This is my first comic book review. Both sides of the comic book world Marvel and DC Comics have been battling on several fronts recently. Competing movie and television series, as well as reworked, re-envisioned, rebooted comic book universes with lots of diversity are the components of the current battle. Still I was surprised to see diversity extending to placing two of the most popular female characters in the DC universe in a nudist setting. Harley Quinn #8 2016 Harley And Ivy Go To A Nudist Colony Together does just that.
— AANR Midwest Region (@AANRMW) November 23, 2016
It was clear after seeing the above tweet that review was in order. So here is the review of Harley And Ivy Go To A Nudist Colony Together.
I was a huge comic book fan as a kid and had a huge collection all the way up through high school. I have had a hard time with the evolution of the comic book and the recent reworking of several long time and popular comic book characters. Based on the cover Harley Quinn #8 seems to be a part of the D.C. Comics rebirth effort that seeks to reboot the top 52 characters in the DC Universe and breath new life into D. C. Comics with some modern twists. The Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy of this comic are definitely the new reimagined versions, though there is a bit of a flashback element to start the story and again later in the mid section.
For my taste the story seems a bit jumbled. There are multiple story lines and sub stories going on alongside the visit of the Harley and Ivy to a nudist “colony”. No spoilers here, so I won’t go into the storylines but rather comment on the depiction of the nudist experience. That depiction is a mixed bag. On the one hand when Harley and Ivy arrive at the The Colony (the name of the nudist community) the writers present an accurate and straight forward depiction of nudist values. That is a positive as the dialogue is similar to what any first timer would here at most nudist venues. On the other hand the responses of Harley and Ivy are filled to overflowing with sexual innuendo and double entendres.
While this is very much in character for the two it reinforces the kind of silly social association with nudity and sex that makes the clothes free life and nude recreation less than mainstream. This is evident in the use of the work Colony to describe what is depicted as a modern day clothes free community. The depictions of activity at the nudist community are on point. Community member play tennis and water volleyball and eat meals outside. So it appears some research was done. However, the nudist community only serves as a limited backdrop for the rest of the storylines. In that respect it could well have been any other vacation spot. Though I read the comic on a tablet I thought the artwork to be of the highest quality. The artist’s adopt the technique used in television which has frontal nudity drawing objects in strategic places to avoid the view of any cleavage, genitals etc.
Comic book fans, particularly Harley fans should be pleased with this volume. Nudists and naturists who are not comic readers may not to find much to hold their attention. For an inexpensive frivolous read one might take this Harley out for a spin.