It’s hard to believe that Harley Quinn has reached its 30th issue. A character that was created for the animated series as Joker’s arm candy, is now one of the most popular characters in the DC universe. Looking back at sales Harley Quinn was consistently a popular choice among readers. Also since her inclusion in Suicide Squad and her main title we have seen her become her own independent character away from the Joker. Now with the release of Suicide Squad next weekend as well as her and Suicide Squad’s Rebirth titles mid-week, it is set to be a very important week for her character. With that we come to the last issue of this volume.
We find Harley once again fighting for the proverbial little guy. In this case an old tree that is set to be demolished that she has chained herself around. But of course she has over booked herself, she has patients waiting for her at the old people’s home. She leaves Tony in her place and heads off. On her way to work, she encounters a guy who refuses to give up his seat for a pregnant woman and well you can imagine how that ends up. Once at the home she learns that the old folks have been getting scammed by phone calls saying they owe money to the IRS and thus leaving them broke and having to leave the home. During one her appointments she helps an old man with his loneliness with providing him a new friend. On her way back to the tree she puts the Harley’s to investigate the scams that the old people are falling for and even picks up Tony some grub. Talking about Tony he is about to get thrashed by a construction worker with cement buckets, when Harley races and slams a cement truck into the guy. Just as she is about to take on the entire construction crew, the people of the neighborhood step in and fight by her side and a brawl erupts. It is at that moment that Harley realizes that protecting the tree is not her cause but the folks who lives there, she stands down and shares a meal with Tony. They end up tearing down the tree anyway but not without Harley having something to say about it. She calls you guessed it, Poison Ivy who ends up turning the entire area into a protected wetland. The issues ends with Harley and Ivy embraced in the tree.
One of the greatest traits of Harley Quinn is how loyal she is to her friends. Also it is very evident that she commits to things to a homicidal level. The biggest problem she has is that she tends to take on too much and that is what gets her into trouble and she seems to have an issue to saying no to anyone. This is something that a lot of us in the real world can relate to. Once again Amanda and Jimmy do a fantastic job at showing so many different sides of Harley in a single issue. Her stubbornness with the tree, her compassion for people in need (pregnant lady and the old man who had lost his bird), her intellect conducting psychological evaluations, her insanity in running someone over with a cement truck at a seconds notice and her love she shows to Tony and Ivy. That is a lot to constantly fit in a book without it feeling repetitive. The only downside (and this is just me being picky) is the artwork, just because I had been so used to seeing Chad Hardin’s amazing workfor such a long time. I wasn’t too thrilled with the way she was drawn. The colors on the other hand are great as usual. With Harley’s rebirth title only a few days away I can think of what the heck Jimmy and Amanda are going to think up next?
Harley Quinn #30
Publisher: DC Comics
Writer: Amanda Conner & Jimmy Palmiotti
Artist: Elsa Charretier