Wednesday, January 28, 2015

SPOILERS: Harley Quinn #14

Harley is a busy (crazy) lady looking to get back into the dating game, and as one would expect, it doesn't go particularly well.

The Spoilers:

The issue's title is "A Day in the Life," and that's what we get, an average (busy) day for Harley. Wakes up, problems in the building with the utilities, has to go to work, probably a Monday, that sort of shit. But the good thing for Harley is she schedules a date with Mason that evening. Buuuut...

Problem is, her day gets even more hectic at work, with a lot of patients to deal with, and on top of that, Syborg in forms her of someone stealing medical equipment, which causes one of her patients to almost die. Unfortunately for Harley, she has to cancel on Mason, as she won't be able to make the date and has to stay late. She also gets a call from the Derby team, wondering where she is. Turns out she forgot about that one too. Like I said, it's one of those days.

Luckily for Harley, one of the orderlies/nurses/whatever at her job decides to cover for her, and despite some mishaps along the way, she gets to the Derby match. Afterwards, she goes out to eat, Mason sees her out, thought she was working, big misunderstanding, sad Harley.


The Opinion:

If I'm being honest, I'm going to have to say this was a pretty so-so issue for me, as it just didn't entertain me like many previous issues. The combination of not a whole lot of humor or absurd situations and trying to get me to empathize with Harley and a love interest I care absolutely zero about just left me bored, and got me wondering about a few things in general. I'm just finding myself losing interest in the setting and characters surrounding Harley. I almost want there to be a shift to sort of bring Harley back home. My favorite issues of this series have been the ones where Ivy guest stars, because it sort of ties Harley back to something bigger, where the rest of the cast is just starting to wear thin. I wouldn't be opposed to the book shifting back towards Gotham and just sort of reestablishing Harley back there, interacting with the wide cast of characters, but keeping the silly tone. If her previous series is anything to go by, it can definitely be accomplished, with ease. I understand the writers have a connection to the Brooklyn/Coney Island setting, but I'm just starting to wonder how long it's a sustainable setting for this book. With how crazy things can get in here, the last thing that needs to happen is for things to become stale.

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