Title: Harley Quinn (2016-) #57
Writer: Sam Humphries
Artist: John Timms
Colors: Alex Sinclair
Cover: Guillem March, Arif Prianto
Publication Date: January 9, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: There’s been a murder in Gotham City, and all evidence points to just one suspect: Harley Quinn! Batman hunts Harley down on Coney Island, where they come to blows…but did she actually do the crime? Meanwhile, the Trials of Harley Quinn begin! The Lords of Order and Chaos send their harbinger Mirand’r—the ghost of a young, Earth-obsessed Tamaranean—to find a champion to complete their seven trials and become the Lords’ archangel of retribution…and Harley Quinn is their new contender!
Harley Quinn is presented an interesting offer on the same night that a murder in Gotham City points to Harley as the perpetrator. Now, Batman’s headed to Coney Island to track down the anti-hero herself. However, Harley has bigger problems; she’s been banned from her mom’s hospital and the Trials of Harley Quinn are starting.
Sam Humphries creates Harley Quinn’s best adventure yet in Harley Quinn (2016-) #57. Thus far, Humphries’ character development for Harley Quinn has centered around her finding her herself. However, the Trials of Harley Quinn present a new opportunity for our favorite anti-hero. For too long Harley’s character has been defined by her relationship with the Joker. However, Humphries changed all that by putting Harley on the path to hero status and now, possibly, become a demigod.
As for the team up, pairing Harley and Batman was a surprising choice, but works well for the theme of trials. Batman’s stoic personality presents a stark contrast to Harley’s vivacious self, a yin and yang combination. Whatever Humphries has in store for the pair, it’s clear Harley is in for a bumpy ride.
John Timms’ artwork continues to impress. His art captures both Harley and Batman’s personality in the art, capturing Harley’s uniqueness in each panel.
The Bottom Line:
Harley Quinn (2016-) #57 is a spectacular introduction to the Trials of Harley Quinn. Sam Humphries’s script is flawless in this issue, presenting Harley with her toughest battle. The Trials of Harley promises to be the best story arc yet.