This issue was more of a bridge but it that doesn’t mean that it lacked in the Fun Factor.
This part focused primarily on the confrontation between Harley Quinn the father of the man that Harley’s new squeeze, Mason Macabre accidentally killed. Emphasis on the word accident. The rest of the issue involved the rest of Harley’s extended family stopping the henchmen on the Mayor’s henchman who was the one actually responsible for transferring Mason from prison to Arkham Asylum.
I wouldn’t call #24 complete filler. We got to see Harley’s team work together to stop Cecil’s henchmen when they raid the hideout. There was some interaction between Zena Bendamova and Harvey Quinn and we also got to see Goat Boy help out a new Harley recruit. The artwork is fantastic but a part of me wondered if we were going to see more of Harley’s new extended family instead of Harley herself. It’s not that I am against new players. I just wondered/worried if the book will rely too much on the team making quips on being all smashy smashy.
That being said, Harley does have a fascinating array of supporting characters on her roster:
- Harlem Harley is African American
- Bolly Quinn is Asian.
- Sy and Zena are no Spring Chickens
- Harvey Quinn is the token guy.
- Mike the Rooster
I like to commend the team for creating a very diverse team without them making a big issue out of it. Unlike some writers, they just do it. They don’t create characters to demonstrate how ‘open minded’ they are. They don’t make a big stink about diversity and in a time where race and gender (and age) representation are big issues, I think that Palmiotti and Conner do a fantastic job incorporating these elements and do so effortlessly without feeling like it was being pandered to me.
The part that stood out to me was the confrontation between Harley and the mayor. What I liked about this part was that it demonstrated that Harley is capable of being serious to the point and dangerous. The mayor wouldn’t without being protected by guards. She is a credible threat even when she is not smashing things around with her mallet. She can have a thoughtful and personal conversation about saving the life of someone that she cares about. Her reaction when he stuffed a cig between her breasts to snub her was priceless.
It didn’t look dirty or pervy. To me, it was more dismissive and condescending. I thought that the artwork here perfectly captured a moment that any other artist would have interpreted one way and artist Chad Hardin did so brilliantly. The obviously sexual suggestion didn’t have that dirty connotation. I clearly saw it but disappeared not long after. If others would have done this, they would have been labeled as ‘nasty’ or ‘perverted’ however they would have drawn it. Chad Hardin did it in a way that made it looked more like a massive diss.
I would definitely love to see more of this Harley.
It wasn’t an issue that you would expect to see some deep philosophical revelation about Harley or some meta observation about the art form. I will commend Amanda Conner for having a fantastic grasp of the male form. Because of Harvey Quinn, I can’t wait to see the new “Harley Quinn and her Gang of Harleys” mini.