Challenge 2: Day 144: Harley Quinn: Harley Loves Joker #2 (2018)

COMIC TITLE: Harley Quinn: Harley Loves Joker #2 (2018)
Bret Blevins– Artist
Paul Dini– Writer
May 16, 2018
DC Comics

f168699Earlier in the month, I picked up the first issue of a two issue miniseries involving my favorite couple in the Joker and Harley Quinn who are the subject of Harley Quinn: Harley Loves Joker. Things were going pretty good for the demented duo as Harley was able to acquire a new place for them to rest their heads in-between jobs, but there is just some trouble with that as well as another problem. You see Harley stole the place from a couple and The Joker doesn’t know about it, but she has a limited amount of time to pay the people that remodeled the place for her or they’ll blow it up. The other issue is that an old college friend of Harley’s has returned and she’s closing in on her territory earning the trust of The Joker and her name is the Grison. In the second issue, Harley is struggling with the idea of Grison getting close to The Joker and she’s desperate to earn her man back. Unfortunately, they plan a big job and she is left out of it, but the real question is what kind of consequences is her jealousy going to create?

HQLJ_2_1One of the things I loved about this issue is the eternal struggle that plays inside the mind of Harley Quinn as we witness it firsthand. We see Harley on the shrink’s couch and the shrink is Harleen Quinzell and her mother happens to be there as well. It’s a dynamic that plays all the way through the comic and I loved it especially when you see Dr. Harleen transform into the more current version of Harley which is a strong and independent woman. I honestly thought that was a cool thing that both Paul Dini and Bret Blevins brought to this issue and appreciated by a longtime Harley Quinn fan. The other thing that I like about the comic is that Batman didn’t have to have a huge role in this comic for the comic to be effective. It was actually kind of nice to see him play more of a cameo role in this story to be perfectly honest. I honestly would love to see these two return to do more, but that remains to be seen what happens next. Check out my grades below and check out this comic if you’re a fan.

Grades:

Story/Plot: A+

Artwork: A+

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

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