Title: Harley Quinn (2016-) #44
Writer: Christopher Sebela
Artist: Mirka Andolfo
Cover: John Timms
Publication Date: June 20, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: “When Harley Quinn finds herself hammer-deep in a paranoid spiral, the last thing she needs is for someone to blow up her favorite bodega! Worse, the only clue she finds seems to indicate Harley herself was the actual target of the attack! What’s a girl to do when she’s pushed all her friends away just as someone decides to kill her?”
Harley Quinn finds herself in the midsts of not one, but two crazy cults in this issue. The groups are working collaboratively for their own purposes. Lucky for Harley Quinn, her sunny disposition and knack for problem solving has crafted the perfect plan. Step one convert a person from each cult. Step two infiltrate the cults. Step three kick-ass. The plan goes mostly as planned, with a few missteps along the way.
Harley Quinn never disappoints where antics are concerned. The story is classic Harley Quinn and is full of her unique personality. Christopher Sebela crafts some truly disturbing villains who are as unique as they are bizarre. The Reapers and the Pigs appear as if they are something right out of Arkham Asylum, working well with Harley Quinn’s own story. Sebela also plays with Harley Quinn’s own mental status in this issue; this dual battle pits Harley Quinn against herself and the villains, ending in a resounding victory for our anti-hero. Keeping with the issue’s light tone, Sebela adds a bit of romance to the final few pages, because who doesn’t love a good meet-cute? Two young people brought together from opposing cults, just like Romeo and Juliet, but without the Friar. Sebela reminds readers that Harley Quinn is a true romantic at heart.
Mirka Andolfo’s clean and detailed artwork brings Sebela’s story together by creating the bizarre world of Reapers and Pigs. I have to also mention John Timms’ stunning artwork for the cover, truly great work.
This is a great conclusion: the good gal wins, the cults are defeated, and there’s even a dash of romance. What more could you want for a happy ending?
The Bottom Line:
Harley Quinn (2016-) #44 is a solid issue; Harley Quinn kicks some serious butt while working through her own personal issues. Sebela and Andolfo craft a well plotted conclusion to Harley Quinn’s tale of two cults.