Harley Quinn #47 Review

Writer: Sam Humphries
Artist: John Timms
Colors: Gabe Eltaeb
Letters: Dave Sharpe

Spoilers ahead!

With gross-out humor and a moment of sincere heartfelt emotion, this issue wraps up a solid Harley Quinn arc. While the jokes weren’t quite as prevalent in this issue as in recent ones, they definitely stood out more. Quinn joking about Granny Goodness and Darkseid bumping uglies genuinely made me gag. I’m sure the Rule 34 artwork for such a union already exists, and I salute the brave individual who was willing to create it.

Shortly after this moment, we get the backstory of Petite Tina. Granny recruited Tina early on in her life and made her feel terrible about herself like she was nothing, making Tina feel as though she had to stay with Granny. This is a poignant parallel to Harley’s origin story. Harley Quinn serving as an architect for emotional and physical abuse in a relationship sometimes takes a backseat to her Deadpool-esque antics. However, that’s what ultimately makes her an interesting comic book character.

The “Save the Last Dance” mini-story drives the point home, and again, I really love the artwork in this section. I was glad to see it again seeing as how it was absent in #46. But I really do think it’s a great way to break up the story in a unique way, serving as a short reprieve of sorts.

It was great to see Harley Quinn finally assume her role of hero (kinda). Hopefully it will lead into her being more willing to collaborate with her friends going forward.

Overall, this is a solid issue with plenty of great standout moments. There’s also a fantastic cameo toward the end that’s better left discovered on your own. With a few laughs and fun action, you just can’t go wrong, and this issue certainly delivers.

And from now until the end of comic books…

R.I.P. Steve Ditko

Overall Score: 8/10

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