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Noteworthy Issues: Knight Terrors: Harley Quinn #2 (August, 2023)

Harley Quinn's nightmares take her through the multiverse. For some reason.

Yup, still not done with the Knight Terrors stuff.  Like I said, I won’t be covering big crossovers again, no matter what they do.

And I’ve been mostly enjoying the Beast World story.

Issue:  Knight Terrors: Harley Quinn #2, August 2023

Writers:  Tini Howard and Leah Williams

Artists:  Ben Templesmith, PJ Holden, and Hayden Sherman

The Plot:  Harley’s nightmares aren’t over yet.  I wish they were, but they aren’t.

Commentary:  I think I neglected to mention when I reviewed this first issue of this two-parter that it had a back-up story.  Well, it did, but it was so forgettable I forgot to mention it.  As it is, I think I was mostly kinda mad at the end of the main story for issue #1.  And “mad” is probably way too strong a word for it.

Here’s the skinny:  Harley’s nightmares, which may or may not be nightmares from the same source as all the other characters having them, involved her traveling the multiverse as laid out by Grant Morrison’s Multiversity special issue.  Harley had visited a world where the Justice League was a bunch of pirates and another where they were vampires.  Her “nightmare” was that no matter where she went…she was a hero.

Um, yeah.

Look, I am not for a moment going to pretend that I know the current status of Harley’s moral compass.  I haven’t read much of anything from any of her solo series, and it’s not high on my list of things to check out.  But I did read the first part of Knight Terrors where, get this, Harley was assisting Batman in trying to keep things under control before Insomnia put everyone that wasn’t a robot, from Atlantis, Damian Wayne, or Zatanna to sleep.

Well, it turns out Harley may be part of some multiversal thing with Lady Quark.

I’d ask why, but honestly, even with this issue where Harley sees herself as a Silver Age hero battling Brainiac, I’m not sure I care all that much.  This issue didn’t make me any more interested in where Harley was going after I read the issue than I did before, so…yeah, whatever.  Something like this should try to entice the uninitiated into checking something out, and I just didn’t much care what happened to Harley.  I normally kinda like Harley, but I don’t like her enough to read her solo book, and somehow, these two issues made me less interested.  Good work there.

Grade:  C