WARNING!!! SPOILERS AHOY!!!
I can already hear the screams and cheers! Off in the distance, a certain select group of people are throwing parties, drinking beer, and wearing the classic Harley Quinn costume in celebration of this memorable event. Suicide Squad #7 delivers a promising gift to the haters of the New 52 Harley Quinn.
That’s right, She’s kicked the bucket! Harley Quinn is dead as a door nail. This is, of course, an interesting turn of events, especially with the mystery surrounding the whereabouts of the most popular comic book villain ever, the Joker. You don’t believe me? See for yourself…
But, of course, with all things that make us happy, a wrench will undoubtedly be thrown in the mix to make these haters unhappy again. No, she’ll live, she’s too popular for DC to kill her off right now. I think Adam Glass wanted to simply give the Quinn Critics a moment of zen.
But issue #7 isn’t as great as it was hyped up to be. The title itself is certainly known for its insane and rambunctiousness within every adventure, so confusion is bound to happen. But much of what went on this issue felt too contrived for my taste.
Harley is crazy, no doubts there, but what was the motivation behind placing Joker’s scrapped off face over Deadshot’s? How does his personality mesh with Mr. J’s? And what was Harley going to do if she had no one to place the face on? Was she just going to take it and run, never to be seen again? I was truly hoping for some emotionally driven moment that gives Harley more depth for the new 52 set of readers. Instead we have this awkward moment where Harley begins to poor her insane heart out, then Deadshot ruins the moment with a gunshot to the gut. This is, without a doubt, the equivalent of a boner killer.
The Harley flashback origin story also felt forced, being pushed way too fast with not enough time to really understand why Harley was falling in love with the Joker. The book opens up with Harley showing concern with her own feelings for a mad man, then almost immediately turns into insane doctor before we can realize what’s going on. I’m certain the short time frame Glass was given to flesh this story out had a lot to do with it, but it’s still a story killer for me.
It’s was nice, however, that the the nano bomb implants aren’t some idle threat. Lime and Light aren’t the most interesting characters, so blowing one of the duet’s heads off works quite well. But what happens when DC needs to kill off one of the more popular team members? Oh, wait, it already happened! But as stated above, I’m sure she’ll come back…probably by next issue!
Clayton and Iguara do a fine job, but there’s a bit of a WTF moment when Harley walks out of the vat of acid, hair red on one side and blue on the other. The acid would completely incinerate her hair, not turn it Christmas red and Sultry blue. Maybe I’m allowing myself to be too realistic with this title instead of setting my notion of disbelief aside. It is comics of course, and it SHOULD be somewhat unrealistic, but I guess this was a bit much for me.
I’ll give this to Glass, he’s is making Harley out to be a complete LOONEY, and that’s always enjoyable! When the series started, Harley felt more timid than crazy, but this arc has definitely shown us her bad ass side. Don’t screw around with her, otherwise she’ll cut your lip, or leave you for a land mine to decide your time of death.
I’m still enjoying the series, no doubt, but this is the weakest issue thus far.
6 out of 10 stars.