Okay, I know I said I was sleepy during the Watch-A-Long, but I got my second wind. Here are my thoughts on B+W+R #4-6. There were some cool ideas in these issues and, also, some interesting ships for Harley. Let’s get to it.
Issue #4: In my last post, I said that I was a sucker for ideas from the past being reimagined in new and interesting ways. This was a great example of that:
(Boujee Bane is my favorite)
I like the idea that Gotham’s underground rap scene is inspired by super-crime. That’s good use of the collective universe and a great way to modernize old concepts. Also, is anyone really surprised that Joker’s rap tape is whack? Stay in your lane, clown-shoes…
Issue #5: Two words: Starro Burger
Again, a great way to think of an old comic book concept a bit differently. And, yeah, I am Team Veggie with @Razzzcat, but Starro burgers are not a bad idea. The supply of mind-control starfish seems endless, so it’s probably better for the environment than beef, anyway… probably better for you too… if you can fight the urge to obey Starro.
Also, correct me if I’m wrong here, but is there an implied pairing of Harley and Plastic Man in this story?
If so, I approve. Don’t get me wrong Harlivy fans, I’m not saying that Harley and Plas belong together, but I like the ship for at least this one issue. Harley and Plastic Man have a lot in common. They both have criminal pasts (Plas as “Eel” O’Brian) and they share a madcap sense of humor. Mostly, I like it because I’m a big fan of Jack Cole’s Golden Age Plastic Man stories. I’ve read a lot of Golden Age superhero material. Cole’s Plastic Man was unique for its humor and cartoon-like violence.
(from Police Comics #20
I appreciate you, Plas…
Issue #6: This also had a different kind of pairing for Harley Quinn (if I’m reading into it right): Harley and the Batriarchy (thanks, again, @Mae)… or Harlarchy… Anyway, yeah, it was weird watching Harley write Batman a Valentine’s Day Card (and not have it attached to a bomb or something). I think I remember a B:TAS episode, though, where there’s a slight implication of this romance. I think it’s “Harley’s Holiday.” So, there’s at least some precedent. I don’t approve of this ship the same way I do with Plasley. I don’t think it’s meant to be between Harley and Bruce.
I liked seeing Harley outclass Robin, and I also enjoyed how this story referenced Batman '89 in quite a few ways (the art heist, “you wouldn’t hit a guy with glasses,” and Jack Napier). The thing I liked the most, though, was Matteo Scalera’s art. It really humanized Harley in a way I haven’t seen before.
Anyway, that’s what I took from issues #4-6. This has been a fun series so far! I look forward to more as DCU releases them!