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What have we here? Is Harley in a SIN jogging club? (Safety In Numbers) She’s even setting the pace to keep everyone on their toes and heart rates up, right on. Great to see you back @Razzzcat . You’ve been missed.
After reading the first 4 issues of “Harley Screws Up the DCU”, I declare this book to be…just okay.
Let me explain my thoughts. This book has a lot of strong connections to the New 52 era of Harley Quinn, both in terms of characters and writing style. My feelings on this era of the character are mixed. On the one hand, it did do a fair bit to develop Harley as an independent character. Took her out of Gotham, gave her a group of characters to work off of, and tried to help further develop her beyond her origin as the Joker’s girlfriend. But my biggest problem with that era is it felt like it was ALL chaos ALL the time. It never really took a moment to slow down or let things sink in. We jumped from one crazy shenanigan right into another in a split second. With the Rebirth era, it felt like it would take a breather every once in a while to have Harley process something important. And the current volume started off with her trying to help traumatized Gotham citizens while developing a friendship with a former Joker henchman, Kevin. That allowed her to develop her own identity while leaving enough room for her usual antics.
Another problem I have with this book is that I feel burned out by all these “Harley does something involving the multiverse/timeline” arcs. Not only did the current Harley volume finish up an arc involving Harley battling/teaming up with multiversal versions of herself, but the new arc to kick off the Dawn of DC era involves her being able to grab items out from different universes unknowingly. It just feels like we are repeating the same basic ideas over and over.
But in all honesty, there is nothing fundamentally wrong with “Harley Screws Up the DCU”. While it is all too familiar and chaotic for me, there are some funny moments. And any story that has Starro as the main villain has to have some level of enjoyment. I wouldn’t mind reading more if further issues were selected for Book Club, I’m just not interested in reading more outside of that.
I agree with the “it’s okay” assessment. My problem is it’s just not funny even though it’s trying to be. And you’re right - they did just to a timeline/multiverse arc in the main title and that storyline was a lot more successful for me (I dig more some Old Lady Harley).
I like the art, though, especially the splash pages.
This started as a fun idea, but fell flat. The concept and art was good at least, but after a few issues Harley’s charm seems to be missing. She could be literally anyone. It seems like the writers were just using her as a scapegoat to push a plot along, which means the jokes don’t land they way they could if it were Harley, and not just someone drawn to look like Harley. I’m sayin’ 2 out of 5 stars