What is this all about?
It has been a few weeks since Harley Quinn’s mayoral run was planned. In this issue, we see Harley announcing her campaign to run as mayor of New York City. Obviously, there are people, namely DePerto, who don’t want to see her succeed. This is the first issue in what is certain to be an entertaining arc. So let’s take a look at Vote Harley: Part One. And keep in mind: this review will contain spoilers.
Last time, we saw Harley take on the Unconquerable 25, who were surprisingly conquerable. In the newest issue, we see Harley plan a big sting in conjunction with the NYPD. But first, we’re treated to Harley saying goodbye to everyone she cares about. First, she announces she will take a few months off of helping out at a nursing home. Then Harley tells her roller derby teammates she has to quit the team for the time being.
At the present, Harley is trapped inside the trunk of a car along with some of her cohorts. Once their cover is blown, they start kicking all kinds of butt. Harley and the police speak with the media to inform them that they have just saved thousands of cars and saved the taxpayers millions of dollars. This seems like a good enough time as any for Harley to announce her intention to run as mayor of New York City. We don’t get any of the public’s reaction to this yet. I wouldn’t be surprised if the next issue involves some man-on-the-street interviews of people reacting to the news. For now, we just know how DePerto feels about it.
Right now, Mayor DePerto and his associate, Madison, are cleaning up the trash left behind by the Unconquerable 25. Only one member remains, and Madison pays him a visit at the police station to ensure he’s… taken care of. DePerto isn’t happy once Harley makes her campaign plans known. He takes his rage out on Madison, who has an ace up her sleeve. He puts DePerto in touch with none other than Scarecrow. It will definitely be interesting to see what Scarecrow does in the next issue. At first, I assumed we may just see a Harley vs. Scarecrow battle royale, but I’m hoping for something a little more devious. These are politicians we’re talking about after all, so perhaps Scarecrow will do something to bring Harley’s ability to adequately serve as mayor into question.
I have really been looking forward to this issue, and I’m excited to see what Harley plans on doing. Right before her big announcement, she did murder a bunch of people. They were criminals, but I’m expecting DePerto to bring Harley’s body count into contention. I’m also interested in seeing if the following issues draw on real world events, like the 2016 election, to provide commentary on how politics are conducted in the real world.
9 / 10
Reviewed by Mike Bedard Harley Quinn #28 Written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner Art by John Timms with Tom Derenick Published by DC Comics Release Date: 9/20/17