Harley Quinn Volume 5: The Joker’s Last Laugh

Harley Quinn Vol 5

 

Publisher: DC Comics
Released: January 24th 2017
Received: Own
Issues: 21-25
Rating: 4 kitty rating

 

This was probably one of my favorite Harley Quinn issues from New 52. The title raised certain expectations in my mind, and it didn’t disappoint (thankfully!). I loved the artwork, as per usual. The humor is spot-on and very much what I’ve come to expect from Harley and her crew.

Spoiler Warning

There are two reasons I loved this volume so much: how Harley handled the Mason issue, and the Joker interaction (and namesake of the volume). I’ve been a huge fan of the change in Joker and Harley’s relationship, so I’m likely a bit biased here. I’ve just been desperate for an update and more confrontation on that side.

I’ll discuss my two favorite events in the order they came up. First is the Mason issue. Somebody was out to have Harley’s new sort-of-boyfriend killed, and obviously Harley wasn’t going to stand for that. She made a couple of (decent) attempts at helping Mason out, but in the end learned that she had to let him go and solve things on his own (with a little help from one of the good guys). It showed a lot of growth on Harley’s part.

Now the Mason plot was pretty directly the cause of Harley seeing the Joker again (Mason having been transferred to Arkham despite him totally not being a high enough threat for that). When sabotaging her relationship with Mason didn’t work (by trying to poison the guy’s opinion of her), he moved on to taunting Harley. Not the best move on his part, as it caused Harley to decide that they needed to have it out once and for all. Her intention was to talk, but the Joker is insanely (no pun indented…ok a little bit intended) good at pushing people’s buttons to get what he wants. Ultimately though Harley won, but in the moral sense – she’s now held to the same level as Batman (where the Joker would prefer that she killed him than leave him). So achievement unlocked?

The remaining members of the Harley Gang are starting to get fleshed out a bit more. I originally thought I wouldn’t like Harvey (he appeared very stereotyped at first) but with a few background details and more interaction with him…he’s growing on me. I’m fond of Coach too. Here’s hoping if the Gang sticks around they’ll spend more time with the rest of them as well.

As per usual I loved the Ivy appearances (if you’re read my past reviews you’ll know I’m holding out for an Ivy solo comic). Her relationship status with Harley was a little less subtle this volume, but I’m ok with that. Other characters have started to figure it out as well, so there are some more direct comments on it. Her concern about Harley possibly seeing the Joker again was sweet – and also totally valid.

There’s another one shot comic in the end of this volume. It isn’t one of my favorites, though I’ll admit it is funny. Basically Harley finds a genie and abuses her wishes in ways that only Harley could. Need I say more?

I can’t wait to see what volume 6 (Black, White and Red All Over) brings us! From there I’ll be binging my way through Harley Quinn Rebirth. Should be fun (and a little bit crazy!).

Advertisements

About Liz

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, graphic designer, and much more. I love to create art, and am willing to try and artistic technique at least once. I am particularly fond of artworks involving a lot of emotion and color. The purpose of my blog is for me to be open and honest with myself and the world about my attempts to grow as an artist. The facts: My favorite color is constantly changing, so don’t worry about trying to keep up with that! I’m in my 20’s, married, and looking to find the perfect job for me (ideally something that can involve my creativity or my love of animals). I have 6 cats (If we’re being technical, I have 2 cats and my parents have 4), a bearded dragon, a parakeet, and two betas. I adore all of them, and they frequently are my photography models. My blog will primarily be consisting of my 365 (366) photography project, updated daily (hopefully). I’m also working on a 52 weeks project, where I try a new type of photography style or technique each week. That will be updated as the photos are processed.
This entry was posted in Comics, Graphic Novels, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s