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Batman: Harley and Ivy #2

May 22, 2004

Quick Rating: Very Good
Title: Jungle Fever

In the midst of a Central American dictatorship, Harley and Ivy have a lot of hoops to jump through to get the rare Zombie Root they need.

Writers: Paul Dini & Bruce Timm
Pencils: Bruce Timm
Inks: Bruce Timm & Shane Glines
Colors: Lee Loughridge
Letters: Tom Orzechowski
Editor: Joan Hilty
Cover Art: Bruce Timm
Publisher: DC Comics

Harley and Ivy have traveled down to Central America to find a rare root, only to run afoul of a dictator and a pair of goofy villains intent on chopping things downs. After battling their way through a group of female goons, upon whom Ivy’s kiss would be helpless, the girls are led to the dictator, who wants the secret of unlocking the Zombie Root from Ivy.

This is a completely goofy issue. The situation is hokey, the bad guys are walking stereotypes and the sentiments belong in an afterschool special. What keeps this from being a bad comic is that Dini and Timm have cast our bad girls in the roles of reluctant heroines. They may have their own agenda, their own less than altruistic reason for wanting the root, but the result is that they wind up fighting the real villains of the piece and doing good. It’s an interesting, very amusing role to cast them in.

Bruce Timm, as always, shines on the art. How many artists can say their rendition of Batman and his family has been copied by some many others? Okay, maybe Frank Miller. But that doesn’t make Timm’s accomplishment any less impressive. His girls are cute, his bad guys are zany, his lush, tropical jungles are lush and tropical. It’s all you could want.

Although the book is done in the animated style, it’s not for the youngest readers. There are some mild sexual overtones and, like last issue, a gratuitous T&A scene (unless someone can explain to me why the girls were fighting in their underwear in the first scene). Still, these things don’t make it a bad comic book, and your middle-schooler could probably read it without a problem. In fact, it may work as a nice stepping stone comic from the animated universe to the darker mainstream titles.

This is a title that really makes you wish Dini and Timm could find the time to play around in their animated world more often. They always tell entertaining, wonderfully visual stories. They shift from darkness to comedy with ease, and they always leave you satisfied.

Rating: 8/10

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