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Review: Harley Quinn #51
[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers]
Writer: Sam Humphries
Artist: Sami Basri
Colors: Alex Sinclair
Letters: Dave Sharpe
Review by Philip Clark
“Triumph” Part One is probably one of the best written issues of Harley Quinn that I have read in a long time. After the events of last issue, Captain Triumph is stranded in our time. A Golden Age hero, bumbling his way through our society. As I’m sure you can imagine, chaos ensues.
I’m a huge fan of a good time travel story. And while this doesn’t specifically state about any time travel. It’s certainly obvious that Captain Triumph doesn’t belong in our time stream. Being transported, and stuck in our era after Harley crashes the DC continuity in the last issue, Captain Triumph is just trying to figure out where he is and what he’s doing there.
Humphries does a brilliant job with Harley in this issue. She’s less balls to the wall crazy, and just slightly quirky, which is how I like to have my Harley Quinn. I really like the relationship between Harley and her mother. I think it’s great that she’s got this strong, loving woman to look up to. I hope to see more of her mom in later issues, maybe going into Harley’s childhood a bit, or what it was like raising her.
The artwork in the issue is great, some of the best I’ve seen in a Harley Quinn issue for a long time. I think Basri does a great, consistent job; which has been the problem with the last few comics. The lettering is a lot easier on the eye in this issue too. Previously I feel that the lettering has been a bit loud, sometimes taking away from the panel and even the feel of the story.
Where is my Tina of Apokolips!?! I think the issue could really have done with some Tina. As both a physical challenge to Captain Triumph, as well as an emotional support. Both characters are going through something similar, and I feel that they would have really clicked. I sure hope that Harley crashing the continuity hasn’t wiped her out of this timeline.
I do, unfortunately, think that some of the Harley Quinn issues have been falling into a bit of a similar routine, or story arch. In which, Harley turns up to a situation, acts of the wall crazy and things get a lot worse, and a lot crazier before ultimately getting better. I hope that this one doesn’t do that and Humphries takes this story to the high potential it has.
Overall, this was a breath of fresh air from the stale Harley Quinn title. I hope it continues that way. A good start to what I hope is a solid story run from the new creative team.
Images Courtesy of DC Entertainment
review was originally published on the DC Comics News website on October 8th 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…