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Harley Quinn #30

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Here I am in the midst of a veritable midlife extradimensional existential crisis of epic proportions, and if that’s not bad enough…I got a giant, bloodthirsty, killer anthropo-whatsit rabbit man with a big ol’ carrot-shaped axe to grind after me. Good thing I got my hyena spiritual advisors, Bud and Lou, to guide me on this fiendish foray into a frenzy of ferocious furballs. Plus: the introduction of my very own cosmic workout gear that is in no way an infringement on the Flash’s intellectual property. Also, in this month’s In-Continuity Dreams of Harley Quinn, we’ve cooked up a real doozy for ya! It’s got swords, armor, fair maidens, and more side quests than you can shake your tuchus at!

Publication Date
Publisher
Format
Kindle Edition
Print Lenght
35 pages
Language
English
Price
$4.99
Amazon ASIN
B0C3DPJKMX

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9 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 90

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Harley Quinn #30 is a wild ride from the first page to the last, tossing Harley into a cosmic situation out of her comfort zone as we watch her figure out a way to get to Earth-26, running into some hilarious moments along the way. The issue ends with a great cliffhanger that promises to pull Poison Ivy into the fray. Recommended.
  • 90

    But Why Tho?

    Harley Quinn #30 is a weird and wonderful world. Constantly fluctuating from gentle to savage, this is a book that absolutely shatters normality. Conventions go out of the window in a Harley Quinn comic. The rollercoaster of emotions and unpredictability maintains the energy of this ever-changing and never sitting still.
  • 90

    Dark Knight News

    Harley Quinn #30 gives us the speed we need to succeed. Will Harley be able to save Rodney Rabbit? Will the timeline be straightened back out? Will Bud get the biscuit he’s drooling for? Let’s find out next issue! See you then.
  • 85

    AIPT

    What do a multiversal magic cartoon fish, Harley Quinn, and utter doom have in common? They’re all elements of the current story arc in Harley Quinn #30! The new Dawn of DC series by Tini Howard and Sweeney Boo is heating up as Harley has come to realize she may have accidentally doomed an entire universe. It’s the same universe as Captain Carrot operates–the Superman of that universe–and in Harley Quinn #30, we get to see the damage done. (...) Harley Quinn #30 is a great example of how far you can take the character when you lean into the cartoony nature of Harley’s antics amped up by a literal cartoon universe. This series has a great sense of humor with eye-catching art that pairs well with the zany antics. Plus, we get a fun fairy tale backup story to round things out!
  • 85

    Geek Dad

    Tini Howard had a tough job ahead of her taking over Harley Quinn after two wildly acclaimed runs, and her decision seems to be to go all-in on making this book as bizarre as possible. After two slightly rocky first issues, it seems to be finding its groove as things get wild—literally. An extended prelude on Captain Carrot’s world finds the rabbit hero facing off against the evil Backseid—only to find himself missing the Vorpal Fish, the all-powerful weapon he needed that Harley casually took from the multiverse to whack Two-Face, not fully understanding what she was doing. That leaves the world in disarray, and Captain Carrot the sole survivor and quickly descending into madness. This is just one of the many things Harley has to set right to please her multiversal judges, who are now represented by cosmic beings taking the form of Bud and Lou, her pet hyenas. After an extended segment where she tries to get a pass to the multiverse while neglecting her teaching duties, Harley is off to Captain Carrot’s world—where she’s not received all that well, as you might expect. Meanwhile, Ivy comes home to an unpleasant surprise, and the whole multiversal quest is about to get a little more complicated. Howard’s script is tighter and funnier this issue, but the real all-star is the kinetic and cartoony art of Sweeney Boo, which shifts perfectly in tone between the various worlds Harley visits. The backup, by Nicole Maines and Mindy Lee, is excellent as well. Set in a medieval world—but not Dark Knights of Steel, it finds Harley as a crusading knight on the trail of a sleeping green-skinned princess. But as she seeks out the location of the tower, she winds up having to do one annoying and often disgusting side quest for peasants after another in exchange for information. The creative team creates some hilariously gross perils for Harley, with an excellent and all too relatable punchline.
  • 80

    You Don't Read Comics

    As strange as things have gotten, they've been a lot weirder for Harley in the years past. Howard is taking the character a little bit less seriously than she's been taken before. And that's perfectly fine. She's a very dynamic and rubbery sort of a hero who could easily fit into just about any corner you happen to shove her in. It's one of the reasons why she's been so successful for so long. She can do serious heart-crushing drama, and she can do totally bonkers slapstick. Sometimes in the same panel. Howard seems to understand this. And she seems to be moving the character in a direction that can fully embrace every angle.
  • 45

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Harley Quinn #30 is a clownish nightmare of a comic masquerading as a bad Looney Tunes cartoon. The plot has a basic foundation for Harley to leverage in her journey to becoming a hero, but the random, over-the-top developments keep getting in the way. Coupled with offensively colored art, you have the comic equivalent of a candy store hit by a tornado.
  • 40

    ComicBook.com

    While the art in Harley Quinn #30 is great and a lot of fun, as this particular run continues with this issue, one can't help but get the feeling that we're just continuing in a weird cycle of Harley writers having her do the same tired trying to find herself over and over and over and over just in different ways but. never really going anywhere with it, gaining no real character over time and, in this case, doing it in the most chaotic and hard to follow way possible. This issue brings Captain Carrot into things, which is wild and kind of fun, but everything is zany just to be zany and so much so that it makes any introspection or story taking place really hard to dig into or take seriously. Or even follow. This is pretty messy and it feels like this issue in particular is really losing its thread.
  • 20

    The Batman Universe

    DC seems determined to ruin the Harley Quinn book. Sweeney Boo’s art remains fun to look at it, but the book itself is almost unreadable. Perhaps the next arc will be less terrible.

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About the Author: Tini Howard

Tini Howard is an American comic book writer. She is best known for her work on X-Men titles, namely Excalibur as well as Boom Studio’s Power Ranger titles. It was announced in mid-October 2021 that she’d be taking over Catwoman at DC Comics starting with issue #39.

Career

As a winner of the 2013 Top Cow Talent Hunt, Tini Howard’s first comics credit was 2014’s Magdalena: Seventh Sacrament. She then continued working with Top Cow Productions. She has since been a writer on comic book iterations of properties like Rick and Morty, Power Rangers and Barbie, as well as created comic books like Assassinistas and Euthanauts, which were published by IDW.

In 2019 at the C2E2 “Women of Marvel” panel, it was announced Howard had signed an exclusive contract with Marvel Comics. Since then, she’s worked on the company writing Excalibur (as part of Dawn of X), Strikeforce, Death’s Head, Thanos and Age of Conan: Belit.

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