DC Comics
Review: Harley Quinn & Gossamer #1
By Philip Schweier
Sep 5, 2018 - 12:58

DC Comics
Writer(s): Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti; Sholly Fisch
Artist(s): Pier Brito; Dave Alvarez
Colourist(s): Paul Mounts
Letterer(s): Dave Sharpe; Saida Temofonte
Cover Artist(s): Amanda Conner, Paul Mounts; Joe Quinones



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After a rare hurricane hits Coney Island, Harley discovers a mysterious crate washed ashore on the beach. Laying claim, she opens it, to discover an enormous red Wookie inside. However, lacking verbal skills of any kind, the creature is unable to convey his name or origins, and being the kind-hearted (especially to furry things) person she is, Harley decides to give her new friend a home.


But is it a safe home, as the Humane Society might ask? Knowing Harley’s track record, you would guess not, and that guess comes true when a giant robot with Mr. J’s patented grinning puss attacks Harley’s home. But when Harley tracks down Mr. J – in the middle of destroying Batman, no less – she soon learns that matters are not quite as they appear, and her new friend’s origin’s are perhaps more benign than originally thought.


In a second story, Harley stumbles upon the lair of Gossamer’s creator (“Mad Scientist – Boo!”), where she bedevils them both much in the fashion of that rascally rabbit. Adding animation qualities is the Ralph Bakshi-style of figure drawing. It works very well, but I fear Harley makes a too-easy stand-in for Bugs Bunny.


Overall, it’s a fun read, merging the world of the Looney Tunes with the greater DC Universe. One might expect it to not work, but with the right writer on the right characters, it can, quite easily. If this were an ongoing project, I fear the efforts might come across as forced, but with the occasional crossover, it becomes a treat to be enjoyed.


Rating: 9/10


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