Unlike some classic comic book match-ups, like Superman versus Muhammad Ali or Aliens versus Predator, I don’t think that anyone was every particularly dying to see Harley Quinn versus Captain Carrot, and yet that’s exactly what Steve Pugh, Phil Winslade and John Dell serve up in “Convergence: Harley Quinn” #2. Despite the strangeness of this fight, the end result works far better than you might otherwise expect.
The idea behind these two characters is somewhat nonsensical, but Pugh spices it up by making Harley, well, Harley. Her patter of ridiculous superpower claims is amusing and, of course, poor Captain Carrot is rolling with the information given to him. With the characters bouncing around an old amusement park and on the roller coaster, it’s given all the seriousness that this match-up deserves — which is to say, none. While Pugh gives us an early fake-out over the idea of the issue being a little grim and dark, it’s a remarkably light book in the end. That’s exactly how it should be and, ultimately, both characters are acquitted here.
While I wasn’t happy with Winslade’s work on “Convergence: Crime Syndicate,” his pencils teamed with Dell’s inks are a much stronger look. Characters are full and energized, and moments like Harley swinging in with her mallet are both fluid and funny to watch. This is a book that depends highly on Winslade and Dell nailing the physical humor — moments like “No squealers!” wouldn’t work without the look on Harley’s face — and I’m happy to say that it succeeds. Even something as simple as the “immune to poisons” scene works because of the art; it simply wouldn’t fire as a punch line without the spit-take that Winslade and Dell deliver here.
Is this high art? Certainly not. It’s also not trying to be. “Convergence: Harley Quinn” #2 is silly with a dash of slapstick tossed in. This is a cute book, and its primary goal is clearly to just have fun. Mission accomplished.