Review: Harley Quinn #21

[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers]

Writers: Amanda Conner & Jimmy Palmiotti

Artists: Alex Sinclair & Jeremiah Skipper

 

Summary

Scatapults, Terminators, Assassins oh my! This issue has it all. Picking up where issue 20 left off, the fight between Harley and Devani, the Bat-fanatic sent back in time to kill Harley, continues. Before long someone else interferes in the fight and Devani’s story begins to get thicker and thicker. What will happen when the face punching stops? Will one of them be dead?

Positives

The action in this issue is flashy and fun. Devani uses certain tools and gadgets that reflect her troubled history and the errors that happen when history is written. The scenes that take place after the fight are even better though. Each character is made much more interesting and complex.

The best part of this issue though is, without a doubt, the reveal that has been built-up for a few issues now. Harley’s Parents!!! They are unexpectedly pleasant looking, slightly dorky and yet categorically normal!

 

Negatives

The biggest problem in this issue is the clunky transitions between art styles. While the transitions have been smooth in the past, they feel abrupt in this issue. The differences in the styles are extremely different, one being rounded and soft with simple color choices while the other is highly stylized with sharp edges and many tonal differences.

The ending pages contain the story written by Paul Dini and Jimmy Palmiotti. While it is certainly fun and nostalgic to see the art style of the series that got most people into comics in that year, it felt out of place. The very simple and flat story was awkward at best next to the far more complex story  that precedes it. Its only positive is that we do get to see more of the poor conditions and treatment that Harley Quinn endured at the hands of the Joker.

 

Verdict

Overall, Harley Quinn #21 is fun. It does a lot to build Harley’s world and enrich the characters in it. The visuals clink together here and there, but readers will enjoy.

 

 

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Konrad Secord-Reitz

Konrad (@WednesdayNR) is a comic book fan for all genres. Staring with superheroes and moving toward more non-traditional characters and stories he reads everything and anything that draws his attention and is written well. Growing up Konrad watched Batman:TAS and all the other WB cartoons. That childhood love of Batman spread into gaming and comics. In 2011, with the New 52, Konrad picked up his first comic and started collecting, not stopped since. Konrad loves to review comics and interview your favorite artists and writers! For more of his content be sure to follow him on social media and check out his website Wednesdaynightreviews.com