Review – The Joker Presents: A Puzzlebox #4
Writer – Matthew Rosenberg
Colourist – Ulises Areola & Jeromy Cox
Letterer – Ferran Delgado
Publisher – DC Comics
Release Date – 21st July 2021
In the mystery of ‘Who killed the Riddler?’, our attention moves to Harley Quinn. She’s headed underground in Gotham and it’s a race to find the next piece of the puzzle. There’s only one problem, there’s more than one monster looking for the puzzle piece as well!
DC Comics brings us the fourth instalment of this mini-series. Written by Matthew Rosenberg and a creative art team featuring the talents of Jesus Merino and others, can you collect the clues and solve the Puzzlebox?
Matthew Rosenberg captures the persona of Harley Quinn really well. As one of DC’s most popular characters, there has been various depictions of her over the years with varying levels of success. But certainly Rosenberg manages to put his stamp on his version of Quinn and really nails the neurotic and psychotic side to her. The issue itself is another good entry into the ongoing mini-series and I certainly enjoyed the twists and turns in this one.
In this issue, Jesus Merino is joined by guest artist Dani Strips and Jeromy Cox joins Ulises Areola as guest colourist. Whilst we can see the work of Merino and Areola as a pair in the interview panels with the Joker, it is the guest artists who take time to shine in the Harley Quinn panels in Gotham’s underground. There is very little background colour utilised which is in keeping with the locus, so the primary focus of colours is on Harley Quinn herself (as it should be). I was also impressed with the artwork in the depiction of supporting villains. Normally I don’t like multiple artists but I am enjoying the rotation of guest artists every issue.
Another good addition to what is an enjoyable series. And certainly fans of Harley Quinn will enjoy this issue and her madcap portrayal. I for one am struggling with the clues as to who killed the Riddler, so hopefully readers are faring better than me! With only 3 issues remaining, it will be interesting to see how Matthew Rosenberg brings it all together.
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