Harley Quinn Vol. 2: Joker Loves Harley by Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Conner and John Timms (graphic novel review).

These latest adventures of Harley Quinn, taken from her own title, # 8-13 from 2016-17, has gotten ever more surreal. Would the old Harley go on holiday…sorry, vacation, let alone save Santa Claus in the last story in this second volume of ‘DC Universe Rebirth’?

The real gist of these six stories comes from having the Joker come back into her life as witnessed by the cover. However, these actions are total spoiler as things aren’t quite what they seem and no one observes that real super-villains don’t tend to lose their teeth and don’t wear gum-shields. Come to that, neither do the super-heroes.

Outside of the occasion reference to a certain dark knight and her ex-paramour, only the presence of Poison Ivy in the opening story confirms any connection to the DC Universe. Not that I want wall-to-wall guest-stars, this is set in the waterfront of Gotham City and you should see more connections. Still, its probably early days and volume 3 is advertised.

The one thing in its favour is the art, led by John Timms and a listed 8 artists is detailed and expressive. What Harley really needs is something to really try her patience. Come to think of it, she doesn’t have much in that department.

GF Willmetts

October 2020

(pub: DC Comics, 2020. Page graphic novel softcover. Price: I pulled my copy for £ (UK). ISBN: 978-1-40127-095-7)

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Geoff Willmetts has been editor at SFCrowsnest for some 21 plus years now, showing a versatility and knowledge in not only Science Fiction, but also the sciences and arts, all of which has been displayed here through editorials, reviews, articles and stories. With the latter, he has been running a short story series under the title of ‘Psi-Kicks’ If you want to contribute to SFCrowsnest, read the guidelines and show him what you can do. If it isn’t usable, he spends as much time telling you what the problems is as he would with material he accepts. This is largely how he got called an Uncle, as in Dutch Uncle. He’s not actually Dutch but hails from the west country in the UK.

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