[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers]
Writer: Jimmy Palmiotti & Amanda Conner
Artists: John Timms, Alex Sinclair & Hi-Fi
Starting off where issue #25 ended, Harley is right in the middle of a shoot out with a death squad calling themselves the Unconquerable 25! With a little super powered help from Ivy and back up from Sinn of all people, she is able to turn the tide and send an attack chopper into the sea.
Along the way she does her fair share of Atomic Blonding the hell out off the hitmen. She even pulls off the under corpse head shot from Taken!
Soon the press show up, and with the help of Chief of Police Spoonsdale, are kept under control, though Harley does get more time to shine as New York’s newest hero! Now she finds herself talking with Mr. Rivera about their next move and how to hurt the ones that hired the hit squad.
As always the art of John Timms is fantastic, especially when you start adding in explosions and bullet holes. With the support of Sinclair and Hi-Fi, the pages of this book are gorgeous.
The seventh page in particular caught my attention. It starts with a bright red, flashy, panel with tons of motion and is immediately followed under it by three dark and cool panels of blue. The contrast makes the first panel pop, and then using just a bit of red in the killing strike of a following panel, it pops subtly to suit the page, scene, and color scheme. It is a fantastic example of visual themes.
Ever since she broke out on her own, Harley has been more of an Anti-hero than a villain. Much like Wolverine or Punisher. This issue serves to ultimately put her in a role to become a hero, or at least have the opportunity. Though, knowing Harley, Palmiotti, and Conner, the future of Harley will be more destructive than heroic.
There are no negatives worth mentioning in this issue.
This issue is packed with gun shots, subtle references, and jokes. Readers are going to rip through it almost as fast as Harley rips through the Unconquerable 25!