Wednesday, July 15, 2015

SPOILERS: Harley Quinn #18

Some sailors, phone bombs, innuendo, pirates and drug trips… Pretty standard issue of Harley Quinn, if I do say so myself.

The Spoilers:

Captain Strong… he is a guy, who turns out to be strong, thus the name. Harley's gang has had some trouble getting him back, so now it's up to Harley Prime to go find him, while blowing up some muggers on the way (long story, phone bomb, she warned them, they didn't believe her). Problem with Captain Strong is that he roids out on some space seaweed, and easily out matches Harley… So what's Harley's plan? Eat some herself, and match his power!

Buuuuuut, she starts tripping out, and goes into a pirate fantasy land where Bruce Wayne is her sexy cabin boy, and a pirate ship of all of Gotham's characters, lead by the Pirate Joker has captured Poison Ivy mermaid. So she has to go rescue Ivy, and a bunch of "I hate you" fighting between her and the Joker leads to some half naked make outs. Ship capsizes and Ivy pulls Harley out of the water… seafood buffet smell jokes are made. Harley wakes up in a hospital where Ivy tells her she's been there for a day and a half, and her gang isn't fairing well against Strong.

Speaking of Strong, he basically kidnaps the whole gang, but when he becomes lucid he is totally "what am I doing?" towards them… but he's an addict, and can't kick the kelp, so back to crazy strong guy with a knife by issue's end.


The Opinion:

The drug trip… or seaweed trip? Whatever you'd call that, it basically made the issue. That whole scene was just so ridiculous, and I loved it. The panel of Harley telling Bolly Quinn to run after she handed over her phone (bomb) was a close second in things I enjoyed in this issue.

If I have one criticism, it's something that I've really started to notice lately, and that's the abundance dialogue. There's a whole bunch of it, and sometimes it's not saying a whole lot. I've had this little nagging issue with this book and now Starfire, but every now and then you turn a page and you're just blasted with speech bubbles everywhere, and once everything is said and done, it turns out not a whole lot was actually said. Sure there are some jokes here and there within that, but I just think there's a lot of fluff dialogue in some spots that could probably be trimmed down. Not a huge deal, but hey… at some point I actually have to come up with something to say other than "I like the sex jokes."

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