Future State Harley Quinn #1
The Magistrate now runs Gotham and Harley Quinn is in custody. Her only hope to get some return of a normal life doesn’t come from Amanda Waller offering penance for participation in the Suicide Squad.
Now it’s Jonathan Crane, the former Scarecrow, inviting Harley to play Hannibal Lecter to his Clarice to bring down some of Gotham’s most notorious criminals.
Writer Stephanie Phillips takes advantage of the Future State wide open possibilities to envision Harley being the psycho behind bars helping to bring law and order to Gotham. This is such a natural and obvious fit it’s surprising it hasn’t been done before.
Simone DiMeo’s art is stunning and while it’s not as dark and moody as a Hannibal Harley story probably warrants, the pages look so good it’s a non-issue. Tamra Bonvillain’s colors are a great complement creating a bold, Batman Beyond aesthetic.
Harley is a character who can quickly wear thin in the wrong hands, but Phillips conceived a clever approach that plays to Harley’s core strengths without going overboard. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this title, but the opening chapter definitely has me excited about the direction of this mini-series.
Rating: 9.5 out of 10