As Ivy becomes increasingly engrossed in her new job, and increasingly tempted by an old flame who has re-entered her life, Harley finds herself assisting Batgirl on an important mission that goes horribly awry.
Meanwhile, Clayface and King Shark have been pursuing Harley, confused about their old friend’s new allegiances.
Dark Knight NewsWith so many plots unfolding I’m excited to see where the events of Harley Quinn: The Animated Series – Legion of Bats #4 will lead us. I’m certainly excited to see what awaits Harley and Ivy as they both try to figure out where they stand, both as individuals and together as a couple. Also… just what is Lady Marabunta up to? It seems like she’s much more than meets the eye. I guess we will all see in the next issue.
The Comicbook DispatchHarley Quinn the Animated Series: Legion of Bats! #4 is another great issue of the mini-series, setting up the menace of Black Mask and his False Face Society, and giving us some great moments with Harley and Batgirl in action and Ivy and Frank the Plant at odds. It’s an issue filled with laughs, action and some touching moments too, and it’s highly recommended.
Geek DadThe Harley Quinn animated series is always odd, but it has a sort of chaotic energy that works for it. This series captures that at its best, but this issue is a strange misfire. Some subplots, like Clayface and King Shark’s ridiculous team-up, are a lot of fun, and Harley and Batgirl working together has its moments. However, the ongoing emotional affair between Ivy and Gardener just seems to rely on people making the worst possible decisions. The dramatic art shift between the first and second half of the issue is genuinely distracting—the first art team is very much in the vein of the show, while the second is sort of realist like a main-line DC comic. Then there’s the appearance of a major Bat-player at the end of the issue—but in a very different form that will likely remind people of her least-favorite incarnation ever. This issue is so busy that it’s hard to guess how things will play out, but it doesn’t leave the best impression.
Batman-NewsHarley Quinn: The Animated Series: Legion of Bats! #4 continues to struggle to nail down what the story is actually about. It’s awkwardly caught in the middle between seasons of a show it can’t interact with. As a result the narrative is drawn out and inconsequential, despite some fun character interactions found within. The art is split between two wildly different artists’ styles, with the lion’s share going to the lesser of the two. It’s a mixed bag to say the least.