Old Lady Harley Quinn and Red Tool are in big trouble, but what else is new? In this third chapter the characters must face a gladitorial battle, new futuristic villains, and sci-fi futuristic madness.
So what’s it about?
The official summary reads:
Harley’s barely managed to escape from Gotham City–but going down the river to Blüdhaven might have been an even bigger mistake! The whole city is a prison, held in the grip of the bloodthirsty Bane Twins…and we’re sad to say, they definitely take after their father! And where there are criminals, you know there are Laughing Boys…and where there are Laughing Boys, can The Joker be far away?
Why does this matter?
This has been a wild ride with plenty of humor and entertaining action. There are a lot of nods to pop culture too. I think anyone could enjoy this.
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
I can’t help but love this series! In an age when many comic books draw out their stories, giving you far less in a single issue read, Frank Tieri and Inaki Miranda are giving us so much more. Each issue has been stuffed with inside jokes, clever reveals, and a plot that isn’t slowing down simply to fill out its five issue series. You have to wonder if the creative team had too many ideas but decided to stuff all of them in any way. Case in point, this issue opens with the series’ TV commercial and news aside that lampoons both. It’s the far future so products being sold and politics are very weird, but they still reflect our society today. It’s a fun element that I wasn’t sure about at first but now relish.
This issue continues to balance Harley Quinn’s flashbacks with Joker and the “now” very well too. Clearly, her breakup with Joker is what spurred on a lot of the disaster in this post-apocalyptic future and Harley’s feelings about these events matter a great deal. This allows Tieri to explore Harley’s emotional side so that the main story can focus on her kicking butt. In this issue, she takes on an interesting new version of two of Batman’s greatest rogues as well as a huge pop culture star in TV today. It’s over the top, but these flashbacks keep things grounded in some semblance of reality.
This issue harbors many fun action scenes with Miranda nailing every time. Seeing Catwoman scooter away from the baddies is hilarious, and getting some Red Tool ridiculousness never loses its humorous visual touch. It’s quite clear Mad Max inspired a lot of the visual and story elements and Miranda nails those too. There are also some intriguing sci-fi elements harkening to The Matrix and even 2001: A Space Odyssey which Miranda does well to capture.
It can’t be perfect, can it?
I was a tad confused as to why a specific henchman gets killed. I guess it’s a random act, but it made me wonder.
Is it good?
Unabashed, funny, and filled with surprises, Old Lady Harley is a blast.
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