“Thanks for threatening our lives to get on the show!” (Harley Quinn #64 Comic Review)

Writer: Sam Humphries
Artist: Sami Basri
Letterer: Steve Wands
Colors: Jessica Kholine and Hi-Fi
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 OINI and BRUCE TIMM
Superman created by JERRY SIEGEL and JOE SHUSTER by special arrangement with the Jerry Siegel Family.

Harley Quinn is written by Sam Humphries, features art from Sami Basri, and features Harley Quinn, her friends, and her family gathering around her mother for some comics, comfort, and company.

Summary:

It’s getting meta up in here.

Harley Quinn continues this issue by reading the Harley Quinn comic she was reading last time. Her mother is still comatose, but as always, Harley isn’t going to let this stop her from being by her mother’s side. Her family and friends join her in this trying time.

Thoughts:

Boy, what a whirlwind! This issue was hilarious, emotional, intriguing, and above all—too short! Which is not really true, as it clocks in at a fairly average page count, but be forewarned right now: This will leave you with a doozy of a cliffhanger.

As Harley sits vigilant by her mother’s bedside, she struggles to stay positive. Harley is an optimistic girl, but it can be daunting to face down your beloved mother lying helpless in a coma, while all you can do is read her comics.

Luckily, Harley isn’t alone long—her father, brothers, and closest friends all show up to show their support and stay by her side. And Harley, looking for a way to keep everyone’s minds off the cancer, takes to reading her comic.

This comic is a hilarious crossover issue, all about an “evolved” Lex Luthor (now going by “Apex Lex”) who wants comic-Harley to join his “Year of the Villain” event. Comic-Harley, unsurprisingly, refuses and tells Lex to buzz off…which he ignores. He offers her everything he can think of—new gear, wildest fantasies, even Wi-Fi—but she is unswayed by his temptations, and simply wants to get away from him.

This leads to comic-Harley jumping from story line to story line, crashing various other comics in an attempt to escape Lex. We run into some old favorites, and even spot a couple writer cameos, only to have Lex find her again and again.

But Harley is steadfast—she has made her decision and nothing can change her mind. When finally she springs a trap that corners Lex, beating him to within an inch of his life, Lex makes her an offer she can’t refuse…but can’t accept. Comic-Harley and our Harley are both stunned, uncertain what to do. But in the last panels of the comic, someone shows up who will change everything, and leave us on the worst cliffhanger I’ve seen in this series yet.

It’s a real emotional roller-coaster.

This masterfully-told story is supported by beautiful art that seamlessly jumps between styles and tones, shifting as comic-Harley bounces from one comic to another. There are also some fantastic subtle details, like the lighting in the hospital room late at night, and our poor Harley looking disheveled and tired. There are also a couple simple yet stunning parallels between comic-Harley and our Harley, touching on the fragile emotional state poor Harley is in, watching her mother’s illness progress while she stands helplessly from the sidelines.

Suffice to say, issue #65 better hurry up, because I need some answers, and Harley needs some solutions.

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E.V. Jacob
E.V. Jacob is an artist some days, a scientist others, and a writer always. By day, she's a not-so-mild-mannered business woman, and by night, she works on her novels, because sleep is for the weak. She is a fan of tea, a hopeless geek, and an Oxford comma enthusiast. Pick up her book, THE SHADOWS, on Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/y5gkjfx6.
Summary
With Harley’s mother now in a coma, and her friends and family gathering around her for support, Harley does all she can do—read an uplifting and hilarious comic and hope the stories and laughter will pull her mother through. But it seems there are other plans laid out for Harley.
Good
  • I loved the meta humor and getting to see so many surprise characters make an appearance
  • Harley’s battles with Lex were top-notch
  • Lots of Feelings™ in this issue—still not 100% sure if that goes in the “good” column or the “bad” column
Bad
  • I wanna know what happens next!
9.5
Amazing
STORY - 10
CHARACTERS - 10
ART - 9
WRITING - 9
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E.V. Jacob is an artist some days, a scientist others, and a writer always. By day, she's a not-so-mild-mannered business woman, and by night, she works on her novels, because sleep is for the weak. She is a fan of tea, a hopeless geek, and an Oxford comma enthusiast. Pick up her book, THE SHADOWS, on Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/y5gkjfx6.

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