Review: Harley Quinn #22

By: Sheena Fisher

Harley’s parents have arrived! Earlier than expected, but at least in the last issue we see that some mysterious power cleaned her apartment for her. We open this comic by Harley opening the door to her parents. They comment on her alabaster skin and suddenly Poison Ivy comes walking out of her bathroom in a towel. Then more past lovers appear.  Harley is getting uncomfortable…

But, it’s all ok because it’s only a dream. Harleen is actually in the back seat of her parent’s car taking a nap. When she wakes up she is exactly how you remember the former Dr.Harleen Quinzel. Her parents are giving her a ride to her job and they’re reflecting on all of Harleen’s siblings. It’s cute to learn more about her past and family in this scene.

While this is happening the mayor is meeting with a new lawyer. She is claiming to be the one setting everyone free from prison. She also feels like a lot of the inmates are more suited for Arkham Asylum. Oh, and an open investigation? She had it dropped. I bet this lady has something to do with Madame Macabre ending up in Arkham.

Once Harleen and her parents arrive at the senior center Harleen checks her schedule to see if she has any time to hang out with herfamily. Of course she’s booked pretty solid. Her parents then tell her they have booked a hotel nearby and that they would like to meet her for dinner after work. Skip forward to Harley cleaning up after work. Her dog Nathan starts barking pretty loudly while she’s in the tub. She quickly grabs a towel to check the door.

Unfortunately for her it’s Madame Macabre with Mason and his mother in ball gags at the front door. The ladies end up fighting and Madame Macabre unfortunately gets the upper hand. While Mason and his mother are chained up in the corner Madame Macabre askes Harley for help. I certainly didn’t expect that since the last issue when she was screaming Harley sent her to Arkham. I guess Mason did talk to some sense into her.

In Harley Loves Joker Part six we see Harley is having a girl’s day. She’s having tea with ladies from the Wonderland Gang. Marsh Harriet and Jenna. Of course it doesn’t take long for chaos to ensue with these ladies together. Because it’s not just tea…the wonderland gang is robbing a hotel and the ladies thought this was a perfect time for a tea break.

While this is going on we see that Bruce Wayne has trapped a new villain with his security lasers at Wayne Tower. He’s working with Commissioner Gordon and they’re trying to keep her a secret. She goes by the name The Grison. Which is a South American Weasel, thanks Bruce. She is cunning enough to get out of his trap, and Joker is on the scene incognito dressed as a cop taking notes. The Joker now knows who has been hitting his targets and is ready to play “pop goes the weasel.” We close this tale out by Harley and Jenna remodeling the new HQ Harley found in the last issue.

So, not a lot of action happens in our main story arch, but we get lots of information. It’s always cute and fun to learn more about Harleen. And, it sets up some crazy stuff for the next issue. Harley loves Joker is cute, funny, and charming in its own way as always. I really haven’t disliked anything in this DC Rebirth Harley Quinn run. All of the writers are finally giving Harley Quinn fans what they want with this. I’m rating issue 22 an 8/10 stars.