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Review: Harley Quinn #53
[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers]
Writer: Sam Humphries
Artist: Lucas Werneck
Colors: Alex Sinclair
Letters: Dave Sharpe
Review by Philip Clark
“Minor Disasters!” Part One jumps into a crazy, adrenaline fuelled adventure with Harley Quinn and Tina the camerawoman. Minor Disaster, the daughter of Major Disaster, has set out to make Harley’s life a living hell with a series of unfortunate events.
Humphries does a fantastic job at writing a side-by-side story of the contrasting characters. There are however, many similarities to the characters too. Minor Disaster wants nothing more than to be loved and accepted by her father, whereas Harley needs to be loved and adored by her fans in order to gain money and pay for the damages of her last excursion.
There are very raw emotions in this issue, something that the Harley Quinn comic deals with on a rather regular basis. Not one to shy away from the spotlight, or expressing her emotions, Harley’s more in the spotlight than ever before. I am incredibly glad that Tina of Apokolips is back in the issue, even if it is just behind the camera. There’s almost a throwaway comment of how Tina feels since she’s been back, a throwaway comment that I feel will come back to play a part in a later story run.
As much as I like this issue, I feel that the story moves to quickly from one point to the next. The Harley Quinn comics tend to jump cut in general anyway, but this issue feels like one of the worst ones in a while. What I would’ve liked to have had is a bit more of a villain’s arch. I like the background villain that is portrayed by Humphries in Minor Disaster, but I feel the character craves to be in the spotlight.
Harley also deals with villains better when in the ‘public eye’. She’s not really one known for cloak and dagger subterfuge, but more well known for publicly dealing with her enemies.
Humphries has written a fantastic story that is almost a direct representation of today’s fame and popularity. It gives us a peak behind the screen, and what it takes to create an online personality. All the emotion and hard work that goes into pouring your soul for your adoring fans, only to receive criticism and mean comments.
The artwork in this issue is also sublime, one of the best drawn Harley Quinn issues for a long time. A brand new artist working on the comic is exactly what was needed.
Images Courtesy of DC Entertainment
review was originally published on the DC Comics News website on November 10th 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…