Harley Quinn – Gotham's Arrival! by Mariko Tamaki & Steve Pugh | Review


Published on Feb 26, 2020


The relationship between the DC and our country is historically tumultuous and inversely proportional to: so great is the love for the competitive hard core of Italian fans of the publisher of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman so much is often been, tragically, a deficit in the work of the editors who have managed the publications.

But the 2020 is started under a star decidedly benevolent. If the rights of the publications to be “traditional” are passed to the giant Sandwiches, the Publisher of The Beaver, however, assured those of one of the lines for publishing the most innovative and probably the fundamental for years to come: DC Graphic Novels for Young Adults.

It is an editorial policy designed first and foremost for a young audience, a very young – what precisely is referred to as a Young Adult, and encompasses a slice of the public that roughly goes from 12/13 to 18/20 years – who is not familiar with the decades of the superimposed narrative of the comics, and whose books are presented directly in the circuit of the libraries varies.

Taking advantage decidedly on the ball, Publishing The Beaver features as the first title for this ambitious series Harley Quinn – Gotham's Arrival! by Mariko Tamaki (Supergirl – Be Super) and Steve Pugh (Animal Man) capitalizing on the extreme popularity of the character and its considerable exposure in the media.

The fifteen-year-old Harleen Quinzel is sent to live in Gotham City, is not worried: he has already lived through many difficult situations and knows how to get by in the most dangerous city in the world. The grandmother, who would be due to host, however, died suddenly, and so the young Harleen is taken under the wing of the most famous drag queen of Gotham, Mama.

Harleen seems to have found the ideal environment where to grow between the friendship of the belligerent schoolmate Ivy, which is divided between social campaigns and struggles against the swanky John Kane and his film club voted to the machismo, and the gentrification of its headquarters to the work of the corporation owned by the same family, Kane, that the threat to evict Mama and her nightclub.

Harleen wants to do something more than simple protests with her friend Ivy and it turns into Harley Quinn dazzled by the charm of the anarchist Joker who wants to throw Gotham into chaos so violent and spectacular...

The final will be unexpected and incredible!

Is Steve Pugh to perfectly embody the style of the break-up of the graphic novel.

The designer british, chameleon-like and capable of changing and experimenting with his stroke – recovered his work on Animal Man to notice a monstrous difference between the 80s and 2000 – despite what you might think for a story addressed to an audience, young adult uses a stretch extremely realistic, which makes the expressiveness and cinesica his characteristic figure, placing to the attention of the reader the figure, or figures, and their interaction.

However, it is not the stroke that makes the proof of Pugh capital, as in the use of color. Not a search for expressionist rather a time to synesthesia: here, then, is as two-tones and nuances on the palette scale of hues take on very specific meanings.

The gray/green of Gotham collide with the red/purple of the memories of childhood, while colors “other” shows the details and moods with a climax that is realized in the voltage of red and black – the colors with which always identifies the character – net and contrasting more than ever before the epilogue everything is dyed orange almost to anticipate a future for Harleen.

Pugh interprets so the screenplay is solid Mariko Tamaki, who must mediate a re-reading of the other sources of the character – that at the end of the volume can be assimilated to those of an elseworld, a coordinate might make a better target readers of comics – a series of themes that can raise public awareness of young adult: gentrification, female empowerement, feminism, and social militancy, sexuality is fluid.

The Tamaki but filters very well these issues and leads substantially to a history of growth/discovery, which finds in the characters of the Joker and Ivy the dishes of a balance in which the adolescent Harleen is the needle that repeatedly asks the question: who are they? indeed, why are they?

Question typical of adolescence, which does not have a unique answer.

From the point of view carto-technical Publishing The Beaver creates a volume column, without the extra size and packaging – binding to the wire, ribbed all round performance ensures etc... – more reminiscent of that of a book in the sense that the classic format you propose of the volumes. The paper is thick and porous, the printing yield excellent. Not easy to work in adaptation and translation is done very well but must surrender at any step is less immediate, is the very good lettering of the scafatissima Maria Letizia Mirabella.

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