Friday, November 22, 2013

Harley Quinn #0

Harley Quinn #0

Harley's new ongoing title kicks off with a zero issue in which every page is provided by a different artist. Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner are the writers for this one and, along with the artists, they've put together a fun, experimental "jam session" of a comic. Everyone involved gets to have a little fun with it, and that translates to a neat, unique read.

There's no real story in this issue, though the last page sets you up nicely for the upcoming #1. Harley Quinn #0 starts off when Harley decides she wants to play the starring role in her own ongoing series, and essentially decides to try out different artists; each of whom provides a page for this zero issue. Conner and Palmiotti keep the script fun and lighthearted, while taking a few cracks at the talent as well as the business. Jim Lee's page is basically a reprint from a previous Batman comic. Simonson's lack of backgrounds is brought to light. Tradd Moore's ability to finely illustrate motion is mentioned. There's a lot of humor for fans of comics, and fans of the industry.

This issue is pretty much the definition of breaking the fourth wall. It's also absolutely suited to a character like Harley Quinn. It looks like future issues are going to be more of a comedic serial title with less fourth wall-breaking, allowing with writers to craft some good ongoing Harley stories without involving the reader. For a zero issue, however, this is an extremely fun idea and it's well executed. I wouldn't mind seeing 'gimmick' issues like this hit shelves once in a while, or at least artist jam session issues. You never know when you'll discover a new artist you enjoy. Issues like Harley Quinn #0 can not only be interesting and helpful for readers discovering new talent, but most importantly, issues like these are just plain fun to read.

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