Atlee returns to New York with Power Girl just as Harley’s distracting of Zorcrom breaks down and he tosses her across the city (apparently a deli running out of pastrami is reason enough to wreak havoc). Jump ahead to Gotham in the year 2167 where the two finalists in a Batman themed fighting competition prepare for battle. The grand prize is a trip across time to meet The Batman himself. The winner, Devani Kage, has additional plans though. She is going to kill the person who murdered Batman, the one, the only, the infamous, Harley Quinn. Back in the present, our heroines’ next plan is “a date” between the subterranean terror and Power Girl, who he wants to make his queen. This issue’s lesson: don’t make unwanted sexual advances at Power Girl, it will not end well for you. Across town, we receive confirmation about the group rounding up the homeless which was strongly hinted at until now. No surprise, CANNIBALS. After a short battle with a slightly anticlimactic, all be it amusing, end, our trio parts ways and Harley’s unique personality begins to rub off on Atlee in the form of “that’s what she said jokes.”
Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner do a very good job in delivering a light-hearted adventure, for a character that walks a fine line between humor and darkness, delivering exactly the type of Harley comic I’m so fond of. A suggestion of murder? Check. Girl crush on Power Girl? Check. Serious comments too ridiculous not to chuckle at? Check. Palmiotti and Conner hit all the notes you want, without beating you over the head with them.
I’m torn on the artwork. I like the concept of having different artists for different parts of the story. It breaks up the monotony and makes a strong visual distinction between, currently non-connecting storylines. I am also a big fan of the work John Timms and Alex Sinclair do. Most of Harley Quinn #16 is beautifully done, in regards to art, color and panel layout. My problem comes with the style of the pages that take place in the future. Joseph Michael Linsner’s style just doesn’t do it for me. It’s overly cartoonish, lacks page layout creativity, and most panels have no background. While the action flows nicely, the other shortcomings took me out of the story a bit and ruined the issue’s overall flow.
For an arc that I can only describe as filler, I was pleased with its execution overall. Going forward, this issue has me excited over a number things.
- The coming brutality in the cannibal story line.
- Harley Quinn vs Devani Kane: How, when, and why our girl Harley bests The Bat.
- Paul Dini, the creator of Harley Quinn, “joins the crew to take us back to the good ol’ days”