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Review of Harley Quinn: The Eat. Bang! Kill. Tour

Harley Quinn: The Animated Series, Vol. 1: The Eat. Bang! Kill. Tour by Tee Franklin

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Having already watched season 3 of Harley Quinn, I wasn’t sure what I expected from Ms. Franklin. Hilarity? Naturally. A level of inappropriate violence that’s become the hallmark of Ms. Quinn? I wouldn’t expect anything less. (After all, the show still highlights her villain side before she traded in the moniker to become an antihero) But a depth of understanding of PTSD and emotional fragility? Not quite.

(I know; shame on me. I should have expected more, given the glimpses of insight the show)

Both characters have always been more complicated than skin deep, and this volume wasn’t afraid to dig into those past traumas. But not in a way that makes you want to roll your eyes or look for a box of tissues. It’s handled with a delicate touch, entirely in touch with the television series – without going off script for the DC characters. And I have to applaud Ms. Franklin for her deft hand. At no point does the story bog down in sentiment or emotional quagmire. It flows as you’d expect for any comic, touching on key points from the series that any fan can geek out over.

And, naturally, I have to give her props for empowering the queer community along the way. (Representation matters)

It was the perfect segue between seasons 2 and 3, and it did what any diehard fan could hope – made me want to rewatch the entire show!

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