Series: Harley Quinn (2016-)
Published: February 5, 2020
Writer: Sam Humphries
Artist: Sami Basari
Letters: Dave Sharpe
Publisher’s Summary: Harley’s Los Angeles adventure takes an unexpected turn when she joins up with an underground wrestling troupe! With her penchant for drama, violence, and over-the-top behavior, Harley Quinn fits right in with her new group of friends, but when one of them winds up dead, Harley must track down the killer…before they strike again!
“Is this what Harley was looking for in the ring all along? Punishment? Or, maybe she was dreaming of something more. Oblivion.”
Harley has taken to moonlighting as a professional wrestler; much like the other super-powered folk hiding out in Los Angeles, stepping out of one spotlight, and into another, can be beneficial for one’s spirit. Unfortunately for Harley, trouble follows and finds her wherever she goes…
Writer Sam Humphries wastes no time getting started by immediately immersing readers in the action, dropping them in the center of the squared circle alongside Harley–wrestling as Harleen the Queen–as she delivers a brutal elbow drop to her downed opponent. And, while the rest of the issue is also exciting, this opening scene is one of the most effective I’ve ever read. Humphries sells the scene beautifully by including a series of Harley’s signature moves: the Royal Clothesline and the Queen’s Guillotine.
Sami Basari takes Humphries’ in-ring action to the next level, pumping each page full of energy and excitement with dynamic illustrations and just the right amount of detail to highlight the hilarity of the situation. Yes, Basari also does a fine job in illustrating the more intimate–more dramatic–scenes, but there’s nothing better than seeing Harley Quinn rebound off of the ropes and deliver a devastating flying clothesline.
Let’s get ready to rumble! Harley Quinn #70 piledrives readers into the middle of the squared circle, immersing them the action-packed first chapter of “California or Death.” Don’t miss this one, folks.