Harley is a busy young lady. Over in Heroes in Crisis, she is tangling with the Trinity over a murder either she or Booster Gold committed. In Harley #54, Harley and her team heroically saved Coney Island from drifting down a whirlpool. Recent info for Harley #58 shows she is not done yet. Harley looks to be teaming up with none other than The Batman!
Here is a snippet of what is to come in Harley Quinn #58 this February:
“Implicated in a crime she didn’t commit, Harley Quinn must prove her innocence by teaming up with the Caped Crusader himself—Batman! But can the Clown Princess of Crime and the Dark Knight coexist long enough to solve a murder? Or will the two frenemies end up being the death of each other?”
The first question has to be is this crime related to Heroes in Crisis, or will this be yet another murder nipping at her heels? You would think Crisis would wrap itself up within its own pages but we have seen the aftershocks of its event already in books like Titans. Still, one would think this is something new.
Harley and the events of her title seem to stay in her title and do not tie directly into the Bat-canon titles; However, right now Batman is without a sidekick since he and Damien had their falling out. I am wonder if this isn’t a feeler type issue. If fans like the way they deal with each other, this could be worked into the Bat-titles going forward.
The curious point is the age of transition Bruce and Harley both seem to be going through. Since the failed wedding to Selina Kyle, Bruce seems to be doing some soul searching. In Detective Comics, Bruce has all but apologized to both Gordon and Alfred for past gruffness. He has even made a conscious effort to go back to his roots of detective work.
Harley, meanwhile, is not longer the crime causing sassy mouth she was with Mr J. She had evolved into an anti-hero type where she will still raise hell and break the law, but it is more to suit her needs similar to Catwoman. Then we have the actions of Harley issue #54. Harley is becoming an outright hero after saving Coney Island. Her internet popularity is growing exponentially. Could she finally turn the heroic corner?
The sheer clash of personalities and how they do things makes this promise to be a fun issue. Stern, unsmiling Batman solving a case with sassy, loud mouth Harley Quinn. No matter if this is a single issue, unique to Harley’s title or crosses in the the Bat-verse, it will be fun in February!