I don’t know what Ivy and Catwoman are doing on the cover, but they weren’t in this issue at all. Stunning cover art by Guillem March as usual though.
So issue #19 ends with Harley finally snapping and deciding to go after the Joker for everything she’s had to put up with during the course of their relationship.
The thing about Harley Quinn is, it’s so easy to just picture her as the token fun-loving, ditzy blonde of the group. What we tend to forget is that before she fell in love with the Joker and went loony, she was Arkham Asylum psychologist, Dr. Harleen Quinzel.
The Harley Quinn in this issue is cunning, strategic, a tad bit cruel and written with a depth that I’ve never read or watched before. Here, we see Harley as a psychiatrist and how she uses that to her tactical advantage.
Now, I can’t count the number of times I’ve gotten frustrated and sworn off Gotham City Sirens only to pick up the next issue when it comes out, but #20 makes me glad I haven’t completely given up on it.
Here’s hoping the rest of this story arc doesn’t disappoint.
Let me save you the effort of buying and reading this.
Selena’s out to look for her sister, Maggie, who hasn’t been seen since Blackest Night and has been loony since the whole Black Mask thing. Maggie turns up on the steps of a nun/exorcist person because she believes Selena is possessed by a cat demon and the only way to save Selena is to get rid of it. Nun/exorcist person has a pet cat which makes Maggie believe nun/exorcist person is in league with the cat demon and kills her and her cat. Maggie sifts through nun/exorcist person’s stuff and accidentally sets an angel free from his bottle. Angel says he’ll help Maggie kill cat demon.
What I like about GCS, is that it’s light and funny without being stupid but my suspension of disbelief can only suspend so much.
So no, I didn’t enjoy this issue, thank you very much.
I finally caught up with the ongoing Gotham City Sirens series! Written by Paul Dini and illustrated by Guillem March, the series features a team-up between Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn and Catwoman in a post- Hush-Battle for the Cowl-other comics I haven’t read yet-storyline.
I’ve read some really snarky reviews, but I love it. True, it has its weak points — particularly in issue #1. I felt like the reason for the three of them teaming up wasn’t established well enough, so at times it felt a little fanfiction-y. But it gets better after the first issue and mad props to Paul Dini especially for giving Ivy’s character a lot of depth.
Guilliem March did a bang-up job with the art. The girls are beautifully stylized. I really think the trick to enjoying Gotham City Sirens is to not take it too seriously. Or I’m just not hardcore-comic-fan enough. In any case, having three of my favourite girls in one comic is nothing less than fangasmic.