Harley and her gang are done with this Harley Sinn bologna; Sinn was shunned and didn’t make Harley’s team so she’s been enacting revenge on them. She’s out of goons though and this issue aims to deliver a finale worth remembering. Is it good?
Harley Quinn and her Gang of Harleys #6 (DC Comics)
So what’s it about? The DC summary reads:
This is it! The moment you’ve been waiting six long issues for! The identity of Harley Sinn is revealed, and Harley’s gang has found their great leader. But trouble is only beginning for Har—oh who are we kidding? This is the issue where Harley and her Gang kick butt on her captors (and she gets quite a few shots with her mallet as well), as Harley Quinn teaches her gang the most important lesson of all: losing stinks, so win—and never leave Brooklyn if you can help it.
Why does this book matter?
This series has introduced not only Harley’s gang, but also Harley Sinn who we learned last issue is a complex character who’s deeply disturbed. Given Harley’s proclivity to help those who need it how will she dish out revenge on Sinn and not kill her? We find out this week!
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
Time to end this…
There’s a lot of action in this issue due to Sinn releasing an army on Harley and her gang. Luckily for them they have a sniper boat captain who blows a lot of brains out throughout the issue. On top of that, Harley and Sinn go toe to toe in a breakneck fist fight. Frank Tieri and Jimmy Palmiotti give all the characters things to do, but the best element of the issue is Harley’s heart. She wants to help Sinn because she realizes she’s never been given the help she needs. This all culminates in a cliffhanger that should get fans of Harley giddy.
Mauricet inks and pencils this issue and keeps the art honest. The action is easy to follow and boy does Mauricet make Sinn vs. Harley a brutal fight. The sniper action is a highlight of the issue as Mauricet doesn’t hold back when it comes to gore and Mauricet also mixes it up with how each shot is drawn; from crosshair shots to silhouette shots, he does a lot of things to spruce up the action and make sniping interesting.
It can’t be perfect can it?
Much of this issue feels like filler. Last issue the character defeated foes, and yet another threat appears to keep the gang busy. It’s hard to not get the impression the writing team didn’t enough enough content to fill 6 issues so simply invented a new threat so as to get the characters separated and allow Harley to fight Sinn one on one. You never doubt the characters will make it in the end either, so instead of high stakes and tense scripting you get an issue that’d biding its time for the concluding pages.
Is It Good?
While much of the content in Harley Quinn and her Gang of Harleys #6 feels like it’s spinning wheels to fill pages, the sniping is exciting and the concluding pages a great surprise. Ultimately I don’t think this series needed to exist, in part because not enough was done to make the team feel cohesive and interesting, but if its purpose was to create a new villain it succeeded.