Harley Quinn has not always been my favorite character. I initially found her annoying and mighty unnecessary, but she grew on me over time. I like how her character has developed and grown, and she is pretty damn funny. But outside of Batman: The Animated Series, I don't actively seek out books or other media with her in it. But while getting my books a few days ago, I saw Harley Quinn #21. I'll check out this issue. Maybe I'll start reading Harley Quinn.
We open with Madame Macabre and her son being held captive by Harley Sinn, who may or may not be being used by the Mayor to kill them. Quinn meanwhile is (probably) looking for the two kidnapped victims, when Bat Lady attacks her. They fight, then they get kidnapped, and then oh my God it's Red Tool that kidnapped them. I'll be frank, I lost interest in the story as soon as he showed up. He looks like Deadpool. He kind of reminds me of Deadpool. On top of that, the art changed several times in the book. I'm not knocking any of the artists–John Timms, Joseph Michael Linsner and Bret Blevins–are all excellent artists. But I prefer to have just one artist per story, since it shows more of a consistency in the story. Writers Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti and Paul Dini are all excellent in their own way, but the story in Harley Quinn #21 is flat and drags. I just wasn't taken in to the Clown Princess like I am with every other Batman related character, and it's a shame, because I would like to read about her more. Ah well.
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