Review of Harley Quinn and Power Girl

Review of Harley Quinn and Power Girl

Harley Quinn and Power Girl by Amanda Conner

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Ms. Conner and Mr. Palmiotti remain in rare form. And who didn’t have a burning desire to know what happened in those few panels back in volume 2 (Power Outage)? It’s the perfect tongue-in-cheek humor you’d expect from Harley in space. And while it probably helps to have some knowledge of Power Girl (something I lack completely), you can get through the plot without a problem if you’re clueless. The team provides enough background and clues to help you limp along through her backstory – something they’ve always managed to do with all of their volumes. Any true fan will appreciate the diversion.



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Review of Harley Quinn: Gang of Harleys

Review of Harley Quinn: Gang of Harleys

Harley Quinn and Her Gang of Harleys by Jimmy Palmiotti

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Mr. Tieri and Mr. Palmiotti did a fantastic job of giving the Gang of Harleys their own individual niche, carving out their personalities a little more. (Not to mention filling in that gap in the storyline I knew I was missing to make sense of the Rebirth volumes) There was more to this installment, though, outlining that the majority of the villains Harley and her group tangle with aren’t one-dimensional. There’s pain taken to delve behind their actions, giving them motivation for their actions and personalities (not unlike the driving forces of the Gang, actually). And while you still won’t find yourself cheering for them, you can’t hate them 100%, either. It’s a balance that few writers manage to get exactly right (and why I love this series so much). Definitely an important addition to the shelf for any genuine Harley fan.



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Review of Harley Quinn Vol.6: Black, White and Red All Over

Review of Harley Quinn Vol.6: Black, White and Red All Over

Harley Quinn, Vol. 6: Black, White and Red All Over by Amanda Conner

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


And here it is, the end of an “era:” the final volume of Harley that I had yet to read (written by Ms. Conner and Mr. Palmiotti, at any rate). And at least I can say it doesn’t disappoint. Red Tool’s grand entrance is every bit as hysterical as his existence in the remainder of the comic series. And you can’t help but love him – on some level. He’s the perfect comedic foil for Harley. (At any rate, his heart’s in the right place) In a lot of ways, having read ahead, it makes his motivation that much easier to comprehend. The nuances of his character pop out. And, of course, the introduction of Chief Spoonsdale is perfect. (I had wondered when he was going to make an appearance) This tied together all of the loose threads in a way that made me sitting back, satisfied that I’d found the remainder of the story.
(Well, perhaps one loose thread is still hanging. But since I have a related volume sitting on my shelf as I speak, I’m going to guess I’ll have that answer shortly)



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Review of Harley Quinn Vol. 5: The Joker’s Last Laugh

Review of Harley Quinn Vol. 5: The Joker’s Last Laugh

Harley Quinn, Vol. 5: The Joker’s Last Laugh by Amanda Conner

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Ms. Conner and Mr. Palmiotti delivered one of the best volumes to date. (And, yes, I realize I’ve read things out of order. I read what I get when I get them) Harley’s confrontation with the Joker is everything it should be – and probably not what most people would expect. The emotional (and psychological) growth is phenomenal. You want to cheer (and then scream all the more when you realize those silly “Harley Loves Joker” volumes appear in the Rebirth collections). And to cap things off with a Harley-version of the “three wishes gone wrong” trope? Priceless. It settles the world down – particularly for those of us who know what’s coming next. (And, seriously, the flaming dogs running around the loft – how do you not burst out laughing?)



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