Monday, August 15, 2016

Booknote: Harley Quinn, Volume 4

Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti, Harley Quinn, Volume 4: A Call to Arms. Burbank, CA: DC Comics, 2016. ISBN: 978-1-4012-6253-2.

Genre: comics and graphic novels
Subgenre: anti-heroes, humor
Format: e-book galley
Source: NetGalley

Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti continue their contribution on this great series. This is a series I continue to enjoy for its lightness and humor. In a time when major DC titles are a mess, to put it mildly, this series is a nice change of pace and a breath of fresh air.

In this volume, Harley Quinn forms her own crime fighting force to clean up her neighborhood...for a fee, of course. This certainly has the potential to go wrong, but it also has potential to be a lot of fun. Sure enough, many hijinks ensue including finding a sailor doped up on some mystery algae. I am not sure if the sailor's passing resemblance to Popeye was intentional, but it did add to the silliness. But that is not all. Also, when her uncle passes away, she has to get his remains from California to New York. The result is a girls' road trip as her BFF's, Poison Ivy and Catwoman, come along for the ride.

This was a light, fun volume to read. It has a nice, quick pace, and a lot of humor, hijinks, and action. I smiled often as I read this one; the stories could get silly at times, but that is part of the fun in reading the series. Additionally, Harley's road trip ends on a positive and bittersweet note which made for a good way to end the volume. In addition, the art on the this volume is great. The women look great, well drawn, and a pleasure to look at. The art overall is a good reason to pick up this volume. Even Harley's dream sequences are fun. This is a series I recommend, and it is one I would add to my collection. The series continues to be in great shape, and it is one of the few pleasures to read from DC these days.

5 out of 5 stars.

This book qualifies for the following 2016 Reading Challenges:

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