Writer: Sam Humphries
Artist: John Timms
Colorist: Alex Sinclair
Letterer: Dave Sharpe
I’ve been wanting to see this kind of storyline for a while. After getting framed for murder, Harley Quinn has to convince Batman she’s innocent. It leads to a fun, thrilling story of polar opposites trying to cooperate to figure out who murdered the doctor.
Harley’s origins began as just the Joker’s girlfriend. She became a part of Batman’s rogues gallery in her own right, but these days, she’s assumed the “anti-hero” mold. It’s fascinating whenever her past comes into play with who she is now. She tries to do the right thing, even if that may mean bashing a few heads in. And in the latest issue, she has to convince Batman, the one person who has no reason whatsoever to trust her, to give her the benefit of the doubt.
I was pretty excited to see the return of Lord Death Man, who still has a crush on Harley. While their fight was short-lived, solving the mystery was always the B-plot. The main thrust of the story involves Harley needing to show she’s deserving of a second chance. Batman finally comes to take a liking to Harley, and I hope that means more Harley and Batman team-ups in the future.
This story is great on its own. But it also functions well as the beginning of a longer arc. Harley still has five more trials to go through, so I’m figuring that’s where Harley will go for the foreseeable future. As long as the rest of the trials are as satisfying as this one, I’m all in.
Harley Quinn comics are much more than funny adventures where she breaks the fourth wall. They are also a glimpse into what people who have made mistakes in the past can do when given the chance. Harley is much more than DC’s answer to Deadpool. She shows there is hope for everyone with regrets.
Overall Score: 10/10