Title: Harley Quinn (2016-) #49
Writer: Sam Humphries
Pencils/Ink: Alisson Borges
Colors: Gabe Eltaeb
Cover: Guillem March, Arif Prianto
Publication Date: September 5, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: “Harley’s straight-up clowning around on her latest mission, and she’s faced with a real laugher of a puzzle: How does she kill and collect the bounty on Lord Death Man, an immortal murder machine who seemingly can’t be killed? Nevertheless, she will persist with a host of attempted assassinations, all doomed to fail. Time is running out, and Harley’s running out of material, too!”
Harley’s only got one job that can save her home from the pesky and irritating real estate developer, but Lord Death Man is a not an easy person to kill. With precious moments slipping away, Harley Quinn must devise some of her most extreme antics to date if she’s going to kill Lord Death Man and collect her payment in time to stop the sale of her home. Cue the bounce house, airplane, and volcano trick, and be ready for a fun house of Harley surprises.
Harley Quinn can seem complicated at times, but at her core she just wants a little security, a place to call home and people she can trust. Sam Humphries puts that part of Harley Quinn at forefront of this issue. Humphries packs this issue with Harley antics to the max, and the pay off is a highly enjoyable issue. Harley Quinn (2016-) #49 is a rollercoaster ride, full of ups and downs for Harley and her friends, accompanied by an intense rush that comes from a job well done, and a seriously unexpected plot twist. I tip my hat to Humphries and his particular knack for high-energy storytelling.
Alisson Borges’ artwork remains intensely descriptive as we follow Harley through pages of a complex death scene. Gabe Eltaeb’s colors fully incorporate Harley’s…eccentric personality. Together Borges and Eltaeb bring Humphries script to soaring heights, capturing the high-voltage essence that is Harley Quinn.
The Bottom Line:
Harley Quinn (2016-) #49 is a release-the-brakes issue of non-stop entertainment. Humphries knows how to weave suspense, mystery, and comedy, together to create a thoroughly enjoyable issue, which is only enhanced by Borges and Eltaeb artwork.