Harley Quinn #31
Written by Tini Howard and Heather Anne Cambpell
Art by Sweenie Boo & Filya Bratukhim
Colors by Lee Loughridge
Letters by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
The Rundown: Harley battles multiple opponents in the wake of an interdimensional mishap. Harley battles The Joker with the help of her friends.
On Prime Earth, Ivy contacts customer service at the Central City Flash Museum and attempts to get information on a purchase made by Harley. Meanwhile, the former clown finds herself on Earth-26 in an altercation with Captain Carrot. Afterwards the two have an enlightening conversation and bond over their similarities. Later, she returns home and reunites with Ivy. The next day, Professor Quinn’s class field trip turns deadly when a well-known villain confronts her and Ivy, prompting Harley to use of a powerful weapon. Finally, a call from Batman postpones a cataclysmic event.
This mad dream sequences features Harley and the Gotham City Sirens taking on the Joker and his robotic minions. Finally, after a dramatic battle, the anti-heroes must make an interesting choice.
The Story: This hilarious and surprisingly coherent narrative features a dizzying array of events ranging from a meeting with the cartoon hero from Earth-26 to a near apocalyptic disaster. I was especially intrigued by the relationship between Captain Carrot and Ivy. It felt as though she found a kindred spirit and I am hopefully that he will make an appearance in later issues. Lastly, this issue ends with a lead-in to the Knight Terrors storyline, a multi-comic event that will span the DC Universe. I am curious to see whether or not Harley’s new powers will play a part in the saga.
I found the one shot side story to be filled with lots of action rounded off with a bit of self-introspection. It was interesting to see Harley interact again with the Joker, but I must admit, despite the narrative’s insistence, I didn’t find this tale to have much in common with the main story.
The Art: Two very different art styles encompass this issue. The A Story is modern, youthful, and filled with bold, brilliant colors while the B Story is a traditional imagining that primarily relies on a warm tertiary palette.