Harley Quinn, Issue Sixty-Two

Writer Sam Humphries 

Artist Otto Schmidt

Letterer Dave Sharpe

Cover Guillem March & Arif Prianto

Variant Cover Frank Cho & Sabine Rich

How I missed Ms. Quinn!  It’s been awhile since I’d read a Harley Quinn book, so long that Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti were still writing and doing the art on it.  Sam Humphries has shown me that he is just as able to make me love a crazy, face-painted, Clown Prince of Crime-loving, former psychiatrist.

Gotham City has been turned into the Kingdom of Gotham by The Enchantress in one of the previous issues, and at the start of this issue Harley and Cat Woman are tied to a stake, set to be burned alive for heresy against The Enchantress.  I guess Enchantress doesn’t like Harley telling everybody in the kingdom that they live in a false reality created by Enchantress.

Harley and Cat Woman do end up escaping the burning stake and figuring out how to break the spell so as to return everything and everyone back to normal. Sadly, after they break the spell, by breaking an enchanted hourglass, nobody remembers who they are, and they still find themselves trapped in the warped reality.   

The way Harley and everyone else gets out of their predicament was seriously genius, and seriously funny. Sam Humphries must be a smart and funny dude, I’d like to meet him. “Joanna DC, Continuity Cop,” arrives and…

“By Schwartz, by Levitz, by Steve Orlando! In the name of continuity, I hereby declare a line-wide Retcon!”

Joanna DC, Continuity Cop

Ha! That page with the above quote and the following three were inspired and very funny, as were the preceding pages. I could go on about the dialogue in this book but you really should read it for yourself. 

The art in this book was gorgeous as well, though at times some of the characters faces were oddly stretched or had strange proportions, that was my only complaint about the books art. The layouts were fun, the pencils were good, the inks were good. The colors!  The colorwork in this book was outstanding, and my favorite part of the art. It was barely a second to the writing and dialogues first place. Truly great work by Otto Schmidt.

I loved this, you should too, so go…

Read it!

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