Harley Quinn #29

DC Comics

Written by Tina Howard and Adam Warren

Art by Sweeney Boo and Adam Warren

Colors by Sweeney Boo and Alejandro Sanchez

Letters by Steve Wands and Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou

The Rundown: Harley requests Zatanna’s help with a multiversal issue. Harley has an extraordinary interaction with her pets.

The issue opens with Harley taking care of her pets and plants. Next, she pays a visit to Zatanna, where she makes a special request. Harley is then told she must offer a sacrifice in order to receive help from the magician. Afterwards, she goes about her daily activities and thinks about how to fulfil her obligation. Soon, a conversation with the Dark Knight provides enlightenment and Harley takes action. Finally, she is confronted by a very familiar pair of visitors.

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Harley is awakened by Bud and Lou in an unusual manner. She then learns something unexpected. After an enlightening conversation, Harley then goes about her day.

The Story: I’m quite interested in where this new storyline is headed. Harley’s foray into the multiverse is not only having her team up with well-known heroes but forcing her to address her own current actions. Although her magical multiverse saga appears to be grounded in real events, I wonder if there is a deeper meaning to her current struggles.

This narrative does a good job with showing Harley’s ever present struggle with her mental health. This potential dream state showcased many of her fears as well as her self-perception. I also appreciated the well-crafted tie-in to the main story.

The Art: This issue features two vastly different creative stylings. The A story uses colorful artwork created in a modern, realistic styling. There is a quirkiness and lightness to the scenes that perfectly capture the tone of the tale. In the B Story, the visuals are darker and the attention to detail highlight the intensity of Harley’s mindset. Overall, I felt the illustrations brought emotional depth to the individual stories.

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