Title: Old Lady Harley (2018-) #2
Writer: Frank Tieri
Pens/Inks: Inaki Miranda
Colors: Eva de la Cruz
Cover: Amanda Conner, Paul Mounts
Publication Date: November 28, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: “In this dystopian-future tale, Harley’s quest to find out how The Joker could possibly still be alive has taken her back to their old stomping grounds, but Gotham City is very different nowadays! Nobody’s allowed on the streets without the Batman’s permission—but who is this Batman, anyway? Harley’s only choice is to return to Arkham…the Arkham Home for Criminally Insane Retirees, that is! Fancy a round of bingo with the Riddler? Or some pool aerobics with Killer Croc?”
Old Lady Harley’s seen her fair share of shocking things, but nothing could have prepared her for what’s awaiting her in the Batcave.
Unfortunately, even the new and improved plugged-in Bruce Wayne cannot give Harley the answers she needs, and Harley is off again in search of answers. While she may not get them this issue, Harley does reconnect with some old time pals and head off on a kick-ass quest. But what’s life for Harley without a few roadblocks?
Something about this issue had me thinking “the band’s getting back together,” but only if the band wore adult diapers, rode around on motorized scooters, and occasionally lost their pants. Frank Tieri writes a terrific follow-up to his debut issue. Old Lady Harley (2018-) #2 is slathered in pop-culture references, this time with the added bonus of seeing our favorite villains as retirees. Tieri moves the plot forward, simultaneously giving a fair amount of backstory, resulting in an issue that informs and entertains. Old Lady Harley continues to delight, in ways only she can, but motorized scooter riding Catwoman may give Harley a run for her money in this arc. I’m in it for the long haul to find out.
Though Tieri builds a solid story with the words, Inaki Miranda’s art really brings the story home this issue. From the Catwoman on a scooter to Batman 2.0, Miranda’s depiction of Tieri’s script provides endless images to pour over, a visual shmorgishborg for readers.
The Bottom Line:
Old Lady Harley (2018-) #2 continues to entertain, packed with pop-culture references and villains galore! Frank Tieri’s script begins to take shape, developing what promises to be an interesting journey for Harley and team.