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Review: Harley Quinn #48
[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers]
Writer: Sam Humphries
Artist: Alisson Borges
Colors: Gabe Eltaeb
Letters: Dave Sharpe
Review by Philip Clark
‘Clown For Hire’ Part One, follows the story of Harley as she returns from Apokolips and has to face the worst part of being a fully functioning adult. Paying her bills!
She has two days left before she, and her friends are evicted from her home. Harley sets out and tries her hand a heap of different jobs, including interning at The Daily Planet. None seem to be quite her fit though, that is until she receives a job alert that entails killing ‘Lord Death Man’.
Harley of course, takes the job.
I love the writing in the issue, it feels like complete and utter Harley Quinn chaos, without it being too overwhelming. Humphries has done a fantastic job at making even the most regular tasks of getting orders right, and picking up coffee, seem nearly impossible to Harley. It makes total sense too! Harley’s not one for doing the boring, day-to-day routine of an intern or taxi driver. She lives for the chaos!
I also really like the character arch of Tina, Harley’s friend from Apokolips. She quite obviously stands out in a crowd, and she knows it. Just from the brief interactions with humans that she has, Tina knows she doesn’t fit in and it affects her. I’m interested to see how Humphries approaches her character going forward.
The artwork was a bit hit or miss in this issue I feel, there were some panels where it was great, and others where it lacked. Which is unfortunate, because I would have loved more consistent art, to partner the writing of the issue.
I also feel like the cliffhanger we were left on in the last issue, and the beginning of this issue, was a bit anti-climactic. When Harley arrives and reads over the paperwork, she finds out she actually has two days left to find enough money to pay her bills. Although that leads to the hilarity of her trying out a whole bunch of different jobs in one morning, I feel that a more heart warming story would have been her trying to get the place back.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this issue of Harley Quinn. I like what Sam Humphries is doing. There are some mentions and what seem to be plot threads littered throughout the issue, as well as the last run, that seem interesting. I’m looking forward to seeing what else Humphries has in store for the wonderful Harley Quinn.
Images Courtesy Of DC Entertainment
review was originally published on the DC Comics News website on August 17th 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
Power Pop Rockers TEENAGE CASKET COMPANY...
we had a pretty good run from 2003 through to November of last year, …
The wind has not left our sails as we continue on with Rivals of Ixalan Spoilers. A cycle of tutors, a flying pirate with a shrink ray, and Jace overcoming his amnesia are on order for today, let's have a look. Well then. If I remember right, the premier Aggro deck of the format played a one mana 2/1 before rotation just because it was a one mana 2/1. Colour shift it, and give it the potential for flying (which isn't hard for the Vampire deck to do) and this thing is going to see play as the other one drop (other than Legion's Landing) for the Vampire deck. Even the flavour text is a joke towards how pushed it seems! Another key piece shown today might be all the pieces Vampires needs. Having something on the same spot on the curve and mana cost Cast Out or Ixalan's Binding but adds to the tribal synergy overall is very needed in a tribal deck. The second line, isn't strictly needed (it's safer to keep this guy out of the red zone) but giving i…