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Review: Harley Quinn #52
[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 Two follows the story of a hero taken out of time. Captain Triumph, from the golden age of DC heroes, is left stranded in our time after Harley and Jonni DC break, then fix, DC continuity.
As Harley is debating on whether or not being one the good guys is worth it, she helps a hero who is struggling to stay heroic!
I really enjoy the contrast between these two characters and their interactions with each other. The conflict that each of them go through individually makes for an interesting read.
I like that neither of them are portrayed as the bad guy. I think Humphries does that really well, writes characters that toe the line between bad and good. Characters that live within the pages of a Harley Quinn comic need to operate in that grey area.
I really enjoyed the artwork in this issue too. The cartoony style of the Harley Quinn comic is starting to grow on me. It’s starting to feel like a comic with a bit of an over-arching theme. There’s definitely something that lies just beneath the surface of the ‘villain of the week’ that the comic has going for it currently.
I feel like, with the last few issues as well, as soon as I start to like, or feel connected to a character; they are ripped away from me. Tina of Apokolips, now Captain Triumph.
If you’re reading this Humphries, please keep a character on for more than a couple of issues. Like you’re doing with Harley’s mum. Who seems like an interesting character indeed.
I thoroughly enjoyed this comic, and the two-part run that it was a part of. Harley Quinn is going from strength to strength and that’s down to the creative team working on the project. I certainly hope they keep working on it all together. And I look forward to seeing where it takes Harley next.
Images Courtesy of DC Entertainment
review was originally published on the DC Comics News website on October 19th 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…