Wednesday, November 20, 2013

SPOILERS: Harley Quinn #0

So, this is a weird one to "spoil," being that there's not much of a cohesive story. But that's the point. By now, you've no doubt heard that Harley breaks the fourth wall in this issue, and goes further by making it her bitch. Harley wants her own comic book, and page after page, she speaks directly to Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti on who wold be good to draw it and discussing the positives and negatives of each artist... and then some.

This is one of those books where you have to read to get. Me describing each joke does it no justice. Some of my favorites are Harley complaining that Jim Lee just reused a page from hush, or Adam Hughes being "late," or maybe Harley deciding to go easy on being Jimmy up at his and Amanda's wedding, because sales on Batwing and All-Star Western aren't all too hot.

All in all, it's a super fun book, and the only thing that is really "spoilable" is that on the last page, an anonymous former patient of Harley's gives her the rights to some property on Coney Island.


The Good:

Fucking everything! The humor, the amazing artists, the fourth wall breaking... I adored this issue. When looking at all the New 52 books I've read, which is a lot, this was by far the most fun I've had with a single issue. We also get a look at what to expect from Chad Hardin's ongoing work on the title. I didn't quite know what to expect with him, because his New 52 stuff has been a bit different from project to project, sometimes he's got an inker, sometimes he doesn't, and there's a difference. But, I'm glad to say that I really liked his final page and a half, and now I'm completely sold on the book going further. 

The Bad:

This isn't an actual criticism of the issue, but I was severely disappointed that DC caved to advocacy groups, who don't understand the character, context, or comics as a whole, and changed the controversial bathtub/toaster/suicide panel. I think it's a fucking joke, and may have a post about it later.

The Bottom Line:

I knew what to expect going in, but Harley Quinn #0 exceeded all expectations with its insane fourth-wall-breaking antics, supplemented by some of the best artists in the biz. While this issue isn't a representation of what the title will be like going forward, it reintroduces New 52 readers to something the New 52 has lacked, and that's fun. Albeit that fun is insane, maniacal, amoral and just generally over the top in every way shape and form. But what else would you expect from Harley Quinn?


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