Vol 2: Joker Loves Harley
DC Universe Rebirth
Story by: Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti
Art by: John Timms, Chad Hardin, Brandon Peterson, Moritat, Bret Belvins, Joseph Michael Linsner, Michael Kaluta, Inaki Miranda, Andrew Robinson, Alex Sinclair, HI-FI
Story: Harley is having some issues, she has been dreaming really weird dreams and a friend suggests taking a vacation. So Harley and Poison Ivy take off to the Bahamas for a week but after a week Harley doesn’t feel any better she kind of feels worse because Ivy is still picking her cause over Harley not to mention the weird things Harley has been getting in the mail that are supposedly coming from the Joker. Wanting to vent her frustrations Harley goes back to the Roller Derby. Once there she learns someone who she previously wiped the rink with, Big Bertha, is back and out for vengeance and is in the process of kicking Harley’s butt when someone shoots Big Bertha in the head. Harley gets back to her place only to find The Joker sitting in her living room. Flabbergasted she kicks him out but only after she agrees to meet him again tomorrow on the boardwalk. Until then Harley is still restless so Red Tool and her go to the underground tunnels where they previously found a room of doors, one in particular caught her fancy, it’s all chained up. After Red Tool and Harley find what was in there and kick it butt, or should I say blow it the fuck up, Harley goes to bed to catch some much needed sleep. In Red Tools misguided need to protect Harley he sets her clock back so he can meet the Joker and deal with him himself.
Art: It’s so funny how long Harley’s hair grows in the span of one comic to the other. It was short Mohawk for her Punk Rocker undercover gig and her and Ivy’s vacation and in the next one it’s back to the long length again. The art is what I have come to expect with a Harley comic humorous and graphic. Very well done.
Characters: Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, Red Tool, Frankie, The Joker, Eggy, Sy and Zena Borgman, Summer Daze, Sky Scrapper, Big Bertha and the whole Quinn crew.
Review: This was a real emotional story for Harley between her feelings for Ivy and the Joker she feels like she has so many unresolved issues and is pretty stagnate where she is in her life right now. The appearance of the Joker throws her off her game even more. Harley isn’t quite Harley in these issues she’s depressed and angry and the Joker seems to be the right outlet. As sad as this was it kept with the silly and morbid humor. The Christmas special at the end was perfect Christmas special cheese, very funny.