[Editor’s note: This review may contain spoilers.]
Writers: Amanda Conner & Jimmy Palmiotti
Artist: John Timms
Nobody likes when they see their ex at a store or restaurant. You feel awkward, uncomfortable, and if it ended badly, you might even feel downright mad. Well imagine if your ex was a certain purple wearing, pale skinned, “frightenin’ foul-mouthed filth bag!” That’s what happens to Harley at the beginning of this issue when she finds Joker waiting for her on her bed wanting to talk.
After shooing him away Harley is a little rattled, well a lot rattled, and needs a distraction. Who better to provide that than the ever handy Red Tool! No pun intended. After the Joker leaves, Red Tool makes sure Harley is okay and they go on an adventure that would make a hentai fan happy.
This issue feels very real in how Harley deals with the events that unfold. Conner and Palmiotti are doing a fantastic job at making one of DC’s most insane characters feel the most human and relatable while keeping her absolutely fun.
As a big fan of the Joker and his various forms from Capullo’s face strapped version, Miller’s glitzy shoulder padded suit, to Daniel’s slicked back surgeon take, I enjoy what artists do with him. John Timms’ is no different. What I oddly liked most about him is that he is shown to be so lanky and tall. In the opening panel his pant leg comes up past his ankle and his jacket sleeve falls pretty far down his arm. His eyes are also sunken in and he is always posturing in a way that makes him very angular. I really enjoy Timms’ take and think it’s very stylish and controlled which is a refreshing take on the Joker, almost like Jack Nicholson’s version.
Finally, the more I look at Red Tool’s suit, the more I love him.
There is a three page scene which helps set up future events but has nothing to do with the events of this issue. It feels a little awkward when looking at the issue as a contained piece, but works when reflecting on the last arc. It sort of disrupts the flow of the issue.
This is a fantastic issue that has the reader panicked from page one. I felt uncomfortable from the get-go and honestly was waiting for the blood to start flowing. That along with some great get-ups and style, this issue is sure to please.