There can be only one Harley Quinn… or, ya know, maybe like 100?
The Multiverse is a strange place. Old Lady Harley, Harley Who Laughs, Harley who joined a bowling league in Indiana for the free chicken wings… we’ve got the whole gang together and we’re ready to put the fun in this Multiversal murder mystery, and maybe also cause more murder with a side of mayhem.
Join the team for an epic 25th issue of Harley Quinn!
Dark Knight NewsFirst of all I must say that this arc’s taking twists and turns I could never have predicted and that’s something that I cherish. I genuinely cannot wait to see what is coming for Harley Quinn in the coming issues. Regardless of what it could be, I bet it will be a guaranteed thrill ride for anyone willing to take the leap and enjoy it.
The Super Powered FancastThe Story: In this issue, Phillips treats the reader to the best of Harley Quinn. She is able to capture the emotional maturity, intelligence, humor, and overall bad-ass nature of this anti-hero. I am impressed that Phillips has chosen to use a multiverse story line to end her run of this series. And although this issue is part 4 of the final arc, this episode feels like the beginning of a love letter to Harley Quinn. Deliciously exciting action sequences aside, I was captivated by the dialogue between Harleys and their acknowledgement of the Joker’s influence over their lives. As they waxed philosophical on their experiences, I was struck by the level of growth displayed by the two survivors of abuse. The two women battling an angrier, less healed version of themselves, in my opinion, is representative of trauma, and how past wounds will sometimes reappear in times of sorrow. As Bowling League Harley deals with her resurrection, I hope she will find healing as she interacts with the various versions of herself and learns what it truly means to love all the parts of yourself. The Art: This issue contains spectacular, high-octane action-oriented panels. The modern, realistic styling and attention to detail captivate the eye and perfectly captures the energy and tone of the tale. I found the illustration both appealing and immersive.
Geek DadThe pairing between the young, traumatized Harley and her older, more cynical version allows the two of them to talk about the wounds that never healed from their time with Joker. But of course, there isn’t much time to reflect as the villain isn’t far behind them. A McGuffin that lets the Harley Who Laughs stalk them through the multiverse is the focus of the fight, but we also have a major twist at the end that reveals more Harleys—a lot more. This is just a fun, chaotic issue that fits an oversized anniversary story, but it also packs more emotional weight than I would expect from the subject matter in several places.
But Why Tho?Harley Quinn #25 showcases how unpredictable this series can be from one issue to another. The “Who Killed Harley Quinn” arc has been transported in a direction that was unforeseeable at the beginning, and it has branched into a story verging on a Crisis. The energy and ability to balance tones will always make this book infectious. The art is glorious and full of personality, which is this comic’s most important aspect.
You Don't Read ComicsThe funhouse clown car of the final splash page is fun. It could mean good things for the next issue if everything comes together at the right angles, but it’s going to be really, really difficult to keep everything from feeling indistinct. It’s hard enough to keep every character distinct in a massive crossover issue. Doing so under the circumstances that Phillips is working with at the end of the 25th issue will be a real challenge.
Weird Science DC ComicsHarley Quinn #25 dips into multiverse shenanigans with a nonsensical plot, terrible jokes, and tone-deaf attempts at heart and character development. The art is solid, so that's something at least.
The Batman UniverseThe end of Phillips’s run on Harley Quinn continues to feel rushed and chaotic. This isn’t the strongest arc in the book thus far, but I’m still interested to see where it ends.
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ComicBook.comThe issue is generally just an example of DC trying to throw things at the wall to see what sticks and in this case, nothing really does.