Review: HARLEY QUINN #32

Written by Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti
Art by Bret Blevins, John Timms, Alex Sinclair, Dave Sharpe
Published by DC Comics
Release Date: November 22, 2017

So here we are folks, we made it. “Vote Harley” has easily been the wildest ride in Harley Quinn so far, and that’s saying something considering we’re talking about the queen of crazy herself. Remember the days of turning to Palmiotti and Conner’s Harley Quinn to distract you from the heart wrenching titles that you were currently, masochistically torturing yourself with? Well those days are so…so…so over.

It’s been a beautifully painful experience overall, but issue #32 takes the blood-ridden cake. Did you expect comedic relief? I hope you enjoy delayed satisfaction because the tone here is all business. In the beginning of the arc, there was lightness and optimism laced in with our angsty new vibe – but it’s tapered off as we reached the pinnacle. Harley is on a mission and has very little time for nonsense. Yes, you really did just read that correctly. Though the tone has changed considerably, it has kept its imagination and magical spark that keeps readers so desperately glued to its vibrant pages. The heartbeat has only gotten stronger, giving a rare and important reminder of the depth of our beloved heroine. Not just a bimbo in a clown suit, Harley Quinn shines brighter than ever here as she fights tooth and multi-colored nail for the people that she loves. Buckle up, because this roller coaster of emotions is not for the faint of heart.

Because of the dramatic change in tone, this incredible team of artists has clearly been given the opportunity to flex a different set of muscles. Blevins, Timms and Sinclair have worked their prolific sorcery once again to bring the intensity of the story to life and give these beloved characters their dynamism. Without their incomparable talent, this powerful story would not have the vivacity to inspire such strong emotions. It is, as always, proof that this team belongs together.

In short, Harley Quinn #32 is incomparable. It’s strong, passionate, emotional, and an example of some of the best writing in comics today. The praises cannot be sung nearly enough.

The Verdict: 10/10


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