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Review: Harley Quinn #41
[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers]
Writer: Frank Tieri
Artists: Inaki Miranda & Moritat
Review by Philip Clark
“Angry Bird" - Finale sees the return of Harley. She’s back in town, and here to take down The Penguin and his goons. After making up with her friends, Harley confronts Cobblepot in an epic battle.
This issue is all action. From first panel to last, the comic is jam-packed with fight scenes. Harley’s commentary of the surrounding events as they unfold, make the comic both fun to read and to look at. It’s not all sunshine and happy times when Harley returns however, having to give a speech to her ex-friends that is heart-felt and emotional.
Frank Tieri does a brilliant job of writing this issue. Having Harley showing her kind, genuine side in tandem with the usual crazy Harley we’re accustomed to seeing. It’s refreshing to see Harley written in such a heart-warming way. This is the Harley Quinn that I enjoy reading, the one that has heart and emotion. But you also know that if she gets pushed too hard, she’ll go absolutely bonkers. I find characters like that to be highly entertaining to read, and Tieri does a great job of blending all of Harley’s personalities together.
The artwork within the issue isn’t to be scoffed at either. Inaki Miranda and Moritat do an excellent job at creating lively and vibrant scenes, to match the personalities on the page. Miranda is the main artist throughout the comic, with Moritat drawing the art on pages 12, 13, 14, 18, 19 and 20. Honestly, I can’t tell that the artist changed for a few pages, they both do such a good job at incorporating the art styles of each other into their work.
There is, at times, too much going on in one panel. With the epic conclusion of this run, there is an epic battle. Both Harley and Penguin bringing in some aid from their friends, means a lot of people on one page. Leading to somewhat confusion, it can be easy to loose yourself on a page playing a weird game of “Where’s Waldo?” the DC version. These are however, only a few panels that have this issue.
Overall, this is a fine conclusion to the “Angry Bird” story arch. With Harley back in her old stomping grounds, with her crew back in toll and a lesson well-learnt. That she can’t do what she does alone.
Images Courtesy Of DC Entertainment
review was originally published on the DC Comics News website on April 6th 2018)
FINALLY! Well readers, Spoiler season has begun. Wizards teased us so heavily on the 19th with Vona's Hunger, but now we've finally seen the first of what Rivals of Ixalan has to offer. River Darter is, I think, intended for Draft, along the same lineage as Audacious Infiltrator. Thrashing Brontodon is also very good in Limited, being able to pop Pious Interdictions or Ixalan's Bindings, but may even see sideboard play in Dinosaur decks in Constructed to remove Cast Out, God Pharaoh's Gift or Gearhulks.
Rob Lane provides the bottom end in Ryan Hamilton and the Traitors. Onstage he’s a blur of hair,
throwing shapes with his trusty bass like a full on rock star. Away from the
band, he heads up his own project Straight
To Video, a mix of rock/punk music which draws influence from eighties
culture in general, as well as creating some cool merchandise to go along with
the music. Rob was cool enough to chat to us recently about
music, the eighties and being a geek.
Scott Hamilton: Would
you like to tell us a bit about yourself Rob? Rob Lane: Hey
Scott.... Thanks so much for reaching out! So, I guess I start with introducing
myself.... my name's Rob Lane... a bass player from the East Midlands /
Nottingham / Derby area. I've been actively playing with various bands for the
best part of 20 years. For over ten years I was the bassist for Nottingham
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we had a pretty good run from 2003 through to November of last year, …
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