Friday, August 21, 2015
Review: HARLEY QUINN AND POWER GIRL #1
DC COMICS – @DCComics
[This review was first published on Patreon.]
WRITERS: Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, and Justin Gray
ART: Stephane Roux
COLORS: Paul Mounts
LETTERS: John J. Hill
COVER: Amanda Conner with Paul Mounts
VARIANT COVERS: Stephane Roux
32pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (August 2015)
Rated “T” for “Teen”
Harley Quinn created by Paul Dini and Bruce Timm; Power Girl created by Gerry Conway, Ric Estrada, and Wally Wood
Harley Quinn is a DC Comics character, specifically a villain. However, Harley Quinn originated as a character on the animated television series, "Batman" (also known as Batman: The Animated Series; FOX Network, 1992). Harley was created by Paul Dini and Bruce Timm and made her first appearance in the episode “Joker’s Favor” (September 11, 1992), as a female sidekick of The Joker and his eventual accomplice. Harley made her first comic book appearance in The Batman Adventures #12 (September 1993), DC Comics’ comic book spin-off of the animated series.
Power Girl (birth name Kara Zor-L) is a DC Comics female superhero. She was created created by Gerry Conway, Ric Estrada, and Wally Wood and first appeared in All Star Comics #58 (January/February 1976). Power Girl is a cousin of some sort of Superman.
Harley and Powergirl are now a duo in the new “DCYou” comic book series, Harley Quinn and Power Girl. The series is written by the trio of Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, and Justin Gray, drawn by Stephane Roux, colored by Paul Mounts, and lettered by John J. Hill.
Harley Quinn and Power Girl #1 (“Extrastellar Exploitations”) opens in “La Galaxia del Sombrero” on “Hoard Moon.” [See the 2014 Harley Quinn comic book, issues #11-13, apparently.] Power Girl/Kara is suffering from amnesia, and Harley is telling jokes. Both women discover that they can get answers about their predicament from Lord Vartox of Valeron, but he is being held prisoner by world-beater, Oreth Odeox, on the Lust Moon of Lustox.
Harley Quinn and Power Girl #1 has some beautiful art. Stephane Roux is a talent, and the accomplished and famed colorist, Paul Mounts, makes this comic book one of the prettiest you can find on comic book store shelves.
Sadly, the comic book isn't much to read. It is one of the stupidest things that I have read in awhile. I can understand the writers' egos allowing them to believe that this is something for which they should accept a paycheck. However, there should be a level of corporate shame that would have forced DC “Entertainment” to shelve this, but they didn't and have the gall to accept payment for this from customers. Or... maybe Harley Quinn and Power Girl will turn out to be a good series.
Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux
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