Title: Harley Quinn (2016-) #54
Writer: Sam Humphries
Pencils/Inks: Lucas Werneck
Colors: Gabe Eltaeb, Alex Sinclair
Cover: Guillem March, Arif Prianto
Publication Date: November 21, 2018
Publisher’s Summary:“Harley and failed Female Fury Petite Tina go road-tripping! With their lives a roaring dumpster fire, Harley and Tina decide to get out of town for a mini-vacay, and wind up driving each other crazy instead. An unplanned detour leads them to run afoul of a new baddie called Minor Disaster, whose so-called “Disaster Dial” only causes small calamities such as texting your ex and pooping your pants. Harley and Tina must now put their differences aside to stop Minor Disaster before she spells disaster for them both!”
Minor Disaster teaches Harley Quinn a major lesson in Harley Quinn (2016-) #54. As the pair battle out there differences, Minor Disaster upgrades from tiny foe to giant ally, though not before almost sending all of Coney Island into a whirlpool. Just as things look bleak, Harley manages to save the day, with a little help from Minor Disaster and Tina, and all in time to face her biggest foe yet: surprise family visit for the holidays.
In Harley Quinn (2016-) #54, Harley shows off her newly polished people skills, appealing to the hearts of everyone. Sam Humphries continues to write an entertaining, yet complex Harley Quinn, who wields diplomacy as well as she does her trusty hammer. Humphries’ Harley Quinn has grown beyond her reactionary past, to a woman with a plan, well, a part of a plan, but plenty of good intentions. Harley handles Minor Disaster’s disasters with lopsided poise and unbalance grace, but she pulls through in the end. And let me not forget Tina’s sudden rise in fame, Humphries takes Tina from alien outcast to Coney Island champion this issue, in a spectacular feat of strength. As for Harley, she’s about to face her biggest test of character, and I can’t wait to see how she overcomes her latest challenge.
Lucas Werneck’s art is fun and playful. The panels with the chimps in space were especially entertaining. However, it’s Tina’s badass hero moves that really stole the show. Werneck highlights Tina’s hero status with tests of endurance and strength, emphasizing Tina’s unique abilities and love for Coney Island.
The Bottom Line:
Harley Quinn (2016-) #54 pushes Harley closer to hero status as she flexes her diplomatic muscles, putting down the hammer in favor of meaningful conversation. Sam Humphries adds depth to the character with a test of mind for Harley Quinn, showing off Harley’s character development.