s segue between hell and the lead-up to Gotham City Sirens worked nicely (whether intentional or not), so I can’t get TOO angry. And the reconciliation (if one wants to view it that way) with Lewis? That settled my irritation there. All in all, it felt satisfying in terms of firmly placing Harley’s feet on the path toward independence. And I’m all for that!

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