Comic Reviews: Harley Quinn and The Avengers!
Harley Quinn gets a brand new series, but instead of a standard #1, she’s starting with a #0.Harley Quinn #0, by writers Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Connor, features a rotating cast of artists in a tale that finds Harley breaking the fourth wall all over the place. It’s a crazy book, but thankfully, that’s what makes the book so entertaining.
I’ll start with this: Harley Quinn #0 is a weird book. Like a female Deadpool, Harley breaks the fourth wall constantly, conversing with Palmiotti and Connor in a search to find a suitable artist for her upcoming series. That’s essentially the entire plot of this issue in a nutshell. However, this opens up the book to be as out there and hilarious as possible. With a new artist each page, you get a lot of bang for your buck, and the in jokes about books like All-Star Western and the Before Watchmen series are hilarious.
When it comes to the art in this issue, you definitely get your $3 worth. Featuring one-page layouts from the likes of Jim Lee, Bruce Timm, Tradd Moore, Walter Simonson, Tony Daniel, Becky Cloonan, and more, there’s a ton of fantastic artwork waiting for you in this book. Amanda Connor bookends the issue with her always-fantastic art, and the amount of fun that each artist has drawing Harley is clearly shown in their work. If you’re a comic book fan that favors the pretty pictures over the words, Harley Quinn is THE book to get this week.
I was really surprised by Harley Quinn #0, and while it doesn’t give us any clues as to what the overall tone or drive behind her upcoming monthly will be, I still had a lot of fun reading this issue. The constant stream of new artists popping up every page keeps you guessing, and there are moments here that are extremely funny. Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Connor’s script keeps things light and very fast, and also shows that they’re not above making fun of each other. If the regular series is half as fun as this issue we’re in for a treat.
The latest chapter of “Infinity” continues in Avengers #23, the last big issue before the big smack down finale in Infinity #6 next week. Those hoping to see the Avengers finally throw down with Thanos on Earth will be disappointed, but there’s still some fairly epic moments here, with surprisingly little “Hickman-speak”.
That’s right, even though this issue is written by Infinity mastermind Jonathan Hickman, it’s the least “Hickmany” this event has been since the Free Comic Book Day issue last year. This may be due to the fact that I’ve gotten used to Jonathan Hickman’s weird pseudoscience explanations for everything, or he may have actually toned it down. Regardless, we see the Avengers planning to head to Earth, while a select few travel to the S.W.O.R.D. headquarters to rescue them from Thanos’ forces.
That’s about it.
Thankfully Leinil Yu is on hand to draw some pretty pictures and gross space aliens. Yu’s art is extremely dynamic, and definitely conveys the grand space opera spectacle that we’ve come to expect from Infinity. Ronan The Accuser looks badass smashing alien heads, and Captain America looks like the leader we all know and love.
Don’t get me wrong, I love Yu’s work and I’ve enjoyed the Infinity event, but I was really hoping for more from this issue. With one installment left for the Avengers to battle Thanos, I’m starting to get a little worried that the end result will end up being extremely rushed. A lot of hype has been built up about Thanos’ attack on Earth, but a lot of the story in this crossover has focused on the Avengers battle with the Builders (which in hindsight could’ve just been covered in the regular Avengers series).
With that in mind, I really hope we get the battle that we’ve been expecting in Infinity #6. But with only one issue left of the event, I’m not very optimistic. We’ll find out in a week I suppose.