Wednesday, May 18, 2016

SPOILERS: Harley Quinn #28

Of course when I think "I really don't want to spend time writing up this book anymore" it puts out an issue that actually does a pretty good job of being more than just 20 more pages of one-note gags.

The Spoilers:

Despite tattooing his number on Harley's ass, Deadtool doesn't come off as that much as a bad guy this time around, and maybe it's the whole bunch of cops shooting at them, but he figures out he may have rushed things with his obsession with Harley. Skipping ahead bit more, let's just get past the part where the cop that the Mayor (who hates Harley) made Chief, sides with Harley and Redtool to further his career (by bringing in all the criminals Redtool gathered up) instead of being the Mayor's lackey. Afterwards, Redtool and Harley hang out, and Harley gets her ego stroked by having her stalker go over everything he knows about her, leaving a possibility for an actual friendship, meanwhile the Mayor still wants her dead.

That last scene with Harley and Redtool is what sold me on the issue. Well, mostly. Redtool goes real in depth with what makes Harley tick, like lists upon lists upon lists, stuff way more than "Joker's crazy girlfriend who gets smacked around." Through one way or another, Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti have demonstrated everyone of those qualities listed, which shows a dedication to making Harley more than the sum of her parts. It's unfortunate that this book often relies too much on the same sort of humor that it was relying on two years ago, because if you're like me, it becomes fatiguing. That said, when this book really wants to be good, it can nail it and be funny as well, this being one of those issues. So I don't know Harley, you're a tiresome and pointless book to write about sometimes, but you got heart... I guess I'll stick with you...

Still not reading the twenty other spin-off titles...

1 comment :

  1. Honestly, Redtool just comes off as them wanting to have Harley and Deadpool do a crossover, so they just made this guy. If that's the case, though, then why not just HAVE Harley and Deadpool do a crossover story??? Call up Marvel, work out the legal issues, and have the writers for both characters come up with something.

    That said, I do find it amazing that the parody character who started off as a rip-off of Deathstroke has now been parodied/ripped off. :P