They really tried to throw me in prison for somethin’ I didn’t do! I mean, this time I didn’t do anything. In the past, I did things. Lots of things…But that’s not the point. The point is, I’m innocent! It’s a frame job, I tell ya! The only way out of this is to catch the real culprit, and for that I need Batwoman. Seriously, who doesn’t need Batwoman? Skintight suit, mucho muscles, and that hair! Anyways, Batwoman’s in this one, and we might finally reveal Verdict’s true identity! Will the mystery be solved in time to save my good name? DUN DUN DUN!
But Why Tho?Harley Quinn #15 is a superb issue filled with energy. This creative team is constantly making this comic one of the most soulful on the market. It brings characters to life in a way that makes them extremely captivating. Being framed for murder isnt a unique plot concept, but with this group of characters, it becomes individual. The team-up is golden and we are left with the feeling that this final page will be explosive for the relationships of the comic. And this is a book built on relationships.
DC Comics NewsI still find it surprising that a Harley Quinn title has become one of my favorite books. but Stephanie Phillips has managed to keep me coming back each month, eager to see what Harley's up to in each new issue. I have a special place in my heart for comics that are fun, and Phillips' Harley Quinn is definitely a hell of a lot of fun.
The Super Powered FancastThe Story: In this chapter, Phillips presents and interesting treatise on the nature of humanity. Harley’s reflection on masking is both relatable and heart wrenching. I really appreciate the quieter moments of this series when Harley explores her vulnerabilities and life story. Amidst all the chaos and humor lies a woman who is trying to make peace with everything she has been through and change the course of her future. Harley Quinn’s story is a lesson in strength and determination, and I hope others enjoy watching her evolution as much as I do. The Art: This issue uses a modern design that feels very youthful and dreamlike. I feel the artistic design perfectly encapsulates the mindset of Harley.
Geek DadPhillips is doing a great job pulling from all areas of Harley's status quo here, creating a version that feels stronger and more serious than past ones even while keeping no small about of typical Harley zaniness.
Dark Knight NewsMany questions remain as it feels like the arc of The Verdict is coming to a head. This issue gives us our first meeting with the main villain and Harley coming to terms with the masks she's been both forced to, and willingly, worn. I look forward to seeing where things are headed for those that are involved and what all this means for Harley and her friends.
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Weird Science DC ComicsHarley Quinn #15 takes the bold step of presenting a straightforward detective story starring Batwoman. Harley's rolling around on the floor spouting gibberish. Rossmo's art is Rossmo's art, and the story takes a few steps forward in a proper direction. However, the big surprise of this issue (Verdict's identity) is the least surprising thing of all.
The Batman UniverseI continue to appreciate the Verdict arc. Batwoman and Harley make an excellent team here in Harley Quinn #15. It is fascinating to see them as a couplet (not a “couple!”), especially because while Batwoman is another queer redhead to whom Harley is obviously attracted, Batwoman is extremely different from Ivy. The dynamic between the two is equally different. Thus far, Batwoman mostly seems to adopt Batman’s benign exasperation with Harley, but it will be interesting to see if the relationship deepens emotionally. Harley’s analysis of masks and masking is complex and benefits from multiple readings. I have always found masks fascinating, both literally and metaphorically, and it is terrific to learn Harley’s perspective on it. Writer Stephanie Phillips reminds us of Harley’s training and her brilliance, and there is much to contemplate in the way Harley analyzes her past in ways that have obvious relevance for all of us who mask as well. I do not generally comment on artist Riley Rossmo’s work in Harley Quinn because I do not like the cartoonish style and the reliance on circles and soft lines – but that is mostly a personal preference. However, some of the work in this issue feels rushed; Harley honestly looks like a Rugrat in her disguise.
ComicBook.comHarley Quinn #15 is something of an unexpected entry in the series to date, but unfortunately it doesn't really work. The issue is presented as a fairly straightforward detective story with Batwoman and Harley teaming up, but while Batwoman is competent and skilled, Phillips somehow seems to forget all of the work she's put into Harley and the character spends the issue with all of her more negative qualities dialed up to 11. She's goofy, weird, unfocused, childish, and more of a hindrance than a help, coming off less and less like a capable anti-hero who just so happens to also be bonkers, to be the cartoon equivalent of a bad manic pixie dream girl trope on acid in just about every terrible way possible. The issue practically infantilizes Harley and without any real purpose for it only to quickly shift to a big fight scene that is supposed to set up the "big reveal" about "The Verdict." On top of that, Rossmo's art is always an acquired taste, but it's pretty inconsistent here giving the book an overall feeling of just being a directionless mess.
Batman-NewsThis entire book was just frustrating for me to read. All the elements I like about Stephanie Phillips' Harley seem to be missing. The comedy doesn't work, and the one time we are treated to any character depth for Harley, we are given a monologue that doesn't make sense. On top of that, the overall arc is as predictable as it comes. Come on, DC. I know you can do better for Harley.