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Heroes in Crisis #2 Review - Harley Quinn Beats Batman

Updated: Apr 12, 2020

Tom King (Writer) • Clay Mann & Travis Moore (Pencils)

• Clay Mann & Tomeu Morey (Cover Artists) • Tomeu Morey & Arif Prianto (Colorist)

• DC Comics (Publisher)

Heroes in Crisis Variant Cover by Ryan Sook

Heroes in Crisis #2 meanders a bit but manages to remain one of the better reads on the shelves this week despite its flaws.

The bulk of the comic covers the Trinity (Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman) and their investigation following the murder at Sanctuary and their confrontation with Harley Quinn.

The rest of the issue follows Booster Gold as he conducts his own haphazard investigation. Boosters search for answers goes about as well as can be expected as he totally botches enlisting Flash to help him.

Harley, on the other hand, manages to get the best of the Trinity with relative ease. I'm not sure I buy the believability of the scene. In fact, I call bullshit. We've seen Tom King pull this trick before with Catwoman taking down 3 speedsters over the course of a few panels. Its a narrative cheat to establish a character's ability. It trick works in a vacuum but it strains the comics credibility when Harley almost immediately takes down Batman like a chump.

None of the patient interview scenes are quite as interesting or poignant as the previous issue. It's not Tom King's fault that the first issue was so great but it really makes this issue feel lackluster in comparison.

Outside of the gripes, Clay Mann and Travis Moore's art continue to impress. Penguin makes a cameo and looks just like Danny Devito from Batman Returns. This got a huge grin out of me. It was also cool to see Harley Quinn in her original TAS costume.

The good thing is that the issue isn't bad just mediocre and could easily return to form next issue. Let's hope that is the case. The premise is interesting, the art is great and the writer is gifted. I'm sure that this issue is a minor hiccup and the series will bounce back....

Rating 7.5/10

#TomKing #ClayMann #TravisMoore #TomeuMorey #ArifPrianto #DCComics #Batman #WonderWoman #Superman #HarleyQuinn #BoosterGold #Flash #RyanSook

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