Title: Old Lady Harley (2018-) #3
Writer: Frank Tieri
Artist: Inaki Miranda
Colors: Eva de la Cruz
Cover: Amanda Conner, Paul Mounts
Publication Date: January 2, 2019
Publisher’s Summary: Harley’s barely managed to escape from Gotham City—but going down the river to Blüdhaven might have been an even bigger mistake! The whole city is a prison, held in the grip of the bloodthirsty Bane Twins…and we’re sad to say, they definitely take after their father! And where there are criminals, you know there are Laughing Boys…and where there are Laughing Boys, can The Joker be far away?
After leaving Arkham, Harley lands herself in Blüdhaven, the city’s prison. Now, instead of Harley’s sentenced to a cage fight against the Bane twins. Worse, her partner is rooting for the other team. It appears that all hope is lost for Harley and Red Tool. However, it turns out she’s still got a friend or two left.
In Old Lady Harley (2018-) #3, Frank Tieri shifts the tone of the series from puny action panels to something a bit darker. Tieri turns up the heat on Harley, presenting the anti-hero with a few new challenges. While Tieri keeps up the playful pop culture references, he simultaneously weaves new danger into the storyline. Tieri’s Matrix/Sex in the City mash up this issue was an inspired choice. If the series continues on this path, Harley and Red Tool are certainly in for an epic battle before this series ends.
Inaki Miranda’s artwork continues to impress. There’s a fair level of grit in this series; however, Miranda balances those details by enhancing the more ridiculous aspects of the script. The result is panel after panel of hilarious, high-stakes, story.
The Bottom Line:
Old Lady Harley (2018-) #3 is another action-packed issue. Frank Tieri’s script is exciting and entertaining; his depiction of classic characters will continue to surprise readers.