I went in thinking it was pretty much DC’s attempt at Deadpool (and it is), but there was something about the journey in this book that was a lot of fun.
Seventeen artists “compete” for the job of illustrating Harley’s new series. Each page is done by one of the artists while Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti (the writers) converse with the Clown Princess of Crime.
It took me a bit to understand the flow between the writers and Harley, but once it clicked it was a lot of fun. Harley gives her opinion of each artist – which is a fairly decent list that includes pages by Charlie Adlard (The Walking Dead), Art Baltazar (Tiny Titans), Jim Lee (Superman Unchained), Bruce Timm (Batman: The Animated Series) and a slew of others.
Bouncing from artist to artist made the book more fun than I expected it to be, especially when artists like Baltazar and Timm showed up with their signature cartoon styles. It may have also distracted me from the story, which I must say, wasn’t strong… and probably wasn’t supposed to be.
The end of the book came pretty suddenly as Harley seems to wake from a dream, get a surprise from her special somebody (Mr. J) and gets an offer from an agent. It doesn’t give too clear of a direction for the series, but it does look like it could be fun.
In the end, I think I’m going to stick to Deadpool until Ms Quinzell proves herself.