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Rev Up Your Harley

A riveting backstory has Harley protecting someone she loved and lost

In Harley Quinn #17, our hero takes on an insidious threat, after squashing an alien invasion in her previous story arc. Co-writers Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti have been laying the seeds for this dark storyline for several issues. And Harley Quinn fans will be very excited to see the buildup pay off.

Deadly Sin Part 1 Kicks Off

The mayor of Brooklyn has enacted a plan to deal with the city’s homelessness problem. The homeless are being rounded up, killed and fed to the rich. This incredibly disturbing initiative comes to the attention of Harley’s ally, the chief of police. And he asks Harley and her ragtag group of antiheroes to look into the disappearances.

Harley and her group plan a sting operation to go undercover. The result of Harley posing as a homeless person ends up in beat down on some thugs who are really asking for it. However, by the comic’’s end Harley gets a taste of what’s really going on. And that leaves our beloved heroine in a precarious situation.

But one of the big standouts of this issue is the backup story scripted by Palmiotti and Harley Quinn co-creator Paul Dini. It’s a flashback to Harley and Joker in happier times. It also invokes the classic Batman: The Animated Series art style.

Harley Quinn #18
Harley Quinn #18

This is a fun, fast-paced story that gives us a window into the domestic life of Harley and Mr. J. Seeing Harley return to her animated series origins, and particularly from the pen of the man who gave her life, is a major thrill for fans on the 25th anniversary of the series.

DON’T MISS WHAT’S NEXT FOR HARLEY IN DEADLY SIN PART 2. PRE-ORDER HARLEY QUINN #18

Harley Quinn #17, DC Comics, Released April 5, 2017, Written by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti, Art by John Timms, $2.99

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Written by John Campbell

John has been in love with comics since he was first given an issue of "Swamp Thing" at way too young an age. He can be heard every week on the podcast "Panel on Panels" discussing all things comics and comics related. He is also a filmmaker and actor who can be seen performing in shows around the Portland area.