Harley Quinn #38
Reviewed by: Mike Bedard
Writer: Frank Tieri
Artist: Mirka Andolfo
Colors: Alex Sinclair
This issue is automatically all right in my book for bringing the Condiment King back into the mix. In fact, this whole issue is a delightful smorgasbord of B-list Batman villains wreaking havoc in New York.
To kick things off, the Gang of Harleys try to combat Mr. Freeze with a bunch of bad ice puns to no avail. Meanwhile, Condiment King as well as King Tut, Zebra Man, and a slew of others cause their own personal/weird brand of mayhem.
Harley Quinn has her hands full trying to take out the Gorilla Gang. Just when she’s about to be flattened on the pavement, Red Tool comes in at the last second to save her. But instead of any tool-related quips, he just slinks off, leaving Harley to think she got a lucky break. While Harley’s focusing on one bad guy at a time, she doesn’t realize the entire city is quickly turning into chaos.
The real MVP of this issue is Killer Croc. Last time, he just seemed like everyone else wanting to start a new crime spree in New York. After his scuffle with Killer Moth, we learn he was actually part of the Coney Island freak show. It’ll be awesome to see if he has some kind of master plan cooking.
This issue is a great mix of silliness and genuine threat. It’s clear Tieri and company had a lot of fun picking an eclectic mix of Batman villains to play with. But with the sad turn offered by Killer Croc, it’s clear there’s still some danger lurking about that poses a greater threat than some hot dogs getting ruined. The only thing I have to add is: More Condiment King, please.