Warning: Spoilers For Harley Quinn #46
Harley Quinn's adventures on Apokolips take a turn for the worse this week, and after making some new enemies, it looks like Harley's history with the Joker is about to be erased... along with the rest of her memory! Last week, in Harley Quinn #45, Harley packed up and left Coney Island for a vacation, sick and tired of trying to be a superhero and ready to take a serious break... and while she started out aiming for a beach vacation, she got more than she bargained for when a couple of female furies popped through a Boom Tube and took her back to Apokolips!
Harley was actually pretty happy with this turn of events, though, because the madness and mayhem of Apokolips suits her nature just fine - especially when she wants to blow off some steam. On top of that, she meets Granny here, who initiates her into the female furies and gives her a magical hammer and a job to do. However, this week, in Harley Quinn #46, things start to go awry as Harley realizes who she is working for, and by the end of the issue, her vacation has turned into her worst nightmare as Granny threatens to wipe her memory!
At first, Harley is happy to take Granny's job and go after another fury (a Fallen Fury) known as Petite Tina - who turns out to be anything but petite! Still, Harley is able to take her down and turn her in, but not before Tina has started to tell her just how Granny keeps the lower levels of Apokolips living in fear and poverty - something that doesn't sit well with Harley at all.
As she continues to learn about how people are treated in this world, she struggles with the choice between giving up her new hammer (and sweet armor), and doing the right thing to protect the underdog - and Harley being Harley, it's the underdog that wins in the end. (That, and the fact that they just don't know how to do a good burger on Apokolips.)
Of course, when Granny finds out about this betrayal, it's curtains for Harley - and she is stripped of her hammer and her Fury status and finds herself trapped in a sinister space alongside none other that Petite Tina. The two are at the mercy of one of the original Female Furies, Bernadeth, and she is not happy about these two defectors. At the end of the issue, Bernadeth reveals her plan for punishing Tina and Harley for the 'sin of Free Will'... she's going to totally wipe their memories, and turn them into mindless minions for Darkseid!
Harley Quinn #47 is titled 'Who Am I, Again?', which suggests that Harley is definitely going to struggle to get out of this one with her memories intact, but it is also the final issue of this arc, so whether she loses her free will or (more likely) escapes with all her faculties, it looks like she'll be back in Brooklyn soon enough. The big question, though, is how she'll manage to get free of the clutches of Bernadeth, and if she might end up bringing Petite Tina with her.
Could this be a new addition to her Coney Island family?
Harley Quinn #46 is available now from DC Comics.
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