Back when this new wave of DC Comics/Looney Tunes characters crossover was announced, I said “I’d be happy if this comic was just “Hair Raising Hare” but with Harley.” Joe Quinones, the former artist on Howard the Duck and a man of apparently impeccable taste, agreed and gave us that precise image as the variant cover to this preview of the issue that DC sent our way.
Really, this pairing has the lowest bar to clear for competence, but the highest upside potential from any of these crossovers. Because while there have been several good ones (and not just second-best-comic-of-2017-Batman/Elmer Fudd Special – Lobo/Road Runner and Legion of Super-Heroes/Bugs Bunny were incredible), none of them made sense on an existential level the way this one does. Because when you’re going for laughs with Harley, she’s basically Bugs Bunny. God help us all, I’m about to get nerdy about comedy.
Bugs works because he’s a funhouse mirror held up to burlesque tropes. Not necessarily with the over the top slapstick violence, but with razor sharp satire and that chummy, “ain’t I a stinker” fourth wall breaking, the cross-generational appeal of early Looney Tunes comics came from using comedic stylings that were refined by guys like Abbott and Costello or Red Skelton on burlesque tours. Harley works the same way: ridicule, audience inclusion, and the occasional ultraviolence.
So matching Harley with Bugs’ foil from one of the five greatest cartoons of all time (don’t @ me) is a really natural fit. Keeping her with her regular writing team means we are safe to expect another good Harley Quinn comic at the very least. And from what we can see in this preview, that’s what we’re getting! Here’s what DC has to say about the issue.
HARLEY QUINN/GOSSAMER SPECIAL #1 written by JIMMY PALMIOTTI and AMANDA CONNERart by PIER BRITObackup story written by SHOLLY FISCHbackup story art by DAVE ALVAREZcover by AMANDA CONNERvariant cover by JOE QUINONESA violent storm leaves a large crate washed up on the beach at Coney Island. When Harley breaks it open to see what’s inside, she suddenly has a new playmate to add to her cast of friends—a large, furry, orange beast called Gossamer. It’s all fun and games until a giant robot attacks them. But who sent it? Harley immediately suspects only one man, but is it really The Joker behind this destructive rampage?
This is an extra-long preview, by the way, so set aside some extra time to check it out!
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