Harley Quinn #55

Writer: Sam Humphries Artist: John Timms Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: December 5, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 4
7.6Critic Rating
3.0User Rating

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It's a Harley ho-ho-holiday special! Nothing's worse than spending the holidays with your uninvited, unannounced family-just ask Harley. Her brothers won't stop fighting, her dad wants peace and quiet, and her mom just wants everyone to get along. But the dysfunctional family dynamic masks a major secret that the whole Quinn family is keeping from Harley. Will the big reveal mean an even bigger family blowout, or can Harley's clan end their squabbling and remember the true meaning of the season?

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Philip Clark Dec 6, 2018

    This issue is perfection. And the best thing is, I can only see the comic getting stronger and better. A solid artist on the issue and I think we'd have one of the best DC comics currently out on the shelves. Read Full Review

  • 10
    ComicBook.com - Nicole Drum Dec 5, 2018

    The book is a true treat and a must-read. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Dark Knight News - Kendra Hale Dec 8, 2018

    Have a Happy Holiday Season and let us know your thoughts in the comments below. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Dec 5, 2018

    This isn't just a great Harley Quinn run, it's a great character run and the added depth Humphries has given her will help make her a major player in the larger DCU. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    The Brazen Bull - Jaimee Nadzan Dec 5, 2018

    Harley Quinn (2016-) #55 is festive issue that will catch readers right in the heart. Sam Humphries writes Harley Quinn as the lovable, holiday obsessed anti-hero who is guaranteed to put us in the holiday spirit. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Dec 5, 2018

    Timms has some amazingly detailed and fun art in this issue. Harley and everyone in the issue look great and their facial expressions are both fun and well drawn. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AiPT! - Chris Showalter Dec 5, 2018

    Harley Quinn #55 is a breath of fresh air that embraces the absurd, comedic elements of the holidays while remaining focused on family. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Bin - Philip Schweier Dec 5, 2018

    John Timms returns to the drawing board for this issue, seemingly modeling his Harley after actress Evanna Lynch. It's taken me the better part of 50 issues to suss this out, and even though Lynch is Irish, she certainly looks the part. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Batman Universe - David Finn Dec 6, 2018

    Another good issue by this team, this one handles a sensitive issue well, providing an insight into how Harley handles such distressing news. This is an excellent issue and hits in the heart zone. Read Full Review

  • 6.7
    Major Spoilers - Stacy Baugher Dec 6, 2018

    This is a great little issue. Is it going to change the way we look at comics or holiday titles? Nope. Is it an entertaining issue in a solid run of entertaining issues from a great creative team? Yep. Not every issue has to break your mind. The point of comics is to be entertained, and Harley Quinn #55 does that in spades. As far as holiday issues go, it may not be groundbreaking, but HARLEY QUINN #55 is great fun and a nice look into the character and her world. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Infinite Earths - J.D. Jr. Dec 5, 2018

    An emotionally charged tale that's far from your average holiday special! Read Full Review

  • 5.8
    Comic Watch - Nicholas Osborn Dec 10, 2018

    Harley Quinn #55 has all the characteristics of a great holiday special, but ultimately misses the mark in bringing the pieces together for an exciting and memorable story. Though the artwork is a significant improvement, the issue is unfortunately a lackluster reading experience overall. Read Full Review

  • 5.6
    Comic Crusaders - Daniel Clark Dec 6, 2018

    Harley Quinn #55 has good intentions designed to make this an issue that actually matters and surely there will be those moved by its more somber moments. You can do far worse when it comes to special Holiday programming, however, it ultimately has a script that can not fully convey its own message. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Batman-News - Casper Rudolph Dec 5, 2018

    This comic entertains me, but, like I said, that does not mean that it wows me. There are still too many problems to really call this a "good" comic. But is it a "bad" comic? Well, it's not that either. I would say it sits somewhere in between. If you just want to sit back and relax with this comic and have a laugh (despite some of the heavier stuff relating to Harley's mom's condition), then I think there is plenty here for you to enjoy. But if you can't help but look at comics with a critical mindset"and especially if you agree with what I said in this review"then this might not really be the comic for you. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Weird Science - Reggie Hemingway Dec 5, 2018

    Humor-wise, it's about on the level of an episode of Family Matters from season one. Stakes-wise, it has the ramifications of an episode of Family Matters from season six. You know: where Urkel would become a Bruce Lee robot or whatever. The art in this issue is great, though. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Nihilist Dec 5, 2018

    Christmas specials have one thing in common - they are sweet. Kitsch and gimmicky, maybe, but sweet nonetheless. That's why holidays were invented by pagans in the first place - to lighten the frosty, dark winter mood, and offer people some comfort, something positive to wait for and cherish.
    This issue, to nobody's surprise, is hardly sweet, albeit it tries to add some drama and heart to its otherwise insanely tedious and caricatural story, being a typical "everything goes wrong this christmas, but we'll handle it at the very end".
    Dialogues, once again unsurprisingly, are atrocious ("black metal forever!", sigh), and characters are barely overdrawn one dimensional shells, stereotypes.

    And yes, similarly to previous is more

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  • 1.0
    YourGreenMuse Dec 6, 2018

    This was not good. It was really bad. Sam Humphries would make a mediocre sitcom writer. All this issue is is Harley's family ruining her Christmas. Everything that can go wrong, does go wrong. Like a sitcom. And also like a sitcom, it manages to solve all these problems through acute emotional manipulation. Don't worry about the Christmas party being ruined because Harley's mom has cancer! Oh, yeah, that feels like a real genuine moment coming out of a Harley Quinn comic. It's played straight, but you can't do that after mirroring basically any sitcom holiday episode from the 80s and 90s. I think it's repulsive. This issue hit home for me in a way that no one making the comic would expect, but it makes me despise this issue with a passion.

  • 1.0
    Darkseid24 Dec 8, 2018

    This whole issue is a mess: I am wondering what the point is to give Harleys mom cancer. Will we get some bad cancer jokes in future issues? However my real problem with this issue is how her family treats Harley. They treat her as if Harley was a girl, who sometimes drank too much, but they totally ignore, that she is a mass murderer. If Harleys life was great like that, why would she turn all psycho? It just makes her character look even worse.

  • 5.0
    Br'er Lapin Dec 9, 2018

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