[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers]
Writers: Jimmy Palmiotti & Amanda Conner
Artists: Chad Hardin, John Timms, Alex Sinclair
Covers: Amanda Conner, Paul Mounts, Frank Cho, Sabine Rich
Harley returns home to her family in Florida as Amanda Connor and Jimmy Palmiotti wrap up writing duties in their final issue on the series.
I can’t even begin to tell you how great this issue was. Amanda Connor and Jimmy Palmiotti’s final issue of Harley Quinn had heart, emotion, entertainment, and pure Harley shenanigans as you’d come to expect. It was the perfect recap and conclusion with one of the comic industry’s best duos on one of DC’s best characters.
What I love most about Connor and Palmiotti’s writing is that they understand that a comic book character cannot only be one dimensional. They need to be human, have families, friends, and adventures outside the tights. In Harley’s case, a life beyond the Joker and Arkham. And that’s exactly what they give her by setting her up in a new city and supplying her with a stable full of interesting and strange supporting characters and villains. Add countless cameos of other DC characters, her bestie Poison Ivy by her side, sexual innuendoes that would make a priest stand up and take notice, countless antagonists that you actually do hate, and fun and incredible artwork every issue. You can see why this title has been one of DC’s best coming out of Rebirth.
As for this particular issue, it was exactly what you would expect the last issue from Connor and Palmiotti to be. It had heart, humor, and adventure. But it wouldn’t be a Connor and Palmiotti book if they themselves didn’t get to cameo in it, and that’s exactly what we get. I won’t say more then that as to spoil to much, but it was the perfect send off for them.
Even though this book was just perfect, I would remiss if I didn’t throw in my favorite part, which was when Harley was reunited with her long lost children (Yes I said children. Read the issue, you’ll get it). It was so sweet and heart warming I can’t even tell you. And her relationship with her family was amazing too. It just makes you love this character that much more.
Go read it! It’s such a great and fun story you’d regret it if you didn’t. The last thing I want to add is a big thank you to Amanda Connor and Jimmy Palmiotti for the 34 issues they’ve given us. Not only that, but for taking a character that has been treated unfairly many times in the media as nothing more then a floozy, psychopath, or a glorified punching bag for the Joker, and gave her a purpose, character, and a soul. I for one have always been a fan of Connor and Palmiotti’s, and can’t wait to see what they’re next endeavor will be.