Convergence: Harley Quinn #1 – Review

Warning: This issue is recent and as such will contain spoilers.  I will have a short spoiler-free section where I vaguely say what happened in the issue as well as my opinion.  Past the spoiler-free section will have spoilersAlso, the “Ratings” section at the bottom of the post will be spoiler-free as well.  You have officially been warned.

Convergence Harley Quinn #1Hello interweb, Nate here.  If you guys have been reading this weeks posts than you already know what’s going on so let’s just start the review!

Writer: Steve Pugh

Artist: Phil Winslade (Penciler), John Dell (Inker)

Colorist: Chris Chuckry

Non-Spoiler Review

Convergence: Harley Quinn #1 is not a very good comic.  Granted, it’s not terrible (i.e. it’s not ruining the character) but the comic just isn’t necessary to read and it didn’t do anything.  There is a twist ending, but it’s honestly not that exciting and isn’t worth wasting 4 bucks on.  After the dome went up, Harley Quinn get’s medical help to become sane and after being chose to be Gotham’s champion (see my last post about how that’s a continuity error) the rest of the comic focuses on Poison Ivy and Catwoman attempting to make Harley insane again so she can actually fight (why didn’t they title this comic Gotham Sirens if those two are in it too?).  This seems quite similar to Convergence: Batgirl #1 as it depicts the main character going back to a normal life, only to be pulled back into their superhero/villain life to fight for their city.  The thing is, Batgirl was a lot better as we see Batgirl’s interaction with her friends and it’s noticeably Batgirl, this just kinda shows Harley’s normal life before Poison Ivy and Catwoman comes in too fix things.  Also, I kinda wish that being under the dome resulted in her becoming more insane, kinda a missed opportunity.

Characters Introduced in this Issue

Harley Quinn

Harley Quinn (Harleen Quinzel): Harley Quinn used to be the Joker’s girlfriend and before that was a psychologist.  Being with the joker caused her to slip into insanity.

-Powers: Some degree of superhuman strength, insanity, immunity to poisons and toxins.

-Universe: Pre-Flashpoint

Poison Ivy

Poison Ivy (Pamella Isley): Poison Ivy use to be a botanist but after a science accident (of course) she becomes part plant.

-Powers: Poisons immunity and control over plants

-Universe: Pre-Flashpoint

Catwoman

Catwoman (Selina Kyle): Sometimes villain sometimes anti-hero, Catwoman is close friends with Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy and is famous for having an on-again off-again relationship with Batman.

-Powers: Catwoman is a normal human, however she is very skilled acrobatically and has some fighting skill.

-Universe: Pre-Flashpoint

Story

Convergence Harley Quinn #1 IThe comic starts before the dome went up as Harley Quinn is trying to rob a musuem with a group of goons.  She yells at the goons that they’re robbing the bank wrong as the police shoots them down.  Sudenly, Harley notices that her giant mallet “WEIGHS, LIKE, A HUNDRED TONS” as she falls backwards from its weight.  While on her back, she sees the dome above Gotham City.

Cut to some time later, and we see Harleen Quinzel as she’s visiting a hospital.  While there, she visits an ex-cop named Louie so she can see the damage she caused as Harley Quinn. While talking to him, she eats all of the choclate and drink all of his coffee (without really getting his permission).  She returns to an apartment (isn’t clear whether it’s hers or Louie’s) where she tackles him onto a couch (although we only see the back of the couch).

We then cut to a de-powered Poison Ivy whose fighting a bunch of men in black.  Soon, she’s joined by Catwoman (who never had any powers) and the two fight the guys off.  Suddenly, they here a voice coming from the dome:

“CITIZENS OF MY WORLD!…I HAVE BROUGHT THIS CONVERGENCE UPON YOU….I AM TELOS.  I HAVE TENDED TO YOUR EVERY NEED…BUT NOW, THE DOMES WILL FAIL–AND CHAMPIONS MUST RISE….TODAY YOUR CAPTIVITY TURNS TO COMPETITION.  AND ONLY ONE CITY AMONG MANY WILL SURVIVE THIS DAY!…DEFENDERS OF EACH DOMAIN WILL BATTLE THE OTHER, AND ONLY THE GREATEST OF HEROES WILL LIVE!…DISOBEY ME–YOUR CITIES WILL BE CRUSHED IN MY HAND!…ONLY ONE CITY WILL SURVIVE THIS DAY–ALL OTHER WORLDS WILL FINALLY KNOW THE DARK EMBRACE OF OBLIVION!”

Then, two parts of the dome reveals Captain Carrot from the Folleywood, Califurnia universe (I know nothing about these two things) and Harley Quinn.  Catwoman and Poison Ivy then decides they need to find Harley and make her insane again so she had a fighting chance.  Posion Ivy;s skin turns green again and her powers comes back as she throws a guy off the building with a vine.  The two then runs off to fins Harley.

The two then barges into her appartment and get Harley back into her Harley Quinn costume.  Poison Ivy then gives Harley a shot, and we see Harley Quinn fall back into insanity before the comic draws to an end.

Art

The art is very well done and everything does look pretty good.  The cover shows Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn, and Catwoman all with some type of weapon and seemingly attacking the reader.  The cover itself id rather lackluster, but the thing that annoys me most is that it looks like a Gotham Sirens comic rather than a Harley Quinn comic (then again, the comic itself felt like a Gotham Sirens comic).

Final Thoughts

The comic was really boring and didn’t advance anything really.  Unless you’re a big Harley Quinn fan and is determine to buy every single Harley Quinn title, I would just skip this issue.  While Convergence: Batgirl #1 had a similar story (i.e. a superhero/villain trying to get back into their superhero/villain persona after spending a year as a normal person) it did show us the friendship between Batgirl and her friends.  This however, just made Harley sane for no apparent reason and then makes her insane at the very end.  I would’ve wanted to make Harley Quinn more insane as she’s stuck in Gotham with no where to go and an extra insane Harley Quinn would’ve been fun to read.

Pros:

-Good art

-Classic Harley Quinn is back

Cons:

-Boring

-Doesn’t establish anything or do anything to move the story forward

-Should’ve been called Gotham Sirens (sorry, that’s just kinda buggin’ me)

Rating

1=terrible, 2=bad, 3=ok, 4=good, 5=outstanding

Characters – 3.5: The classic versions of these characters are back, but their not doing what we’d want them to do.  Nothing about these characters are really being established and their not really evolving through the issue.

Story – 2.5: Rather boring, wasted opportunity, and has a few continuity issues with the other Convergence tie-ins.

Art – 4: Best part about the comic, honestly.  Pretty solid and nothing really to complain about.

Comic – 3.5: Unless your a humongous Harley Quinn fan, I would suggest just simply skipping this title all together.

Tomorrow: Top 10 Favorite Animated Superhero Movies.  Peace XD

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4 comments

    1. Yeah, it was pretty unimpressive. The sad thing is this could have been really interesting if Harley became even more insane. Ah well, tomarrow’s post should be interesting: Top 10 Favorite Animated Superhero Movies

      1. Looking forward to that one! I don’t have mine memorized, but I’ll try to think of my own selections for when you have the post up.

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