“Who Killed Harley Quinn?” – Part Three
Writer: Stephanie Phillips
Artist: Matteo Lolli
Color Artist: Rain Beredo
Letterer: AndWorld Design
Review by Kendra Hale
Harley Quinn #24 comes to us this week with further knowledge in the mystery of who killed Harley. A few more doors are opening up with leads, and she’s ready to blast right through them. There’s a lot going on in this issue, so let us dispense with the pleasantries and just dive right in!
Lacking In Real Moral Fiber
Zsasz is just minding his business, doing what he does on a normal night. His victim cowers in an alley way trying to grasp why he was chosen by the serial killer. Thankfully, for the victim, their dance is interrupted by our lovely gang of Harley’s, come to collect Zsasz for a one on one with their boss.
In an interrogation done in pure Harley Quinn fashion, she presses Zsasz to tell her about her killer. Zsasz has a pulse on the city and a hyper focus to know when any little thing is off. Her gamble pays off as Zsasz informs her of some shady things happening over in a warehouse where bodies of, not only Black Mask’s men are found, but other crime families as well.
She’s struck gold as she comes face to face with her killer… but is she ready to face them?
That Is Indeed Blood
There are so many parts of Harley Quinn #24 that are memorable. This is largely in part to a dual success between writing and artwork. There are many scenes which genuinely show the balance of hilarity and seriousness, but the best for me is the interrogation scene with Zsasz. Harley has a moment where she’s gotten ahead of herself, trying to get Zsasz to talk, and then realizes she never removed his gag.
I sat at my desk as I read this scene and was like, how many times have I gotten ahead of myself, in excitement and false confidence, only to realize I’ve completely missed a step? It ‘s a moment of sheer perfection. Another one is the overuse of the fog machine leading to a coughing fit. The art is just brilliant. Bravo Stephanie, Matteo, Rain, and AndWorld Design.
There are so many reasons to fall in love with this series. The cover variants from Lee Bermejo, Leirix, and Ludo Lullabi are fabulous, each distinctly different and each given different emotions upon viewing them. Matteo Lolli and Rain Beredo give us a main cover that’s fantastic as well. It’s always a joy to see a main cover on the same level as the variants.
Harley Quinn #24 gives us humor and answers. It also delivers one of my favorite moments so far in this run, with Harley as Sherlock Holmes and Zsasz as Dr. Watson. I can’t wait to see what comes next with this storyline!
Images Courtesy Of DC Entertainment