Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Gotham City Sirens #19

The latest issue of Gotham City Sirens is split up into two-halves. The first half concludes the Talia/Zatanna tale and the problem over the dangerous knowledge Catwoman carries.

The second half of the issue deals with the fallout from that encounter, the sirens getting a new pad, and Selina and Harley sitting down together for a heart-to-heart that leads one of them off the deep end. (I'll give you one guess as to which one.)

It's here where the sane, clinical side of Harley is shown (right before she journeys on another trip to crazytown). Given her various antics, it's easy to forget the character was a psychologist before falling for the Joker and it's nice to see that part of here honored here in her attempt to help a friend in need.

I also enjoyed how writer Peter Calloway juxtaposed the Catwoman/Batman relationship with that of Harley and the Joker. Harley's internalizing of the pain Selina has endured at her relationship with a man who wouldn't and couldn't give himself to her fully sparks the crazy fires one more time as Harley sets out to find Mr. J. for a final confrontation. It's not a great issue but the scene between Catwoman and Harley alone makes it worth a look.

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