Title: Harley Quinn (2016-) #47
Writer: Sam Humphries
Artist: John Timms
Cover: Guillem March, Tomeu Morey
Publication Date: August 1, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: It’s the grand finale of “HARLEY VS. APOKALIPS”! Harley’s trapped on Darkseid’s homeworld, having failed to become a Female Fury under Granny Goodness’ tutelage. Trapped in a “reeducation chamber” that threatens to destroy her free will, Harley must dig deep to throw off the alien shackles and get back to Earth. She just needs to escape a super-max alien prison, fight off a planet full of super-powered psychos, defeat a New God, then steal a spaceship and fly it home. No problem-o!
Last issue Harley Quinn was about to have her personality tortured right out of her, and her freewill along with it. But what the people of Apokolips don’t realize is Harley’s zany personality is no act, and the torture thing doesn’t have quite the same effect on her. Now, Harley Quinn and her new friend Tina can make their big escape off that crazy planet, but not before a few heroics on the part of our anti-hero. When the battle’s over, Harley and Tina walk-off into the sunset together and live happily ever after…well, not really, but they do get to enjoy a mai-tai before reality rings Harley Quinn’s cellphone.
Writer Sam Humphries has put our favorite anti-hero, Harley Quinn, through some pretty rough times these past few issues. Harley Quinn #47 is no different. Humphries emphasizes Harley Quinn’s own insecurities and emotional struggles in this issue, but he also lets her work through it all. Harley Quinn is well known for her internal monologues, but Humphries really stresses how difficult these moments are for her, because she is battling herself in these panels. In this issue we see the many sides of Harley Quinn, all jammed together is glass box, fighting over what Harley will do next. This page long struggle really lets the reader into Harley Quinn’s psyche, a loud and confusing place. But when we, Harley Quinn and the readers, emerge from this insanity, everything is clearer and Harley has found her path. In this way, Humphries is an exceptional storyteller, he brings all of Harley Quinn’s personality to the story and holds nothing back from the reader. Except maybe what’s going on at Harley’s apartment, but I guess that’s for next issue.
None of this would be possible without John Timms’ artwork. He takes Humphries script and transforms it into a living breathing world. He paces his panels to the timing of the script, some hectic and crowded with tons of action, while others are less dense and reveal more specific details. Either way, Timms’ Apokolips is a visually stunning masterpiece, able to tap into the emotions behind Humphries’ words.
The Bottom Line:
Harley Quinn #47 is rollercoaster ride through Harley Quinn’s mind and out of Apokolips. Writer, Sam Humphries, keeps the pressure on Harley Quinn as she figures out who she is, hero or not. Timms’ artwork brings the whole issue together, with intense fight scenes and Harley Quinn’s struggle with her inner selves.