Week 25 2014 | Part 3 | Comic Reviews


By: Cynthia Ayala

The final segment of this weeks comic book reviews. This article of reviews will highlight what makes Harley Quinn #7 such a fun and read and why Detective Comics #32, with creative team Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato, works as mystery thriller as it shows Batman investigating a crime that hits too close to home in part 3 of the Icarus storyline.

Harley Quinn #7
Harley Quinn #7

Harley Quinn #7 (RELEASE DATE: JUN 18, 2014 | COVER PRICE: $2.99)

Nocturnal Omission

Hilarious. Adorable. Amazing. Those are three words that not only describe this series perfectly, but also this issue. Since the beginning of the series, there is a bounty of Harley Quinns head, and with the help of best bud Poison Ivy, these girls are going to take out the town.

It’s hilarious and adorable. Amanda Conner has captured the essence and humor that makes Harley Quinn such a fan favorite. This is such a campy and comedic read as Harley Quinn lives out her life outside the Suicide Squad and works on the Roller Derby by night and the Nursing Home by day.

But in this issue, the greatest part was seeing the dynamic of two loveliest and deadliest ladies: Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn. These two have such a strong connection and with Harley’s childlike demeanor and Poison Ivy’s strong feministic and maternal personality. That alone made this issue perfect comedic gold. This issue and the series, bring to life Harley Quinn they way Paul Dini, her creator, intends for her to be portrayed. She’s smart, strong and funny.

WRITERS: AMANDA CONNER & JIMMY PALMIOTTI

ARTIST: CHAD HARDIN

BOMBSHELL COVER BY: ANY LUCIA

PUBLISHER: DC COMICS

Detective Comics #32
Detective Comics #32

Detective Comics #32 (RELEASE DATE: JUN 11, 2014 | COVER PRICE: $3.99)

Icarus | Part 3

Yes, I picked up this issue because it was a bombshell cover and I love Poison Ivy almost as much as I love Harley Quinn, so please humor me as I review this issue because, seeing as it’s part 3 in this story line, I haven’t been following this story arc. But that doesn’t mean I can’t judge the writing in this issue.

So Batman, being the great detective is investigating a murder that led up to his house and left a girl an orphan. Considering he can empathize with her, it’s no surprise he’s not holding back any punches here. With very little dialogue on Batman’s part, the story shifts between him and Detective Bolluck who has never really been taken seriously in the past, he’s just been more of man who wants to put Batman down. In this issue though, Manapul and Buccellato gave his character some depth and showed the competitive streak his character has with Batman. He’s a Detective, he wants to be taken seriously and highly regarded, which is hard for him when Batman keeps beating him to the punchline. So as the story shifts between him and Batman, readers are seeing both sides of the case, both sides of the investigation, putting the case together for the reader and making it easy to follow.

Now, we all know I love Francis Manapul, and once again, he amazes with his artwork. Using dark colors, he puts his angular finishes and shadings in the perfect places so really capture the essence of the Dark Knight and Gotham city. His technique is amazing and so is his writing and storytelling alongside Buccellato. These two are my favorite create team in the DC Universe because they give a lot of devotion to creating this amazing story with proper build and amazing fight sequences. Simply amazing.

WRITERS: FRANCIS MANAPUL & BRIAN BUCCELLATO

ARTIST: FRANCIS MANAPUL

BOMBSHELL COVER BY: ANY LUCIA

PUBLISHER: DC COMICS

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