Harley Quinn & Poison Ivy #1,
VERY FINE/NEAR MINT
BONUS REVIEW by Kevin Healy
(W) Jody Houser
(A) Adriana Melo
(CA) Elena Casagrande
Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy are taking their show on the road in this new miniseries! They'll have to evade villains and heroes alike while they explore their relationship and unpack their time and experiences at Sanctuary. Set after the events of HEROES IN CRISIS and smack in the middle of 'Year of the Villain,' it's a journey across the DC Universe that will change their friendship forever...if they live that long!
Date Available: 09/04/2019
One of the neat things to come out of the not so neat 'Heroes in Crisis' was the new form, Swamp Thing version of Poison Ivy. By the end of this issue, that neat thing is gone. That leaves us with the rest of this book, and the rest isn't especially noteworthy.
Jody Hauser's script seems like its trying for the wacky Harley and the serious Harley all at the same time, providing someone who is talking nearly all of the time. That's an exhausting person to be around.
The art by Adriana Melo seems like its trying for an Amanda Connor style, but is stagnant and stoic in places it is trying to be fluid and fun.
There's a pair Artgerm variants (if you're into those sorts of things) but the images have to be overlayed to make make the complete one instead of working side by side. DC is trying to put out fewer books with higher quality, so this is...well...Harleen will be out soon. That's good.
I give it 5 out of 10 Grahams