Harley Quinn (2016-) #62 Review

Title: Harley Quinn (2016-) #62
Publisher: DC
Words: Sam Humphries
Art: Otto Schmidt
Colors: Otto Schmidt
Published: June 5, 2019

Publisher’s Summary: Harley’s life has been turned upside down, and her best friends have turned against her. Now, trapped in a magically changed Gotham City, Harley Quinn is put on trial to do something she’s never been capable of: prove her sanity—or die!


Review

It’s all become a bit Medieval for Harley Quinn and gang this issue. The Enchantress has worked up quite a spell, but she’s no match for the incomparable Harley Quinn…I think? With the world transformed into a feudal nightmare, Harley will have to act fast to save her friends and the city.

To begin, the entire plot for Harley Quinn (2016-) #62 is brilliant. Humphries’ script is darkly entertaining, from the opening scene with Harley tied to a stake to the panels inside the Enchantress’ lair, danger and comedy lurk behind every corner. Even with Harley’s unique sense of humor in the face of death and danger, there are a few inescapably serious moments this issue. In these moments, Humphries balances Harley’s endless humor with her commitment to family, which only reaffirms why I love this character so much.

In terms of development, Harley Quinn (2016-) #62 moves the anti-hero one step closer to achieving the title of “Angel of Retribution,” but not without a few missteps. Nothing a quick visit from Harley’s favorite DC Continuity Cop can’t fix, but Jodi can’t solve all of Harley’s problems. Humphries continues to test the Harley Quinn’s strength, putting larger obstacles in her path to personal development.

Harley Quinn (2016-) #62 would not be complete without a Medieval upgrade in scenery. Otto Schmidt’s art creates the detailed world of Medieval Gotham, complete with a jester-style Riddler. Creating Medieval Gotham is no small feat, but Schmidt accomplishes, adding a bit of Harley Quinn flare. Like Humphries’ script, the art is dark with plenty of intense image, but there’s a bit of humor hidden in the panels. Then, just like that Schmidt’s art transports us back to present time.

Bottom Line

Get ready to storm the castle, Harley Quinn (2016-) #62 is a Medieval adventure you don’t want to miss. Sam Humphries and Otto Schmidt craft a darkly entertaining issue.

The Bottom Line
Get ready to storm the castle, Harley Quinn (2016-) #62 is a Medieval adventure you don’t want to miss. Sam Humphries and Otto Schmidt craft a darkly entertaining issue.
Yes!
Darkly entertaining
No...
9.5
Score

Jaimee Nadzan
Jaimee Nadzanhttps://www.thebrazenbull.com
When she's not hanging with her gang at The Bronze, this young Sunnydale resident slays...wait, no, that's Buffy Summers. Jaimee serves as Editor here at The Brazen Bull.

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