HARLEY QUINN VOL. 4: A CALL TO ARMS collects HARLEY QUINN
issues 19-26 and HARLEY QUINN ROAD TRIP SPECIAL #1 written by
Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti. I think readers who might
be fans of this character but new to this series will be able
to follow and enjoy this collection. I love that the artwork
is more traditional and fun rather than abstract.
The first story in this collection focuses on Harley's "gang
of Harleys", and the sleek lines and smooth shading that
dominate this "gang of Harleys" tale are amazing. In this
story Harley is something of an entrepreneur -- a girl looking
to earn a quick buck, but also somebody looking out for people
in her neighborhood. The slapstick comedy combined with Harley
playing mother hen to her gang make for a lot of laughs. I
love Harley's psychotropic induced fantasy sequence.
The second story in which Harley goes Hollywood, shows Harley
as being a mercenary with a heart of gold. I love the buddy
movie vibe to the story. This amusing anecdote proves that,
while Harley can be goofy and a little crazy at times, she is
a woman who can take care of business. I liked the nod to
Harley's original outfit, but that one will always be my
favorite look of hers. The surprise guests and plot twists
make this story a wild ride.
The third and final narrative in this collection features a
free-for-all road trip with Harley, Poison Ivy, and Catwoman.
With these ladies, crazy hijinks are a given but I like the
glimpse of Harley's family relationships this story provides
as well. One of the things that I always liked about Harley
Quinn is her vulnerability and her capacity for caring about
other people, in spite of being an antihero. The bold colors
and fun artwork are a perfect match for the story. It's great
seeing female friendships in comics.
HARLEY QUINN VOL. 4: A CALL TO ARMS is a blast and perfectly
captures the whimsy and wackiness of Harley Quinn. This book
features Harley Quinn at her silly, sassy, and screwball best.
I look forward to reading more Harley Quinn stories by Amanda
Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti.
Harley continues carving out her own path, with the help
guest stars Poison Ivy and Catwoman!
Harley Quinn is on a mission to make the world a better
and get paid for it at the same time! Quinn and her Gang
Harleys are taking on do-gooding missions for a price,
sometimes that means they’re biting off more than even a
of semi-sane butt-kickers can chew. So when a simple
and rescue mission turns into a battle royale against an
invulnerable alien-empowered sea captain—that means it’s
for a vacation!
But no trip to Hollywood could ever be simple for Harley
—she’s got a job to do, too. As she navigates a twisted
movie producers, starlets, kidnappings and cults, Harley
discovers that the bounty hunting business can be even
dangerous than being a hero-for-profit—especially when
trying to poach a bounty from Deadshot!
This collection includes HARLEY QUINN #17-21 and HARLEY
ROAD TRIP SPECIAL #1, from co-writers Amanda Conner and
Palmiotti (STARFIRE) and artists including Chad Hardin
(SUPERGIRL) and John Timms (Nova).