Harley Quinn #8

Writer: Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti Artist: Chad Hardin Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: November 23, 2016 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 9 User Reviews: 14
8.4Critic Rating
8.6User Rating

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"LIFE'S A BEACH"! Harley owes Ivy a trip to the Bahamas...and delivers way more than either of them expected!

  • 10
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Nov 26, 2016

    Harley Quinn isn't an indie darling. And it's not billed as some kind of prestige series, like The Vision. Instead, it's a high-selling, popular character-driven superhero comic that still managed to deliver some of the best character work I've read in years. Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Konrad Secord-Reitz Nov 23, 2016

    I loved this issue and how crazy it is. This is a perfect snap shot of how fun and oddHarley Quinn and her life are. Read Full Review

  • 10
    The Batman Universe - David Finn Nov 24, 2016

    So it ends with Ivy flying away and Harley has a tear running down her face. I know this is obviously a bit of a landmark issue and I do hope Ivy resurfaces for guest spots. She is such a cool character and Harley and her play off each other so well. I saw Poison Ivy appear in a regular Bat-Book recently, used as the villainous foil, and it struck me just how soulless and empty that persona is compared to the more complex and affectionate character that has graced these pages of Harley Quinn, or Ivy's own recent miniseries. I understand different stories call for different interpretations, but as her plane soared through the sky and out of Harley's life, I knew which version I preferred. A kind of sad, kind of happy, but always beautiful issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Heroes Direct - Eammon Jacobs Nov 25, 2016

    The writers have cleverly set up a Joker sub-plot from a few issues back – involving Harley's time at Arkham. And this issue continues the flashbacks to her time as Doctor Harleen Quinzel, respected psychiatrist. Her interview of the Clown Prince of Crime provides a surprisingly in depth analysis of The Joker's psyche. It's a rare treat that steps away from the main plot ofHarley Quinn #8 for a few moments. We can't help but notice that The Joker has been considerably absent in the Rebirth run so far. Hopefully they'll be bringing one of the three versions of him back pretty soon. Overall,Harley Quinn #8 is a step away from her main story, and allows the anti-hero to stop and catch her breath. Usually, filler issues aren't that great. However – this is the ultimate exception. Don't miss out. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Nov 24, 2016

    It's unfortunate that the long-awaited Bahamas vacation only amounts to one single-issue adventure, but it makes for an enjoyable read all the same. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - Patrick Ross Nov 23, 2016

    And besides, like Harley and Ivy, who doesn't want to get away once in a while? Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weird Science - Reggie Hemingway Nov 23, 2016

    Not the best issue in the series, but it does contain a lot of nudity. So on second thought, it is the best issue in the series. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Batman-News - Elena Carrillo Nov 23, 2016

    I definitely like these somewhat quieter moments between the big arcs, but I'm not a fan of Harley and Ivy, so my enjoyment of this particular adventure was tempered by that bias. Even so, there's the usual funny (and occasionally perverse) humor to buoy the story along, and the subplot of Harley's past with the Joker coming back to haunt her continues to develop. Just seeing Dr. Quinn and Mistah J sparring across a table is entertaining enough for me, and it was good to have this transition so that Harley can grow her mohawk out! Sy Borgman and Zena Bendamova feel a bit played out to me at this point, but I'm glad they're still in the stable of Harley's supporting cast: Conner and Palmiotti always have such interesting ways of tying things together in Harley's world, so no doubt these two won't be disappearing completely any time soon–and they may yet serve in interesting, fresh ways. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Crusaders - Dusty Good Nov 28, 2016

    If you're going to go with a story like this then save it for an Elseworld's series or a Vertigo book. I know that Palmiotti and Conner think that they are being clever, but it the whole thing came off as the same gag we all saw in the original Austin Powers movie " Twenty years ago. If you're going to take the audiences there then have the stones to go all the way. Read Full Review

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