Story: Amy Wolfram, Derek Fridolfs
Art: Agnes Garbowska
Colorist: Silvana Brys
Letterer: Gabriela Downie
What They Say:
Story 1 – The girls are excited about this year’s Fall Festival, but Harley Quinn has other plans! Will Bumblebee be able to stop her and keep the pumpkins from flying? Story 2 – Zatanna learns that magic isn’t always the solution for everything—especially when that thing is bright red and in the middle of your forehead!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
With the first three issues coming from the same team, this installment changes things up with two stories that come in at about eight pages each from different writers. Amy Wolfram kicks things off with a fun event while Derek Fridolfs delves into the fear that many a high school student has. Binding it all together is that Agnes Garbowska handles the artwork for both stories so it has a really great look as she’s got the touch when it comes to this property. With Silvana Brys handling the color design for it, they’re able to give it the cohesive feel it needs so that you know it’s a part of the larger line-up of toys, games, and animation that exists for it. It doesn’t feel like the odd property out in the slightest.
The first story is a fun one from Wolfram where there’s a fall harvest thing going on with someone going to be crowned the harvest queen. There’s also a pumpkin contest to see who grew the biggest one and that gets pretty competitive as Kara thinks she has a lock on it but Ivy is able to grow hers to whatever size she needs. But it all turns to chaos when Harley shows up with a pumpkin bazooka that’s shooting them all over the place, resulting in the team coming together to deal with her. It’s a lot of silly action with light story since it’s just eight pages but it flows well and has a lot of fun – and a bit of heart as well as we see how Karen is the one that saves the day and has some of the best moments.
The second one is a cute one even if familiar as it focuses on Zee waking up before school to realize she has a massive zit on her forehead. Yes, you can gripe about it but it’s also something that a lot of kids freak out about in general, so it’s a tried and true piece. She tries to tough it out at school but gets laughed at a lot which results in her casting some magic to make it disappear. The amusing part is that everyone else gets one and she has to try and fix it. It’s not an action tale but it has lots of energy and activity to it that keeps it moving and leaving you wondering how much worse Zee is going to make it as time goes on.
This series continues to be a fun little book that gives me the light material I’m looking for. I really enjoy the TV show from what I’d seen of it and my kids have picked up the figures over the years as well so they’re a familiar part of the household. The stories don’t get a lot of pages since there are two here but they’re used effectively by both writers. And we get a full installment of artwork from Garbowska and that alone makes it worthwhile as it’s just a delight to watch play out, whether it’s flying pumpkins or the biggest zit ever.
Age Rating: 12+
Released By: DC Comics via ComiXology and Kindle
Release Date: May 16th, 2020