YES, YOU READ THAT RIGHT!
Pretty much all comic readers have one book or specific character that is hands down their favorite. They will defend the books or the series of said character to the grave. Some people have a love for Spider-Man, some Superman, and of course, Batman. For the last four years, mine character has been Harley Quinn. The writing team of Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti have brought some much depth to Harley as a character in the last five years. They’ve taken this character in places that no other writer prior has taken her. She’s been a sidekick to Power Girl, teamed up with Wonder Woman and Zatanna, brought down the Penguin; just to name a few.
However, at the turn of spring this year, the couple hung up their pencils on the book and moved on to other projects. This was their grand re-entrance to Harley & friends. Given their history on the book and the mini-series, Harley’s Little Black Book, you’d think this would be a slam dunk. There in which is where the problem lies. It’s actually, kind of boring.
IS IT A MISSED OPPORTUNITY?
Palmiotti and Conner create this unlikely friendship between Gossamer & Quinn as they hunt down the Joker for putting robots in her city. Only he’s not doing it. The revelation of who is truly behind the robots feels cheap and forced. While the overall book isn’t up to par with the rest of the writing’s team previous Quinn books – it’s not without its’ charm. They are several moments littered throughout the book where I was laughing aloud and looking like a fool. Hey, it’s worth it.
While the story throughout the book aren’t always the strongest, the art does indeed pick up where the writing falls short. The artist, Pier Brito, does create an environment where the art does pop and come alive. Given the nature of the story it does go through different color palettes but Brito still shines even during the darkest moments.
Overall, Harley Quinn & Gossamer #1, feels like a missed opportunity. The overarching story feels flooded with an unlikely match with even worse chemistry. This does provide a decent number of laughs but its’ not enough to save the final product. The redeeming factor of this book, however, is the art. Brito beautifully shines with every panel and every interaction.
FINAL SCORE: 5 / 10
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