Review: Future State - Harley Quinn #2

“Future State: Harley Quinn” – Part Two

Writer: Stephanie Phillips

Artist: Simone Di Meo
Color Artist: Tamra Bonvillain
Letterer: ALW’s Troy Peteri
Review by Kendra Hale

I’ve been waiting patiently, and now Future State: Harley Quinn #2 is finally here! The first issue left us with Harley Quinn having begun to earn Jonathan Crane’s trust, by helping him catch the villains that he couldn’t on his own. Harley’s certainly proven her worth, and started to earn her freedom.

I Never Liked Masks

In the second part of Harley Quinn’s Future State story, Scarecrow and Harley are going after the biggest fish left; Black Mask, AKA Roman Sionis. Roman isn’t unaware of the forces working against him, and being the businessman that he is  moves on the information. Harley has told Crane how to beat Roman, but the villain’s reluctant to do what needs to be done to win. Will it be fear that finally takes down the Scarecrow, the man who claims to be its master?

What Terrors Do You See? 

The artwork in Future State: Harley Quinn #2 is so different to what we usually get, but is really a joy to look at, particularly the panels where the artwork seems to literally light up the scene. This is a solid testament to the skill level of the artists who brought this tale to life.  Stunning work, to say the least. 

Stephanie Phillips gives us a wonderful story, and Simone Di Meo and Tamra Bonvillain bring it to stunning life. One of the greatest scenes shows Jonathan Crane in a full page shot, and he looks gleefully evil. It’s one of my favorite moments of the issue. 

Conclusion

Future State has given readers many tales featuring their favorite heroes, but in new ways and in new worlds that they’ve yet to adapt to. If anyone’s a queen of adaptability, it’s Harley, and she proves it in all her comics. If this is any indication of how her story will go, and how we see her going forward, I can’t wait to read more. 

Images Courtesy Of DC Entertainment

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