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Comic Review: 'Harley Quinn' Issue #1

Comics and MangaKristina PinoComment

I couldn't resist this book when I saw who the lead writers were: Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti. Granted, I'm a fan of Harley Quinn in general, but I'm woefully behind on comics these days, and I've been dubious of DC Comics. Curiosity won out, and I'm pleased to have picked up this book.

Here's the quick intro: we're seeing Harley as she sets out to start a new life. She's packed everything she owns on the back of a motorbike, and she's moving into a place on Coney Island. When she gets to her new home, she's informed of all the dough she'll have to collect from tenants in her building and pay in taxes in order to keep it afloat, and sets out to get a job. One of her new jobs is roller derby, and it's absolutely perfect. Just perfect. 

Harley #1 is pretty mild in terms of the kind of crazy action her character has the potential for, though we get little bits and pieces of her manic personality. It felt restrained, like this was just a little taste to whet our appetites. The art was handled by Chad Hardin and colors by Alex Sinclair, and without a doubt, everyone contributes something indispensable to the book. The art captures the imagery just perfectly, and gave everything a lovely sense of movement. I was able to read this and actually see it playing out in my mind's eye like a cartoon. And Harley is just perfect for that sort of treatment.

I'm looking forward to reading more of this book. Now, let's just hope I can keep up with it all timely-like.