Written by: Tee Franklin
Art by: Max Sarin
Colors by: Marissa Louise
Letters by: Taylor Esposito
Cover: Max Sarin
Variant Covers: Michael Cho, Davi Go
Associate Editor: Liz Erickson
Editor: Katie Kubert
Harley Quinn created by: Paul Dini & Bruce Timm
Harley Quinn: The Animated Series is, in my opinion, one of the funniest shows I have watched for a long time. It’s a lot of screaming and yelling, explosions and destruction, but it’s exactly what we needed from a Harley Quinn show. Two excellent seasons have been and gone as we
patiently await the third season, which for the US will happen sooner than for UK audiences, for whom the show will air much later, which is a pain in the ass for me because I adore this show!
So when I learned there was a comic that sequels the events of the Season 2 finale, it took me a while to get around to reading it due to my own reasons with life, but it was always something I would eventually need to read because I knew (and hoped) that it would be just as brilliant as the show itself, given the already established events and characters.
Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy are on the run from Commissioner Gordon and his squadron of police, after Harley unleashed an army of Parademons on the city, crashed a wedding, and pretty much just caused havoc wherever she went.
After Ivy ran away from her own wedding, choosing Harley over Kite-Man, the pair rode off into the sunset Thelma and Louise style but the cops, especially Gordon, aren’t just going to give up the chase. So the villainous couple now has to do what they can to escape the law, and decide to go on a honeymoon road trip. However, not all is as it seems, as Ivy seems to be having some doubts already about what she’s done.
Is Harley really the one Ivy wants to spend her life with? Or should she have stayed at the altar and said “I do” to a life with Kite-Man?
The story in this first issue is all about love, trust, and dealing with guilt & doubt. A series of themes that I’m sure will continue to be touched upon as the comics go on, as well as similar, if not the same, themes carrying on into Season 3 of the animated series. Harley loves Ivy, and Ivy loves Harley but the difference is that Ivy isn’t sure if she can trust Harley with her heart, because Harley is chaotic and reckless.
However, these doubts won’t stop Ivy from trying. It certainly doesn’t stop them from getting frisky in the sheets when the mood comes-a-calling. As you’ll know if you watched the animated series, this is not a comic for kids, despite its bright colours and cartoon-like design.
The art in this comic follows a similar style to the animated series itself, but more two-dimensional of course. The colours are bright throughout the entire issue, even in the saddest of moments, but it helps keep the tone of the comic overall as it’s a fun comic that has a lot going on.
The artwork overall is fantastic and the artists themselves clearly knew how to stay true to the series, but making it feel like an animated episode within each panel and page you look at.
All in all this first issue is a cracking start to what will no doubt be a brilliantly designed and written mini-series that gets the audience ready for Season 3 of the show. There will no doubt be more laughs, cries, heart-felt moments, and chaos throughout the following issues, and I can’t wait to read them all (and review them of course).
Harley Quinn Harley Quinn: TAS: The Eat, Bang! currently has 5 issues published with the 6th and final issue being published in February of this year! (2022). You can either find them in your local comic-book stores or find them digitally on Comixology via Amazon.