Writer: Sam Humphries
Pencils/Inks: Lucas Werneck
Colors: Alex Sinclair
Cover: Guillem March, Tomeu Morey
Publication Date: November 7, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: “Harley and failed Female Fury Petite Tina go road-tripping! With their lives a roaring dumpster fire, Harley and Tina decide to get out of town for a mini-vacay, and wind up driving each other crazy instead. An unplanned detour leads them to run afoul of a new baddie called Minor Disaster, whose so-called “Disaster Dial” only causes small calamities such as texting your ex and pooping your pants. Harley and Tina must now put their differences aside to stop Minor Disaster before she spells disaster for them both!”
Life’s not without its consequences for Harley Quinn. Now that Captain Triumph is returned to his proper age, Harley Quinn is stuck with the bill. Strapped for cash, as always, Harley turns to the only source of income left: the internet. Introducing Harley Quinn, living streaming sensation! But the internet is a fickle beast, and Harley’s stardom is about to burn up in the atmosphere with a little help from Minor Disaster.
Sam Humphries serves readers an important lesson in Harley Quinn (2016-) #53 about consequences and responsibility. Harley’s journey is always fraught with struggle and heartache, but Humphries creates a unique blend of superhero burden and real world struggles, keeping Harley grounded in her Coney Island roots. As for Minor Disaster, her Daddy issues seem the perfect match for an anti-hero who’s overcome some of her own relationship dramas. I’m already imagining the epic showdown between the two, wondering if they’ll become besties breaking the internet together or life long arch-nemesis. Humphries continues to tap into all the Harley feels, while producing a top notch storyline. I’m always looking forward to what he’s planning next for our favorite anti-hero.
Lucas Werneck’s art this issue is as crazy as the script. From Harley and the fake orc to Harley and elephant-Tina, Werneck’s art depicts every second of Harley’s internet crazed antics. Werneck’s art takes Harley Quinn (2016-) #53to the digital age for her 15 seconds of fame.
The Bottom Line:
Harley Quinn (2016-) #53 is another Harley-packed issue from Sam Humphries. As Minor Disaster wrecks havoc on Harley’s internet career, and her reputation, Harley’s going to have to strap on her big hero guns if she’s going to get past her greatest trial yet: viral humiliation.