Friday, 10 July 2015
HARLEY QUINN & POWER GIRL #1 – DC COMICS
Writers: Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray
Art: Stephane Roux
According to DC, this miniseries tells the story of what happened between two panels in HARLEY QUINN #12, and why not? This is a ton of fun from writers Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray, who specialise in this kind of screwball but affectionate romp, and they're on good form here.
Harley Quinn and Power Girl find themselves flung through a teleportation portal and into a bizarre landscape of small creatures and giant monsters, which provides both a lot of comedy and a fair bit of action for the price of admission.
The story is a little bit silly in places, but that works well with the characters. The interplay between the hyperactive Harley and the superhero bluster of Power Girl is a delight throughout, and lifts what could have been a muddle of an issue right up.
Ending with nice cliffhanger for the next issue, it's an entertaining sci-fi yarn with lashings of the comedy we've come to expect from the characters and the creators. The script is tight and paced well, and the art of Stephane Roux is exquisite. There's so much going on in the facial expressions that the characters really come to life on the page. A raucous and fun read.