Harley Quinn

Harley Quinn #74

by Alan Rapp on July 20, 2020

in Comics

Harley Quinn #74 comic reviewIn the penultimate issue of the series, Harley Quinn finally catches up to Wittleson and solves the murder of her friend Alicia which has been the driving force behind the last several issues of the series. However, the woman behind Wittleson has her own plans for Earth as Harley Quinn comes face-to-face with Granny Goodness.

Harley Quinn #74 wraps up the “California or Death” storyline as Harley uses both psychology and guile to lower Granny’s defenses before taking the knockout punch and saving the world from the Fire Pit she’s been secretly feeding under the city. Not too shabby, Ms. Quinzel.

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Harley Quinn and the Birds of Prey #2

by Alan Rapp on July 1, 2020

in Comics

Harley Quinn and the Birds of Prey #2 comic reviewWith so many different versions of Harley Quinn and the Birds of Prey recently released, it took me a minute to remember which version this one was. The first issue left off with Harley returning to Gotham. Harley Quinn and the Birds of Prey #2 focuses the first several pages on Renee Montoya attempting, unsuccessfully, to convince Harley to leave Gotham. Harley has other plans which involve ratting out the Joker‘s favorite hideouts to the cops (and getting her puddin’ arrested) all as a diversion that allows Harley to hit the Joker’s vaults.

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That Harley Quinn Birds of Prey Movie

by Alan Rapp on June 26, 2020

in Home Video

  • Title: Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn
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Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn Blu-ray reviewI had much the same reaction to Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn as to Suicide Squad. There’s low-rent fun to be had here in this crass tale of Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) striking out on her own after leaving the Joker. Robbie reprises her role from Suicide Squad, but is forced to carry much more of the story this time around. The script makes Harley the film’s narrator, often telling events out of order or forgetting key points. The idea is fun for a few minutes, but this isn’t Rashomon or Memento. It’s a B-movie with delusions of grandeur.

On the bad side of mob boss Black Mask (Ewan McGregor), and no longer under the Joker’s protection, Harley finds herself working off a debt by tracking down a young street thief (Ella Jay Basco) in possession of a diamond far more valuable than anyone realizes. She’s also got to stay one-step ahead of Renee Montoya (Rosie Perez), the film’s cliched one good cop in the city.

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Harley Quinn #73

by Alan Rapp on June 17, 2020

in Comics

Harley Quinn #73 comic reviewHarley and Booster sitting in a tree… Sure there’s plenty of other stuff happening in this issue, including Harley Quinn pushed through an emotional meat grinder, but the stand-out panel for me was the comic continuing down the road of possibly of seeing Goldie Quinn become a thing with the hero from the future turning down a quick roll in the hay with an emotionally vulnerable Harley and admitting to deeper feelings for the Joker’s ex.

Continuing the current storyline, Harley’s search into who murdered her friend, and fellow wrestler, Alicia takes some disturbing turns as Harley finds a suicide note from her friend that only brings more pain to the daughter Alicia left behind.

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Birds of Prey

by Alan Rapp on June 9, 2020

in Comics

Birds of Prey #1 comicsOriginally conceived as the start of a new series for DC’s Black Label, this giant single-issue from writer Brian Azzarello and artist Emanuela Lupacchino features Harley Quinn‘s return to Gotham City where she quickly becomes involved in the Huntress stalking a brutal crime syndicate and a trio of assassins. Of course, Harley sees circumstances as fate pushing her in a new direction.

Reading this all at once, you can tell very quickly that the story was meant to be broken up into several issues with climaxes every 22 pages or so. I’ll admit I was a bit confused what versions of each character we’re getting here as well as when exactly this is supposed to take place.

I also have some complaints over Dinah mooning over a former friend-with-benefits (who gets way too many pages here) she admittedly didn’t even like and introducing Renee Montoya as a dirty cop with questionable allegiances. The scenes of Dinah rolling around in bed or in just a towel also feel a bit forced (perhaps trying to fit into the more “adult” themes of the Black Label?).

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