Harley Quinn #49 Review

Writer: Sam Humphries
Artist: Alisson Borges
Colors: Gabe Eltaeb

Spoilers ahead!

After taking a quick detour for Harley to hang out with Gossamer, we return to the main storyline and the conclusion to Harley’s attempts to kill Lord Death Man. Her initial attempts to kill him proved fruitless, leading to a thrilling display of violence.

First, the Tina plot line ends up in the exact same way you knew it would. Tina saves a bus full of people, and that’s all it takes for New Yorkers to warm up to her. That’s it. Rather than have society accept her for who she is, she has to prove she has some utilitarian worth. It’s kind of like how all the other reindeer only began to like Rudolph once he proved he could be useful to society.

Harley, on the other hand, spends the issue setting up the most elaborate trap ever to kill Lord Death Man and get the money to save her building. It’s actually a fairly impressive trap she set, complete with Lord Death Man getting eaten by vicious animals, dragged by an airplane, and blown up with dynamite.

It’s just weird because it’s been proven Lord Death Man cannot be killed by normal means. There’s no reason for Harley to assume he would die from all these mortal methods. It’s a lot, but there’s no reason why it would work in the first place.

The only reason the plan works is due to the fact the mysterious benefactor behind the money happens to be Lord Death Man himself. Turns out he has quite the crush on Harley Quinn. In fact, he went full Helga Pataki and made a shrine to her. It’s a bit of a deus ex machina development, but hopefully it will lead to some interesting storylines in the future.

The last two pages tease a far more interesting story than this one. I for one am looking forward to seeing what the writers have cooking for that.

Overall Score: 5/10

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