Review: HARLEY QUINN #25

Written by Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Connor, and Paul Dini
Art by Chad Hardin, Bret Blevins, J. Bone, Alex Sinclair, and Corey Breen
Published by DC Comics
Release Date: August 9, 2017

If this isn’t the best issue of Harley Quinn thus far, it’s definitely the most exciting. However, it’s hard to believe anyone would argue with it being the best. This review almost didn’t happen because the excitement was so overwhelming.

Yes people, it’s that good.

This special, oversized anniversary issue hits us with the perfect formula of sentimentality and action. The team at HQ HQ have done it again with this issue, absolutely nailed it. Panel to panel, you never know what you are going to get. There are many appearances of familiar faces that are not regulars in this title, adding to the already impressive cast of characters that provides such depth and culture to this book. It may be Harley’s story, but her motley crew of diverse friends definitely hold their own. There is good reason why so many spin-offs keep stemming from this source.

This issue is important for many reasons, but there is a scene in particular that will have people talking for weeks, months, and years to come. Long time fans should be applauding all around the world today. Well done Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Connor, and the rest of the gang responsible for our adored, absurd anti-heroine. The dedication and love for this character shines through in every issue, and #25 is the pinnacle of that.

The artwork is as always, breathtaking. It’s safe to say that it is some of the best art in comics right now. Chad Hardin and Alex Sinclair have outdone themselves here as the attention to detail is absolutely stunning. Every flick of the pencil or decision to use that particular shade of red all add up to something incredible. There are hardly words to describe it, as it really needs to be witnessed for oneself. You can thank me later.

“Harley Loves Joker” continues to be a delicious dose of nostalgia, getting stronger every issue. It’s a little on the lighter side, adding a much appreciated coat of sugar to the somewhat darker portrayal of the Harley/Joker pairing that we remember from the animated series. It’s easy to find yourself looking forward to this Paul Dini addition just as much to the regular story each issue. It’s a delight.

The Verdict: 9.0/10


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