Title: Harley Quinn (2016-) #59
Words: Sam Humphries
Art: Sami Basri
Colors: Alex Sinclair
Published: March 6, 2019
Publisher’s Summary: When Harley Quinn awoke one morning from troubled dreams, she found herself transformed into a horrible vermin! “What th’ heck’s goin’ on?” she thought. But it wasn’t just a dream…it was the next trial of Harley Quinn!
Harley Quinn is about to learn that not all trials test physical strength. Instead, Harley’s second trial challenges her ability to overcome mental obstacles. Will she succeed and advance to the next trial? Or will Harley succumb to the pressures?
Thus far, Harley’s been framed for murder and turned into a giant insect. I’m excited to see what Sam Humphries has planned next for my favorite anti-hero. Harley Quinn (2016-) #59 is a bit lighter than the previous issue, it’s pretty difficult to get worked up over a human-sized insect; however, this trial seems even more fitting of Harley Quinn than the first. There seems no better way to test Harley’s personal development. Though this trial ultimately turned out to be harmless, Humphries teases more mayhem in the next issue.
How does Harley Quinn become a giant insect, you might wonder? Sami Basri takes care to craft an insect version of Harley that looks sort of like Harley. Sure she has wins and a giant head, but Basri retains enough Harley elements to make the transformation believable if not kind of cute. Either way, Basri’s art adds the final touch to this trial, bringing the issue home.
The Bottom Line
Sam Humphries tests Harley Quinn’s mental fitness in Harley Quinn (2016-) #59. As Harley continues with the trials, she’ll have to keep her wits about if she plans to come out alive.