HARLEY QUINN VOL. 1: DIE LAUGHING (REBIRTH) by Amanda
Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti collects issues of HARLEY
QUINN 1 -- 6. I wasn't sure, initially, what changes this
DC "Rebirth" might make to this series. Thankfully, for
fans like me, continuity is maintained with only minor
changes like Harley having the "blonde hair with blue and
pink tips" look when she is out and about as Harley
Quinn. I like the blonde pigtails look for Harley,
because it's reminiscent of her original look on BATMAN:
THE ANIMATED SERIES.
The first story in this collection is a fun tale of
aliens, zombies, and about everyone's worst fears about
hotdogs being hilariously confirmed. This is a perfect
book for readers who might be new to this character,
because Harley introduces herself and explains some of
her backstory in the first few pages. The second story
has Harley Quinn and Bolly Quinn traveling overseas, to
fight for the little guy -- average people who are being
scammed and generally harassed by shadowy evildoers. The
fun artwork and robot craziness belies the seriousness of
Harley's mission, but I like that contrast. By the end of
Harley and Bolly's jet-setting adventure, Harley is
channeling Pam Grier in the movie FOXY
BROWN. The final
tale in HARLEY QUINN VOL. 1: DIE LAUGHING (REBIRTH) has
Harley once again playing the part of avenging angel with
a little bit of Punisher edge. Red Tool makes himself
useful when Harley goes undercover as a punk rocker, to
infiltrate a group of criminals responsible for the death
of her mailman. In each Harley story, I think that the
art mirrors or acts as a wonderful counterpoint to the
story being told. In this outing, the cool tones and
sharp lines reflect the dark and dirty situations Harley
finds herself in. The superhero fetish club, as well as
the crime-fighting efforts of Harley's crew lighten up
the story and provide a few laughs.
HARLEY QUINN VOL. 1: DIE LAUGHING (REBIRTH) is an amazing
collection of stories ranging from the silly to the more
sinister. I love Harley as the sweet and zany
neighborhood vigilante with a heart of gold, who can go
from zero to deadly in a heartbeat. I look forward to
reading more Harley Quinn stories, and seeing how Red
Tool fits in with her assortment of oddballs.
Harley Quinn's crazy world on has gotten even more
crazier when an unexpected, contagious enemy comes to
town! Protecting her neighborhood just got a little
harder, good thing they have chainsaws!
Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti continue their mammoth
run on this New York Times best-selling title in HARLEY
QUINN VOL. 1! Collects issues #1-6.
Rebirth honors the richest history in comics, while
continuing to look towards the future. These are the most
innovative and modern stories featuring the world's
greatest superheroes, told by some of the finest
storytellers in the business.
Honoring the past, protecting our present, and looking
towards the future. This is the next chapter in the
ongoing saga of the DC Universe. The legacy continues.