Title: Harley Quinn (2016-) #51
Writer: Sam Humphries
Pencils: Sami Basri
Inks: Sami Basri
Colors: Alex Sinclair
Cover: Guillem March, Tomeu Morey
Publication Date: October 3, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: “Harley broke most of DCU continuity last issue, and in this ish, she’s dealing with the fallout, namely the time-tossed hero of World War II called Captain Triumph! The golden boy of the Golden Age finds his black-and-white approach failing miserably in the gray areas of the modern world (although unfortunately, there are still plenty of fascists for him to punch). It’s up to Harley to return Captain Triumph to his own time, but she’ll have to put the kibosh on his do-gooding first—right after she figures out what “kibosh” means!”
After Harley Quinn restored continuity to the DC universe everything appears to be back in order. However, nothing is ever that simple for Harley Quinn. While restoring the universe, Harley Quinn accidentally traps Captain Triumph in her universe. Now, Harley Quinn must find a way to get a very confused superhero back to his universe before he makes too much trouble…and it might already be too late.
Harley Quinn (2016-) #51 is a classic story of consequences with a giant shot of Harley Quinn personality thrown in for good measure. Humphries’ script is genius, filled with plenty of Harley-sized laughs. Perhaps Humphries’ finest moment in this issue happens when he has Harley’s mother throw some serious shade at the Joker, describing the toxicity of his relationship with Harley Quinn. And his depiction of Captain Triumph is spot on, as the confused hero attempts to navigate life outside his universe. Once again Humphries emphasizes that Harley Quinn must take responsibility for her own actions and resolve the issues she creates.
Sami Basri’s art polishes Humphries’ script, bringing all the antics and action to the page. There’s plenty of nostalgia in this issue, Basri captures all those moments through the artwork. The issue is drawn in classic Harley Quinn style, with bright colors defining our anti-hero and
The Bottom Line:
Harley Quinn (2016-) #51 is another release-the-brakes ride for Harley Quinn as she must work to undo an unforeseen consequence from the previous issue. Sam Humphries’ script and Sami Basri’s art work in tandem, and I’m looking forward to seeing how Harley Quinn gets herself out of this mess.