Title: Harley Quinn (2016-) #56
Writer: Mark Russell
Artist: Mirka Andolfo
Colors: Arif Prianto
Cover: Guillem March, Tomeu Morey
Publication Date: December 19, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: It’s Harley Quinn—crazy cat lady! Seems one of Harley’s tenants used to be a small-time, cat-themed crook, but now is just a lonely retiree hoarding felines in his apartment. Gross! Harley takes it upon herself to find homes for the “cat burglars,” but in trying to get them adopted, she runs afoul of the local pet store, “Men O’Paws.” But who’s gonna feed the kitties while Harley fights this turf war? And more importantly, who’ll clean their litter box?
Harley’s no crazy cat lady, but one of her tenants appears to be one. Now, Harley’s got to find a new home for a bunch of cats. But not everyone in the neighborhood wants her to succeed in her good deed. As an angry mob assembles to take down Harley, she’ll have to pull together a quick plan if she’s going to defeat the mob and find the cats homes.
Mark Russell writes a playful Harley Quinn, encapsulating all her quirks in this issue. Harley Quinn (2016-) #56 takes a sidestep from the main action. The issue feels more like a one-shot than a part of the series. However, the cats and angry mob play well into Harley’s general character arc. Russell’s take on the character focuses on her humanitarian side, once again proving that no good deed goes unpunished. All in all, Harley Quinn (2016-) #56 is a playful issue, with hints to current day issues, with plenty of puns to keep readers entertained to the last panel.
Mirka Andolfo’s art is detailed with just a touch of grit. Harley is her colorful self, but with a smidge of darkness. There’s a kind of twinkle in her eye as she severs an arm and beats up a couple of bad guys. As for the cats, which really steal the show, Andolfo creates unique cats throughout the issue, giving each one a unique and mildly diabolical personality.
The Bottom Line:
Harley Quinn (2016-) #56 is a different kind of story for Harley Quinn, but packed with all the typical Harley shenanigans. Mark Russell writes Harley Quinn with all the charm readers have grown to love and plenty of gusto. Mirka Andolfo’s art adds subtle details to Russell’s story, bringing the whole issue together.