Harley Quinn #22
Written by Stephanie Phillips
Art by Matteo Lolli and David Baldeón
Colors by Rain Beredo
Letters by AndWorld Design
The Rundown: After Harley and Kevin’s return to Gotham leads to a tragedy.
The story opens with Kevin Seeking out the League of Shadows in a cold and isolated location. He then makes a stunning request of Angel Breaker who reluctantly agrees. Afterwards, an incident in the Lazarus Pit yields unexpected results.
72 hours in the past, Harley and Kevin bring a new friend home to Gotham. When Harley shows off her new living accommodations, deadly event occurs.
The Story: Stephanie Phillips creates an exciting new story arc that builds upon the events in Harley Quinn: 2022 Annual #1. I love Kevin and Harley’s friendship and this issue showed its many facets. I was also intrigued at the comedic edition of a new friend/pet that already perfectly fits into both the series and Harley’s life. Now that Harley faces a horrifying new challenge, it will be interesting to see how her found family will shape the upcoming events.
The Art: The artwork in this issue makes a slight return to the fanciful whimsy presented prior to the Task Force XX arc. The illustrations are colorful, but there is a distinct tonal difference between the present and recent past. The detailed drawings provide an immersive experience and the attention to character expression is captivating.