By Philip Schweier
Apr 3, 2019 - 8:29
So, that’s how Harley Quinn #60 opens. But within the flashback, there’s another flashback even further. “Artsy,” they calls it. NO, not really. Perhaps Sam Humphries should watch the movie Passage to Marseille (1944), starring Humphrey Bogart. Then he might see how a UN-artsy a flashback within a flashback truly is.
Basically, the story is another in a series of trials from the Lords of Order and Chaos, to determine Harley’s worthiness of a grand reward. But at this point, it’s hard for me to care. She’s too “human” to ever warrant such a cosmic reward, in my opinion.
Like much of DC’s output these days, the emphasis seems to be on spectacle, an immense canvas of cosmic events that would shake the universe. But it’s been going on so long, it’s hard to discern the highs from lows, mainly because the only lows that exists are in the cinematic DCU, with all it’s grim and grit. DC seems to be trying to turn that around, but the fact is there is no “magic formula” to meet the needs/wants of the audience. If they truly want to climb to the top, they should do it one good story at a time.