Review: Harley Quinn #21

by Paul DePaola
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Harley Quinn has been hired as a bounty hunter to retrieve a missing girl.  She found the girl in the Hollywood Hills.  Unfortunately, before she was able to get the girl they were interrupted by Deadshot who was coming to claim a bounty.  Harley has to deal with Deadshot before she can find the girl and claim her fee.

The Positive

Harley 21_2If you’ve been following Harley Quinn, you know the over the top style of the book, and this one is more of the same.  Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti do a great job of keeping the outlandish aspects of the book in balance without taking things too far.  The humour and action work well together.  John Timms’ art and layouts keep the action flowing and capture the humour from Conner and Palmiotti’s writing.  The story is fairly straightforward, there aren’t any surprise twists or turns and this story doesn’t need them.

The Negative

I didn’t find much to dislike about this book.  It does drop you immediately into the story.  If you hadn’t read issue #20 you might be lost in the beginning.

The Verdict

Harley Quinn is a lot of fun to read.  The creators have a definite vision for this book and it continues here.  The book doesn’t take itself too seriously and doesn’t pander to the reader either.  It’s fun and cartoonish in the best way.


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