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So what’s the STORY morning glory?
In this final part of 'The Hunt for Harley Quinn', we are presented with a set-up, an origin, and a resolution, which is as nutty as the Joker himself.
THE SET-UP: Under Amanda Waller instructions, the Suicide Squad has to infiltrate Gotham City Police Departments Headquarters, and nab Harley Quinn before she spills the beans on who they are.
THE ORIGIN: Now it is pretty safe to say that Dr Harleen Quinzels first date with the Joker all those years ago, was a very memorable date indeed. Firstly, Harley helped him escape from Arkham Asylum. Next, the Joker took her to the place of his birth, a dip-tank full of chemicals, and then dipped her into it. And finally, both Harley and the Joker... errr... cemented their union together.
THE RESOLUTION: Regrettably, all the member of the Suicide Squad, are having a tough time capturing Harley. King Shark has to go into the sewers because Lime and Light can not shield his presence. Savant gets trapped by Harley in a cell. Lime looses her head when she gets captures by the police, care of Amanda Waller. And as for Deadshot - well - Harley traps him too, before he gives her a kiss with his shotgun, BOOM!
For me, I liked it when Harley cut Floyds lip with her knife, and he shouted at her by saying "Lady, you just picked sides on 'Dead or Alive'", because it had a touch of Clint Eastwood to it, huh?
What was the BEST thing about this issue?
There was a lot to this issue that I really did like. For example: (1) Harleys origin sequence was similar in vein to last issues attempt, but was slightly more retroactive in its execution - the same yet different, if you catch my drift. (2) Lime is dead. (3) The twist at the end of this issue was a nice touch all in all, because it does ask the question - what next?
What was the WORST thing about this issue?
I suppose my biggest gripe with this story was that it was too quick a read, and I did feel that the action took over from the story in places.
What was the most CREATIVE thing about this issue?
STORY: I did get a kick out of the Joker dipping Harley in the chemical tank, because I don't think that this was a part of her origin before. Moreover, the way that Harley came across like a reluctant stooge in her own origin recap, does make her conceptually appear like a bad girl with a good center also. Maybe.
ART: Now to be completely honest with you, I did not realize straight away that two different artists worked on this comic book - Clayton Hendry and Ig Guara. OK, I don't know if this says more about my observational skills or their work. However, I do know that their paneling and penciling did mesh together very well, considering that their overall work was very clean cut and nice to show.
HARLEY QUINN: Listen, I am positive that many of you out there do have a very specific person in mind, when you are thinking about this nice looking nutter. And for me, she has always been English actress, Anna Friel, because I know that she can do a very good
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SAVANT: If Kevin Smith's pal, Jason Mewes, had a hockey mask and an itch to scratch, he would be a dead cert for this pain in the plumbs.
If this issue had a MOVIE TAG LINE, what would it be?
F*ck On-Line Dating, Go To Arkham Aylum and Pick Up A Loon Today. Must Posses Own Hammer Though.
If this issue were a MOVIE, an OBJECT, or a piece of MUSIC, what would that be and why?
By in large this story was a resolution and an ending that entailed a lot of tragedy and heart ache. So why not compare it to something like Sinead O'Connor's soppy ballad "Nothing Compares 2 U".
If I finish reading a comic book and say to myself "What next?" - that means that I liked it - period. And do you know what? That is what this series has done to me month in, month out, because I cannot wait to see what Adam Glass is going to do with this series in the future.
Though, I do hope that he curbs the killing from time to time, and makes it more about the story and less about the deaths.
MARKS out of 10? 8.5