Harley Quinn #50
Written by Sam Humphries
Art by John Timms, Whilce Portacio, Agnes Garbowska, John McCrea, Kelley Jones, Jon Davis-Hunt, Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund, Scott Kolins, Dan Jurgens, Guillem March, Mirka Andolfo, Babs Tarr, Tom Grummett and Cam Smith
Colors by Alex Sinclair, Gabe Eltaeb, John Kalisz, Michelle Madsen, Andrew Dalhouse and Romulo Fajardo Jr
Letters by Dave Sharpe
Harley Quinn is cruising her home base of Coney Island with her mother talking about her past and reflecting on her latest adventures. After discovering the comic book made about her, she decides to show it to her mother and all hell breaks loose. After her mother dissolves in a way reminiscent of a recent blockbuster summer film from the competition, Harley Quinn discovers that she has broken the continuity of the entire DC universe.
Everything goes from weird to ridiculous to weirdly ridiculous as Harley finds herself being pulled through shifting continuities by a Continuity Cop who tells her that she needs to get the comic back and find its writer in order to put everything right again. Harley is only interested in finding her mom and she will go through every Justice League Dinosaurs, Reign of the Harleys, Batman Pirate reality she can find to get the comic back and bring back her mom. Unfortunately, messing around with continuity always has unintended consequences.
Humphries crafted a really fun anniversary issue that has a pretty clear message in it about inclusion and the reveal of the writer/artist behind the Harley comics is a pretty clear and pointed message to a certain segment of “fan” who has clashed with Humphries and others about that very issue. It’s a definitely a message that needs to be emphasized and the way it’s presented doesn’t take away from the pure fun of this issue and the weird and varied places it takes the character.
All of the artists in the issue bring a unique and fun perspective on the character and the world that they are depicting and those perspectives really help to make the issue look interesting and engaging. Really fun.