Out of all of the books that are shifting to a twice-a-month schedule at DC Comics, “Harley Quinn” is probably the closest to a known quantity. That’s because there’s been some sort of miniseries or one-shot alongside the regular series for quite a while now, the latest of which is the “Harley Quinn and Her Gang of Harleys” miniseries. While it’s nice to see Frank Tieri, Jimmy Palmiotti and Mauricet focus a little more on Harley Quinn’s sidekicks, the story feels a little too slow to fully grab the reader’s attention.
Mauricet’s art is the selling point of “Harley Quinn and Her Gang of Harleys” #2. It’s always great to see new comics from Mauricet, who — like cover artist (and regular series co-author) Amanda Conner — draws Harley and company with big, bold lines and a very clean, expressive style. Mauricet expands that to the entire cast, tackling a wide variety of ethnicities and settings for the gang, and all of the characters in their various outfits are simply fun to look at. In what feels like a rather deliberate move, it’s also worth noting that the only character to slip into the T&A zone is villain Harley Sinn, against an almost all-female cast. Though it’s easy to try and slip into the “bad girl” genre, Mauricet keeps our heroes looking on the up-and-up.
Tieri and Palmiotti’s story, though, inches forward. While I appreciate that they’re fleshing out the home lives of these other characters, the issue feels very repetitious as we keep checking in on the different characters, before a kill-shot is called off at the last possible moment. It’s not bad the first time, but — when it keeps happening — it makes you wonder if this could have been structured a little better so that the temporary withdrawals had all happened at once, so it doesn’t feel quite so old hat. When the attack finally does come, it actually feels a little anticlimactic, not only because it’s been teased so often but because Tieri and Palmiotti’s cliffhanger relies on the idea that the entire cast (save for Harley Quinn) was wiped out a third of the way through their own miniseries. It just never quite clicks.
There are some pieces of “Harley Quinn and Her Gang of Harleys” #2 that work better than others — some of the home visits are slightly intriguing — but, on the whole, this comic just sort of inches forward. We get some attractive pages from Mauricet, but — in terms of the various Harley Quinn spin-offs — this is the one that isn’t up to par with the parent series or its other companion titles.