Writers: Jimmy Palmiotti & Frank Tieri
Harley Quinn and Her Gang of Harleys, as well as the solo series that spawned it, are both known for their unique brand of humor, adventurism, and throwing many curveballs and concepts at you that you never saw coming. Believe me, we get that in this issue, but Jimmy Palmiotti and Frank Tieri also further along the plot generously, rewarding readers with juicy information we all have been waiting months for. There’s probably a bit more to learn on its way, but do expect a bit of payoff in the meantime.
Joining them once again is artist extraordinaire Mauricet, who proves invaluable when bringing the script to life. In addition to the usual wide array of facial expressions, he satisfyingly renders a variety of settings and, perhaps most impressive of all, a Trump-like hairdo.
Although I really liked the first three issues, an air of familiarity was almost beginning to set it and this installment breaks the mold in refreshing ways. Not only do we get a glimpse into the madness that is Harley Sinn, we learn her real name and a little bit about her history. And, like any good James Bond villain, she has her own island, complete with stylized lair. Yes, I’m calling it a lair.
I do hope we get a “who she is and how she came to be” very soon when it comes to Sinn. The likelihood of that is high and I guess my expectations have become so as well. Perhaps that puts pressure on the creators, but when something this enjoyable runs adjacent to such a killer solo series, you want that level of quality to continue.
The Gang itself remains the main focus, but do know there’s enough good material with Harley herself to satisfy fans. This might be the best rescue mission to an island since Arnold Schwarzenegger saved a young Alyssa Milano from a guy wearing chainmail and leather pants in Commando.