Title: Harley Quinn (2016-) #55
Writer: Sam Humphries
Artist: John Timms
Colors: Alex Sinclair
Cover: Guillem March, Tomeu Morey, Arif Prianto
Publication Date: December 5, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: “It’s a Harley ho-ho-holiday special! Nothing’s worse than spending the holidays with your uninvited, unannounced family—just ask Harley. Her brothers won’t stop fighting, her dad wants peace and quiet, and her mom just wants everyone to get along. But the dysfunctional family dynamic masks a major secret that the whole Quinn family is keeping from Harley. Will the big reveal mean an even bigger family blowout, or can Harley’s clan end their squabbling and remember the true meaning of the season?”
Harley Quinn’s whole family has shown up just in time for her annual holiday extravaganza, but who invited them? With a packed house of Quinn’s chaos is not only expected, it’s guaranteed. Harley’s holiday is about to get hijacked. What are families for, right?
Sam Humphries does Christmas right in Harley Quinn (2016-) #55, tapping into familiar family drama and the classic antics. Humphries swaps out the typical Harley Quinn action for holiday escapades, complete with a Harley sized melt down. The issue is heavy on the schmaltz, which works for Harley who has turned into a regular softy. Humphries lays the emotional drama on thick this issue while setting up an epic introduction for the Trials of Harley Quinn. And with the holidays right around the corner, who can resist a good ol’ fashioned Christmas story? I can’t.
John Timms’ art is consistent, detailing every wacky moment of our anti-hero’s holiday. Timms draws Harley’s family as colorful and a little deviant, just like Harley. And his depiction of Harley’s “Merry Christmas Navidad Noel Festival Celebration of Tidings and Joy” is the over-the-top madness you’d expect from Harley.
The Bottom Line:
Harley Quinn (2016-) #55 is festive issue that will catch readers right in the heart. Sam Humphries writes Harley Quinn as the lovable, holiday obsessed anti-hero who is guaranteed to put us in the holiday spirit.