HARLEY QUINN VOL. 5: THE JOKER'S LAST LAUGH by Amanda
Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti collects issues #22-25 and the
special issue HARLEY QUINN: BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR.
The first story in this collection is like something out
of an early James Bond film or some other 1960s cheesy
spy sci-fi fun spectacular. Harley and her gang of
Harleys help rescue Harley's faithful friend and
curmudgeon Sy. The bold designs for the outlandish
locales, from mad scientist lair to bowling alley
battleground, match the zany story. Once again Harley
proves she can take care of business, even as she worries
over the fate of Mason. This is how I like Harley, not
afraid to get her hands dirty when it comes to coming
through for her friends, but doing it in her own unique
wacky style. Harley Quinn as avenging goddess is quite a
sight to behold.
Despite what the book description says, Mason faces the
most danger from corrupt cops and government officials
rather than the Joker, but she makes her way to Arkham
Asylum anyway with a little help from her friends. Having
support from friends like Poison Ivy and an assassin
cyborg give Harley the boost she needs to bust Mason out.
The highlight of this story is the mental and physical
tussle Harley has with the Joker. From the moment the
Joker beckons her back with "honey, baby, pumpkin pie...",
fans of the animated Batman series will have chills in
anticipation of the showdown to come. Chad Hardin designs
my favorite physical interpretation of the Joker, all
sharp angles, with a sinister and seductive quality. This
epic reunion between two comic book juggernauts makes
this book a must-read for fans of Harley Quinn and the
The last vignette in this collection is goofy and will
make you laugh. Harley Quinn stumbles upon a genie and
experiences very mixed results. I love the naughty glee
Harley has when infiltrating Justice League headquarters
causing a little havoc. Her Joker wish fantasy is
amazing, and gives a great nod to MAD LOVE by Paul Dini
and Bruce Timm.
The HARLEY QUINN series is always a blast, and the opening and
closing stories are very entertaining, but the story that
had me and every other Harley Quinn fan salivating, is
the special appearance by the Joker and the blowout in
Arkham Asylum. Each vignette includes artwork that
perfectly reflects the tone and content of the writing. I
love the direction this series is going, and I look
forward to more HARLEY QUINN stories by Amanda Conner and Jimmy
Mason Macabre is more than just Harley Quinn’s neighbor
her new Coney Island digs—he just might be the man of her
dreams. But to save his life, she’ll have to face the
of her nightmares!
With Harley and her gang of merry maidens battling to
innocents out of the crossfire of her enemies’ latest
vendetta, Mason’s been whisked away to the one place our
hellacious heroine never wanted to set foot in again:
Asylum. Inside its horrific halls, Mason is at the tender
mercy of none other than the Joker—and Harley and the
Prince of Crime have had the mother of all bad break-ups.
Will she and the madman who helped make her what she is
and make up long enough for her new beau to escape with
life? Or this time will the joke be on Harley Quinn for
It’s the reunion you’ve been waiting for! Courtesy of
acclaimed creative team Amanda Conner and Jimmy
HARLEY QUINN VOL. 5: THE JOKER’S LAST LAUGH proves that
it comes to true love, Harley’s not joking around!
issues #22-25 of the ongoing series and the special issue
HARLEY QUINN: BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR.