"Batman and Harley Quinn (2017 Mini-Series)" Comic Talkback (Spoilers)

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The artwork looked rushed like Burchett's but slightly better. I'm starting to wish they hired Vecchio to do every issue.

The ending was a gag pretty much in the same vein as the movie's end. At least there was an attempt to match the movie's tone.

It was nice to finally see Alfred appear.

Blockbuster - eh. They could have done without the Cadmus reference or used ARGUS instead since they appeared in the movie.
 

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The first issue was light and just fine but the second issue was really great! I want to see more issues like this one! The tour through Arkham was great and it looked like there was real character progression for Poison Ivy and even Batman. I really hope we get to see more issues like this.
 

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As was expected, the first two issues were previously released material from the Last Call hardcover packed in with the movies limited release. not upset about that by any means, I really enjoyed the book so I'm glad it gets to reach a larger audience who missed out. Looks like the third issue will be new material, so I'm excited about that!
 

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The tour through Arkham was great and it looked like there was real character progression for Poison Ivy and even Batman. I really hope we get to see more issues like this.
It was pretty neat they didn't go to the Joker's cell, granted he's still incarcerated and hasn't escaped.

Agreed, I think Batman's time with Harley got him thinking about his approach to rehabilitating criminals and if I remember correctly, Harley stood up for Ivy at least once during the movie. Which for the most part was true in a sense because the Harley Quinn and Batman comic helped lay down the idea that Floronic Man was the bad influence on Ivy and she wouldn't ever consider a plan that would threaten the whole planet without him goading her into it.

So 5 issues left. So Floronic Man, Nightwing, Harley are probably next. Wonder who the other 2 focus on unless it's connects everyone's stories heading into the finale of the comic.
 

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Loved this issue, it's great seeing the tone change from the silliness of the movie to a conclusion with the seriousness we've come to expect from the DCAU. The art was great as well! I'm glad to see that the chapters that weren't included in the Last Call hardback are up to par quality wise, looking forward to the other couple that are yet to come!
 

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Yes, if the viewer wasn't satisfied with Floronic Man's defeat at the end of the movie, this issue is likely the superior conclusion. It takes place 3 minutes after the teaser of him running around on fire. Pretty cool. It was satisfying to see the Parliament of the Trees call him out then get him on his own logic. Plus a nice touch that Floronic Man admitted he once admired Swamp Thing and we get hear him talk a little about his home world Floria in the Dryad Dimension after that brief mention of it in the movie in a Batmobile scene.
 

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Batman cutting off Nightwing in the Batcave and his "I don't blush" at the end were amusing but the best part was Alfred singing, imo.

Neat selection of song nods at the bar, heh: "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" by Elton John, "No Rain" by Blind Melon, and "Ain't No Sunshine" by Bill Withers
 
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I loved this issue for the shot of Alfred singing Blind Melon. I wish that was Animated now.

Two-Face's presence is kind of odd though. He was just in Arkham in issue 2 set a few days beforehand, so if he escaped why doesn't Nightwing seem to care? Also, don't you think he'd be able to make the Wayne family connection if he saw Alfred? Him and Bruce were really good friends after all.
 

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Two-Face's presence is kind of odd though. He was just in Arkham in issue 2 set a few days beforehand, so if he escaped why doesn't Nightwing seem to care? Also, don't you think he'd be able to make the Wayne family connection if he saw Alfred? Him and Bruce were really good friends after all.
Well, you got to keep in mind this story isn't set in a conventional tone -- so Two-Face being out and about -- Nightwing was more concerned about combating his boredom. As for Alfred, nobody remembers the butler's face-comic logic.
 

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The first arc of the Batman and Harley Quinn digital comic sequel series concludes!

BATMAN AND HARLEY QUINN #5



Written by: Amanda Deibert
Art by: Dario Brizuela
The Story: Harley Quinn is determined to give Dr. Harleen Quinzel's life another try. But will she make it as "The Good Doctor"?
Release Date: November 20, 2017
Cover Price: $0.99

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Another oddball continuity-wise. Harley's resume suggests she spent 5 years as a doctor at Arkham, but Mad Love suggests otherwise.

She's also surprised Wayne knows who she is when we see her kidnap him in Holiday Knights, run into him in Harley's Holiday, and interact with him again in Lock-Up where we find out he's a funder (or something of the sorts) for Arkham.

And then she ends up with a different job than the talk show host in the film. Perhaps the upcoming Task Force Ex storyline will clarify this one
 

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Another oddball continuity-wise. Harley's resume suggests she spent 5 years as a doctor at Arkham, but Mad Love suggests otherwise.
Yep. Another argument for it being an alternate universe.

And then she ends up with a different job than the talk show host in the film. Perhaps the upcoming Task Force Ex storyline will clarify this one
Well, we can probably assume the talk show was a big time skip that takes place after the comics.
 
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After reading about the hardcover for the collection coming in March on WF is it safe to assume the 12 digital chapters are the five prequel issues and then seven sequel issues? It seems like it is based on the synopsis for the hardcover and it wouldn't make sense to not include those five chapters.

Issue #5 was also pretty fun but I am looking forward to the next two issues. They sound like fun.
 

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Reference to Swamp Thing and "Nightwig" in the recommendation was a hoot. 'You might have to resurrect him out of the trees?' :D

So Batman anticipated that Aioli Clinic was where she would apply first? lol. Funny little nod to the Mayo Clinic. Doris and Dr. Connor being so chill was also amusing.

The sales associate crossing out the "Number of weeks since a customer pretended to be Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman" was hilarious.

Brizuela is definitely a contender with Vecchio for my favorite artist in these comics. It was a bit different to see Franco Resco color this issue brighter than what we're used to with Gotham but it works here, imo.

After reading about the hardcover for the collection coming in March on WF is it safe to assume the 12 digital chapters are the five prequel issues and then seven sequel issues?
Yes, that is correct.
 
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I love Luciano's art, but the colors felt too bright this time around. Enjoyed the nod to #3 of the prequel about cat woman's gem. Looking forward to Part 2
 

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