Review: Part 2
Welcome back to Part 2 of my Harley Quinn review! Let's pick up where we left off shall we?
Harley's got a new look, her own story, and crazy adventures that only Harley can manage to get herself into. Since every big bounty hunter in Brooklyn is out to get Harley, she's always on the look out. They can show up at any time and anywhere when she least expects it. Harley succeeds in defending herself, but becomes extremely exhausted. At this point Harley's feeling a bit depressed and annoyed, until an old friend pays her a visit.
Harley and Poison Ivy Reunite!
Poison Ivy makes a short appearance in issue #2 Helter Shelter to visit Harley. She then makes more appearances in the last couple of issues in Volume 1.
Harley and Ivy's relationship is vital to Harley's past. In past comic issues, Harley has been dumped, abused, and abandoned by the Joker. When Harley didn't have anyone to rely on, Poison Ivy picked her up and built her up again. She injected Harley with an antitoxin which made her immune to toxins, gave her super-human strength and agility. However, Harley and Ivy had complications due to the fact that Harley would always run back to the Joker, even though their relationship was toxic.
In this new version, Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn have the same dynamic friendship that we all can't help but love. Ivy acts as an older sister to Harley by always having her back and defending her no matter what. Although they are considered villains and are responsible for notable crimes, there's something about their chemistry that makes readers adore them. Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti did a fantastic job capturing their friendship.
Harley's Extreme Roller Derby
Looking for other ways to make money, Harley found a Roller Derby team, The Brooklyn Bruisers, that held tryouts for a paid position. Harley took roller derby to a whole different level by knocking out anyone who got in her way. The Captain of the team instructed "no holding back" and Harley certainly didn't hold back at all.
I thought that this was a fantastic idea for Harley's character. Let's face it, being a psychiatrist can be boring, even for Harley. The roller derby scenes provided action and comedy. Personally, I wish that Conner and Palmiotti could have provided a little more roller derby scenes in this volume. It was hilarious and the art was fantastic. In my opinion, Harley's "Bodacious Booty Bump" had to have been my favorite knock out move.
In conclusion, my overall thoughts on Volume 1 are that issues #0-8 were absolutely fantastic. I love Harley's insane and complex character and there was just the right amount of action and comedy filled throughout the issues. I had always loved the idea of Harley having her own solo comic issues and I praise Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti for giving Harley the spotlight that she deserves.
I can't wait to read Volume 2 (coming out April 14, 2015) and see what new adventures Harley's got in store!