In Review: Harley Quinn #0
The cover: Writer Amanda Conner has created this cover with interior colorist Paul Mounts. Harley is in her typical naughty nothingness (great touch of the 5150 on her shoulder pad), as she leans into a giant poster of the Joker, which she’s covered in kisses. It’s a nice cheesecake shot with the dialogue sounding typical of her. Nice, but nothing fabulous. I really wish I could have found a copy of the cover online with the logo, which is really nicely done with highlights in blood. Overall grade: B
The story: Hang on kids, it’s going to be a bumpy ride! “Picky Sicky” by Amanda Conner & Jimmy Palmiotti have Harley breaking the fourth wall as she wonders what it would be like to star in her own comic book, and the different artists that would draw her. This book reminds me of like the old Ambush Bug comics written by Keith Giffen and Robert Loren Fleming. And like the many different issues of that character, some of these pages are funny, some aren’t. As I read this book, I wondered if the artist suggested what they were going to do, did it, and then Conner and Palmiotti wrote the dialogue. Each page is only a showcase of the art, with Harley quipping and punning her way through the panels. Without spoiling what’s on each page, my favorite jokes were on Pages 5, 6, 7, 9, 12, 17 – 20. The final page provides the motivation for Harley to stop this issue’s humor and move onto her own series. This is a neat idea for comic, but it’s not fun enough for an entire issue. Overall grade: C-
The art: As each page is practically a different artist, you’re love will depend on what style of art you enjoy. The art is credited to (Brace yourself!) Amanda Conner, Becky Cloonan, Tony S. Daniel, Sandu Florea, Stephane Roux, Dan Panosian, Walter Simonson, Jim Lee, Scott Williams, Bruce Timm, Charlie Adlard, Adam Hughes, Art Baltazar, Tradd Moore, Dave Johnson, Jeremy Roberts, Sam Keith, Darwyn Cooke, and Chad Hardin. My favorite pages were by Cloonan, Simonson, Timm, and Cooke. I did like how it was acknowledged that the Lee pages were reprints and only the dialogue was changed. With this many artists, my enjoyment of the art bounced between hit and miss. Overall grade: C
The colors: Not as many as there were artists, but there are still a lot! Paul Mounts, Tomeu Morey, John Kalisz, Lovern Kindzierski, Alex Sinclair, Lee Loughridge, Dave Stewart, and Alex Sollazzo. I couldn’t tell you who does what page, but I thought the colors were best on Pages 1, 2, 5, 7, 9,11,12, 17 – 20. I liked more pages than disliked them. Overall grade: B
The letters: Only one credit? How odd on this book. John J. Hill does all the dialogue and the many sounds, succeeding on every page. Overall grade: A
The final line: Again, a great idea but unnecessary for a book. For completists only. Overall grade: C
Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comic Buyer’s Guide for a few years with “It’s Bound to Happen!” He had to give that up to teach 8th graders English for 19 years. He’s since moved to a high school where he’s taught 9th grade and currently teaches 10th graders English. He reads everything as often as he can, when not grading papers or looking up Star Trek, Star Wars or Indiana Jones items online.