Title: Harley Quinn (2016-) #46
Writer: Sam Humphries
Artist: John Timms
Cover: Guillem March, Tomeu Morey
Publication Date: July 18, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: “Then, it’s Fury vs. Fury in a furious showdown! Harley’s tasked with bringing in Petite Tina-except, turns out, the reason she failed as a Fury is that she’s not furious enough! She’s kind, good-hearted and oppressed-and now Harley’s the one oppressing her. Harley’s caught between a rock and a hard place: give up her amazing superpowers and free Tina and the other oppressed Lowlies, or keep bashing stuff with a super-hammer and having fun. What’s a girl to do?”
Harley Quinn just wants someone to love her. Unfortunately, that’s not what she’s found on Apokolips. Instead, Harley Quinn has been manipulated by an evil Granny and become a Fury. Now Harley Quinn is working for an evil old lady who is kidnapping innocent people. Will our anti-hero come to her senses and get back to Earth? Or will she be doomed to fate on Apokolips?
Harley Quinn is always full of antics and surprises. Just when you think you’ve got the girl figured out she up and disappears off the face of the planet, literally. Sam Humphries does a great job filling this issue with Harley Quinn’s personality. Her struggle to be happy and good is such a crucial part of her characters and Humphries brings that to the forefront of the issue. But he also toys with other elements of Harley’s personality, her impatient behavior, her quick wit, and her secret heart of gold. The storyline itself has progressed Harley Quinn right into a classic sticky situation, but I’m excited to see how she uses the ol’ noggin to figure her way out of it. As for the action, classic kick-ass Harley Quinn. She may be a girl slightly unhinged, but she’s no push over.
John Timms’ artwork in this issue crafts the vibrant world of Apokolips beyond Humphries words with bold colors that emphasize the planet’s violent nature. Timms creates the perfect balance between word and art, amping up Humphries script with highly detailed scenes.
The Bottom Line:
Another solid Harley Quinn issue; Humphries creates a great pace in the issue between action and information weaving in plenty of Harley Quinn’s over-the-top personality. Timms visualization of Apokolips has a kind of vintage video game feel, with its vibrant colors and interesting settings.