Writer: Sam Humphries
Artist: Sami Basri
Colorists: Alex Sinclair
Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Cover Artists: Guillem March & Arif Prianto
Variant Cover Artists: Frank Cho & Sabine Rich
Assistant Editor: Andrea Shea
Editor: Alex Antone
Group Editor: Brian Cunningham
Harley Quinn created by PAUL DINI and BRUCE TIMM
Harley Quinn is written by Sam Humphries, features art from Sami Basri, and follows the continuing adventures of a reformed Harley Quinn as she faces the six trials to become the Angel of Retribution.
Harley Quinn was just on a run-of-the-mill (well, for her) errand when she suddenly found herself trapped in S.T.A.R. Labs, surrounded by an invading swarm of interdimensional monsters. As she races through the facility fighting for her life, she finds that there are even more surprises lurking in the shadows, and the skills she’ll need to escape are not what she expected.
I really loved this installment of Harley’s journey through the trials. This issue wasted no time getting Harley into a pickle, and with the personal stakes amped up for our leading lady, there was a kind of frantic emotional energy underlying all the action, making the whole thing pack a powerful punch.
Sami Basri’s art was beautiful, horrifying, and vivid, evoking all the right emotions for each scene. And I can’t say enough good things about Alex Sinclair’s coloring—there were a lot of unique lighting changes in this issue, and Sinclair’s work somehow balanced the realistic representation of light against the fantastical elements of the story perfectly. This dynamic duo’s art shines most on page 19, where we are treated to a beautiful mixture of powerful storytelling and outstanding artwork. I lingered on that page for a long time just admiring all the talent that went into creating it.
Guillem March and Arif Prianto gave us cover art that perfectly captures the tone of the story and Harley’s fighting spirit, and Frank Cho’s splash page of Harley sitting quietly beneath a flock of birds, with the only color being the pink and blue in her hair, might be one of my favorite pieces of Harley Quinn art ever.
I also very much enjoyed Harley’s interactions with the other characters who showed up in this issue, especially her guide through the trials, Mirand’r. I feel like Harley finally got to say some things that she needed to vocalize, even if the situation was a bit out of control.
And of course, familial love is always a big win for me, so watching Harley be motivated by a desire to help her mother, and seeing a few hilariously adorable moments between them, put a smile on my face.
All in all, this was an excellent addition to the Harley Quinn series, and I’m excited to see what comes next. It gave her a powerful and surprisingly moving opportunity for growth, and the lessons she learned in completing this trial feel like they will have large—and positive—ramifications for her character as time goes on. There were several moments of surprise in this issue as the reader gets to enjoy slowly figuring out what exactly is going on alongside Harley. And the resolution is unexpected, yet very satisfying. However, things never stay resolved for long in Harley’s life, and the hints for the next issue have me eagerly awaiting its release.