Thursday, May 16, 2013

LotDK Dr. Quinn's Diagnosis Review

Today saw the release of Legends of the Dark Knight #50, written by Jim Zub and illustrated by Neil Googe, concluding their "Dr. Quinn's Diagnosis" story. Last week I wrote a bit about the first chapter, and now I'll finish up my thoughts, with a little summary of this chapter and a review of the story itself.

So, with Harley roping Batman into her game to play shrink, she starts to analyze the Dark Knight, asking him questions about his past. Surprisingly (but perhaps not), Harley hits the nail on the head quite a few times, figuring out vague details of the man beneath the mask, but Bruce remains stoic as ever. Between questions Bruce asks Harley questions about herself and the Joker, and though she sometimes begins to answer them, she always goes back to him. Once the evaluation is over, and Harley has come to the conclusion that she's happy and Batman is a lonely, angry, loveless, etc, man, the clock goes off and Harley jumps for joy.

See, the real plan was for Harley just to distract Batman, while Joker pulled off his biggest stunt yet, and Harley is happy because she proved herself that she could do right by the Joker, but Batman doesn't seem bothered by it at all, placing her in cuffs, and bringing her outside to the police. Turns out, Batman caught the Joker a couple of hours ago, and was just cleaning it up. Instead of Harley tricking him, he tricked her into admitting that she willing helped the Joker instead of being forced to. So much for her being "free."


I mentioned this in my post last week, but Zub and Googe nail everything there is to nail about classic Harley. She's funny, energetic, animated, and has all that intelligence that's thwarted by one fatal flaw. It's practically impossible not to hear Arleen Sorkin's voice when you're reading Harley's dialogue. Then there's Neil Googe's art... man, I could read a Harley story from him every week, and never get tired of it. What Googe really nails is all of Harley's facial expressions, her smile and eyes are really expressive in every single panel he draws her in. If Googe didn't have Harley's face down, I quite honestly think the story wouldn't have worked as well because the liveliness he brings to her makes every page entertaining.

I can't recommend these two chapters enough, especially if you're a fan of the old series. They're only a grand total of $2, so don't be cheap and go buy them! If you want to wait.... they'll be collected sometime next year, in issue #16 or 17, if I had to guess... so you know what, you might just want to jump on the digital trainnow.


1 comment :

  1. I enjoyed the hell out of this story. Part one was a little light maybe, but part two more than made up for it. Probably the best use of Harley in years, and Googe's art fit the story perfectly.

    LotDK has been on fire lately. In fact, DC digital in general is killing it. Adventures of Superman was fantastic this week too.