Writer: Jody Houser
Pencils: Adriana Melo
Inks: Mark Morales
Letters: Gabriela Downie
*This Review will contain spoilers for Heroes in Crisis!*
Rock band, Cobra Starship, once said that good girls can go bad, but this is what happens when Bad Girls Go Good.
After being killed and then resurrected (reborn?) in ‘Heroes In Crisis’ Poison Ivy is having trouble keeping her new (old?) humanoid shape and Harley Quinn is doing her best to figure out a way to help her favorite girl. However, Harley is also trying to figure out her place in the world while trying to help Ivy.
I have to admit, despite my immense love for ‘Heroes In Crisis’ I wasn’t really excited for this series. I mean I like Harley Quinn in spurts, but overall she annoys me in any series where she is the focus. However, when I do like her, 9 times out of 10 it’s when she’s interacting with Poison Ivy so I decided I should give it a try. While it wasn’t a great issue to start the mini-series it did at least set enough interesting strands up that I can see myself returning to it. I especially love the struggle that Harley is going through to find her place in the world, she isn’t sure if she is a hero or a villain and really doesn’t know which one she wants it to be. While personally I think that is a story that is about 5 years past being solved and it’s become pretty obvious the character is closer to a hero or anti-hero than villain it does create an interesting thread and examines the importance of overcoming the past and becoming more. The book also brings in a certain character to seemingly be the antagonist whom I know pretty much nothing about, but I got excited to see their presence.
Overall, this book was a slog to get through for about three quarters and felt oddly like a Year of the Villain tie in, without ever actually paying off as one, but when it finally got to the actual introduction of the issues in the book I actually really enjoyed it and found myself not wanting it to end yet.