What is this all about?
In the last issue, we saw Harley Quinn begin her mayoral campaign in full swing. Current New York City mayor DePerto wasn’t having any of it, and as such, he enlisted the help of Scarecrow to ensure his own victory. As always, this issue of Harley Quinn is one fun ride.
We start out with some exposition. Current mayor DePerto currently has the lead with Harley Quinn lagging behind. There’s another candidate in the race, Dean Roberts. He doesn’t have much to do now, but I’ll go ahead and call it now. Dean Roberts is going to win this race. He doesn’t have much to say in this issue, but from what we do see, he’s simply a knowledgeable man who actually knows facts about the issues. I could see DePerto and Quinn both getting disqualified from the race, leaving Roberts, the honestly best candidate, to become mayor. It may be too early to call a winner, and I hope this arc goes on for a while. But I’m staking my claim now.
DePerto and Madison have hired Scarecrow to sabotage Harley’s campaign. The first debate of the election is coming up, and DePerto wants Scarecrow to make sure Quinn doesn’t show up. Scarecrow has other things in mind. He wants Harley to actually show up, which doesn’t sit well with Madison.
It seems as though Scarecrow’s plan worked perfectly. In the middle of the debate, Scarecrow unleashes his fear gas, making Harley hallucinate that Joker has taken all her pets away. She also hallucinates that Poison Ivy and Joker are now lovers. Poison Ivy (the real one) manages to snap her out of the trance. With Scarecrow still in the building, we’ll have to wait until the next issue to see what kind of battle royale takes place.
I was kind of hoping to see more of Harley’s actual policies during the debate. She began one statement, but it seemed to be more directed to attacking DePerto’s corruption. I’m just curious as to what Harley Quinn really thinks about tax reform, but maybe I’m just weird about that.
I’m a big fan of Scarecrow, and I was excited to see him enter this arc. I hope he plays a more active role going forward. It’s clear his plan was to make Harley freak out in the middle of a debate to make her lose credibility. However, it seems simple enough to explain how she fell victim to fear gas. If anything, it seems like falling victim to Scarecrow’s antics would make her more sympathetic to the public. Of course, that’s assuming there isn’t more to Scarecrow’s plan we haven’t seen yet…
Reviewed by Mike Bedard Harley Quinn #29 Written by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti Art by Mirka Andolfo, Michael Kaluta, and Tom Derenick Published by DC Comics Release Date: October 4th, 2017