- Title: Harley Quinn Vol. 2: Power Outage (the New 52)
- Author: Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti
- Publisher: DC Comics
- Publication: December 15, 2015
- Edition: 2015 paperback, collects #9-13, Future’s End, Harley Quinn invades Comic Con.
- Pages: 208
- Special Features: different cover styles, and cover sketches.
- Price: $19.99 CAD ($16.99 USD)
- ISBN: 978-1-4912-5763-7
Harley is at it again with her wild antics, and she’s just as crazy as the last time we saw her. Also more “Holy Guacamole” jokes that don’t land, and jokes that are boarding, if not already, lame.
I like the craziness, I like the adventures, and I like the people we meet along the way. Harley is entertaining, but I think the writers need to bring a comedic writer on board, because all the sayings their trying to pass off as jokes are not working. And Harley should be funny. At least she was when she was original introduced.
I loved seeing Harley and the Joker together here, even though it was just for a short while. And Harley’s adventures with Power Girl were fun, although I couldn’t help but make a comparison between a certain character they met to another belonging to a rival comic studio.
What I didn’t like though was Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti wrote Harley a new origin story, and I did not like it. I feel like anything that is meant to replace Mad Love, is just wrong, and I won’t consider it canon. Mad Love in my opinion was perfect, and I don’t see any reason to change it. In the new origin, Harley is written as having psychopathic thoughts at a young age, which would explain why she’s so violent when she’s older. This is such a twist on the old Harley, that’s it’s hard to digest, and can’t get behind it.
While I can enjoy the New 52 Harley, I can’t forget the impression original Harley made. Out of the two, I much prefer original, especially after reading this edition, and after what the writers did with Harley’s new origin story.
Overall rating: 3/5 stars. The jokes are not that great, and again, over use of the “hole guacamole” variations. The new origin story was not even close to being up to par as Mad Love, and the violent acts they are making Harley perform are starting to be too much. Especially when you remember how she use to be.
Would I recommend: Yes, I would still recommend it, because it’s still an interesting read, if you can keep original Harley stored away while reading and just enjoy this new interpretation of the character. I find the best way to enjoy her is to think, “Oh wow, what a coincidence, another character named Harley. Oh, and she has a fascination with a guy just like the Joker. How cool”, then it’s much easier to enjoy what you’re reading.
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