Connect with us
Harley's initial foray into politics isn't off to a good start, but this arc is.

Comic Books

Harley Quinn #29 Review

Harley’s initial foray into politics isn’t off to a good start, but this arc is.

The political climate in the United States is grim right now, but look on the bright side: we could have someone like Harley Quinn in office. …Actually, now that I think about it, that would definitely be an improvement. Harley is running for mayor in an effort to "get gritty for New York City," and in this issue, it’s time for her first debate.

Listen to the latest episode of our weekly comics podcast!

Harley Quinn #29 sees Harley prepare for the first mayoral debate, but perhaps more importantly, she’s able to reconnect with Mason Macabre, something she hasn’t had much time to do since Joker’s Last Laugh. It’s a surprisingly touching moment in an otherwise hectic issue that was a long time coming. The mind games associated with the character are already in full effect, and it will be interesting to see how Harley gets out of this one.

But the major selling point of the last issue wasn’t Harley getting it on, it was the reveal that Mason Berkowitz has employed none other than Scarecrow to help take down Harley! After last issue’s cliffhanger ending, Scarecrow is predictably a big part of this issue, threatening to muck up Harley’s huge aspirations. The villain aspect of this series has been lacking for a good while now, so it’s nice to see a classic, unique bad guy get his time to shine.

Harley's initial foray into politics isn't off to a good start, but this arc is.
First the homeless want our money, now they want our ideas?!

In an issue that is a little low on actual developments, the most exciting part is a nightmare sequence that sees Harley’s worst fears embodied. It’s dark, it’s sad, and it’s full of exactly the kind of screwed up thoughts you’d expect from Scarecrow manipulating Harley Quinn’s mind. Though the issue is actually paced very well and is a breeze to read, when you’re done reading it, you realize just how little actually happened.

Artwork in this series is historically all over the place, and unfortunately this issue may be the most egregious example. Rather than series mainstay John Timms, or regulars like Joseph Michael Linsner, this issue is split up between three different artists, two of which I haven’t seen on this series before: Mirka Andolfo, Michael Kaluta, and Tom Derenick. Andolfo and Derenick take a random assortment of pages each, while Kaluta draws the dream sequence — thankfully so, as his style is markedly different from the other two. His sketchy, otherworldly style is actually pretty perfect for the nightmare, and while there are noticeable differences between Andolfo and Derenick’s work, they are not glaring enough to detract from the experience all that much.

Is It Good?

Harley’s initial foray into politics isn’t off on the best foot, but this arc is. The story is paced well, accomplishes a decent amount, and is a breeze to read. Despite having three (!) separate artists, none of which are series regulars, the artwork never suffers, either.

Harley Quinn #29
Is it good?
Harley's initial foray into politics isn't off to a good start, but this arc is. The story is paced well, accomplishes a decent amount, and is a breeze to read. Despite having three (!) separate artists, none of which are series regulars, the artwork never suffers, either.
Scarecrow is the perfect villain for this series.
Touching moment between Harley and Mason.
Though the book features three artists, it's never too jarring.
Three artists is still not ideal though.
Not a lot actually happens when you get down to it
8
Good
Comments

In Case You Missed It

Judging by WWE history, Montez Ford and Bianca Belair should be worried about mixing business and pleasure. Judging by WWE history, Montez Ford and Bianca Belair should be worried about mixing business and pleasure.

Keepin’ It Kayfabe: Wrestling marriages

Pro Wrestling

Adventures in Cliff Notes Adventures in Cliff Notes

Adventures in CliffsNotes: Movies about isolation and paranoia

Movies

'Dementer' is unlike other horror movies. 'Dementer' is unlike other horror movies.

‘Dementer’ review: Unique horror movie in every sense of the word

Movie Reviews

You can now get a taste of the WWE Network for $9.99 less than you can now. You can now get a taste of the WWE Network for $9.99 less than you can now.

Free tier of WWE Network launches today

Pro Wrestling

Connect
Newsletter Signup