Writer Sam Humphries
Artist Sami Basri
Colors Jessica Kholinne and HI-FI
Letters Steve Wands
Cover Guillem March and Arif Prianto
Variant Cover Frank Cho and Sabine Rich
This whole issue was uproarious and fun. Writer Sam Humphries is continuing his Harley Quinn goodness and I couldn’t be happier with his handling of her and the book. The amount of silly jokes, Fourth Wall breaking, jokes at DC’s expense, jokes at the writers expense and Harley’s making fun of and with big crossover events was astounding. Mr. Humphries’ love of comics and comic history is evident throughout the whole book as well.
Usually at this point in my discussion of a book I’d provide some examples that highlight what I’m liking about the writer or artist I’m writing on, but honestly I don’t feel I can do that right now. I don’t want to spoil any of the jokes that were absolutely killing me. If you haven’t read this book you really should, the writing and overall wittiness of Mr. Humphries’ work are stellar.
Mr. Humphries isn’t the only person on the creative team who’s schooling us on good comics. Artist Sami Basri’s pencilwork is top-shelf as well and is filled with the casual creativity that the best artists seem to have spilling out of their pencils, pens and brushes. The faces he drew on Lex Luthor after Harley would mock him or turn down “The Offer” were incredibly funny and drew from Luthor’s pomposity perfectly. The piece of Mr. Basri’s work showing Harley, her family, Poison Ivy, Catwoman, Harley’s stuffed beaver, etc., crowded around Harleys mother in the hospital was excellent and for some reason stuck with me after I was finished with the story.
Colors! This was an issue with fine colorwork provided to us by Jessica Kholinne and HI-Fi. One artist did the colorwork when the story was from the perspective of the comic book Harley was reading to her mother in the hospital, and the other artist did the colorwork in the “real world” of this issue. I’m not sure who did what, but I can say I enjoyed both of their work, and that the colorist who worked on the “real world” Harley parts of this book was the funnest when it came to palette choice. I particularly liked the two panels showing Harley and her father reading Harley’s own comic together, the colors and lighting on Harley and her ‘pops were great.
After a very personally terrifying cliffhanger for Harley at the end of the book, I’m eager and ready for the next issue to be in my hands.
If Apex Lex Luthor is trying to make you heel-turn, instead buy this book and…