Harley Quinn #50 Review

Writer: Sam Humphries
Artists: John Timms, Whilce Portacio, Agnes Garbowska, John McCrea, Kelley Jones, Jon Davis-Hunt, Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund, Scott Kolins, Dan Jurgens, Guillem March, Mirka Andolfo, Babs Tarr, Tom Grummett and Cam Smith

Spoilers ahead!

We get an extra-stuffed issue of Harley Quinn this week. Her continuity is all out of whack in an issue that is so confusing, you would have sworn Grant Morrison wrote it.

Harley finds a comic book filled with her own exploits. The problem is that the comic book she’s reading catches up to her current continuity, at which point, everything gets thrown out of whack. Robin is a rat. The Kents won Superman on a game show. No one’s origin story is safe.

The best part of this issue is the array of artwork we get to see. As you can tell from up top, a lot of artists and colorists worked on this issue, each one getting a couple pages to show off their stuff. It makes for an intriguing read that always has you looking forward to what’s coming up next.

Most of the issue plays with surreal meta humor, but it gets taken to the next level at the very end. The person behind all this was a Harley Quinn fan, and Quinn’s partner throughout all this espouses how a person’s love for a character can result in continuity errors, but that’s all part of the power of comic books. Not everything always matches up. But as long as someone puts in all their heart and talent into a project, who cares if it messes up a few things about a character’s history?

This issue celebrates Harley Quinn’s 50th issue in an appropriate manner. It plays around with breaking the fourth wall but also shows the impact Quinn has had on people since she came into existence. There are plenty of Harley stories yet to come, and as long as they continue to be as entertaining as this one, Quinn will always have fans.

Overall Score: 9/10

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