Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Harley Quinn & Power Girl #1 - A Review

The original Power Girl series by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti is an old favorite of mine. And yet I could never get into their take on Harley Quinn. I read their first issue and it wasn't bad - it just didn't click with me for reasons I can't define.

And yet here I am reading Harley Quinn and Power Girl #1. And I have to admit it's purely because the solicitations promised the return of what I came to find the funniest aspect of the original Power Girl series - Vartox!  A.K.A. The Scottish Superman modeled on Sean Connery during his Zardoz phase, though with a slightly more conservative costume. Slightly.

Alas, there's precious little of Vartox in this issue.  What we do get is a butt-load of comedy as Power Girl and Harley Quinn - teamed up through circumstances that are quickly and easily explained for those who haven't been following the monthly Harley Quinn title - find themselves trapped on an alien world. Hilarity and head-shots ensue, as the girls deal with giant monsters, little perverts and the hyper-puritan servants of a warlord determined to destroy all hedonism.

Is this silly? You bet your sweet bippy it is! And thanks to the artwork by Stephanie Roux and Paul Mounts, the whole thing looks as gorgeously over the top as Power Girl's cleavage window.  This is a good, fun comic, plain and simple.

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