Harley Quinn Vol. 5: Vote Harley by Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, John Timms and Alex Sinclair (graphic novel review).

With a title like ‘Vote Harley’, it’s a sure bet who has entered the race to become New York’s mayor. When Harley Quinn hits hard at the local crime scene, it all leads back to the mayor’s office and she is determined to kick him out the legal way and his illegal operations with him. Thing is, Mayor DePerto and his right-hand person, Madison Berkowitz, play dirty. Using the Scarecrow to give Harley hallucinations in a public debate has the reverse and sympathetic effect so they go after her lover.

She has to call on members of her own gang and well…definitely spoiler. So is the aftermath, hence a smaller precis than usual.

Although this version of Harley Quinn isn’t as psychotic as her predecessors, she sees her parents for the Illuminatti’s sake, element of the stories are like an extreme soap story which tends to propel you to find out what happens next.

It looks like there are at least 2 or 3 volumes to get right up-to-date, but you do have to wonder how long it will take for this Harley Quinn to go right over the edge rather than have downtime to get over trauma and remind people she is a dangerous psychotic.

GF Willmetts

December 2020

(pub: DC Comics, 2018. 168 page graphic novel softcover. Price: I pulled my copy for about £10.00 (UK). ISBN: 978-1-40127-882-3)

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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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