The love lifetime of Harleen Quinzel is a matter of some fame, from her years of infatuation with the Joker to her solely lately canonized OTP with Poison Ivy. But with the Joker firmly within the rear window and Ivy on one in every of her “humanity sucks” downswings, Harley’s massive dumb coronary heart could also be a little bit larger and dumber than traditional.
Which would clarify how she could be getting a crush on, of all folks, Booster Gold, one of many largest losers within the DC Universe. But what’s worse is that I’ve to confess it’s actually cute.
I really like Booster Gold. He’s a giant, blond, fame-hounding himbo dropout with a coronary heart of gold, who got here from the long run to try to be a superhero in a time when expertise was not as superior. Booster is a perennial C-lister, with a not-quite-fourth-wall-breaking understanding that he all the time will probably be. But he nonetheless tries.
Like Harley, Booster has a protracted historical past of being queered by followers, as one half of the Boostle ship — although not like Harley/Ivy, Booster Gold/Blue Beetle stays sadly outdoors of canon. So I’m not saying that Harley/Booster is a brand new without end OTP.
But I am saying that the best way author Sam Humphries and artist ABEL depict them in Harley Quinn #72 is actually cute. I imply, simply have a look at Booster’s lovely civilian model of his costume.
First, there’s the conflict of good man helps dangerous lady, as Booster will get caught up in serving to Harley examine the demise of an in depth good friend. Then there’s the half the place they really begin having enjoyable collectively. Then there’s the half the place they must faux to be engaged to get a creepy cultist off their backs!
And there’s the top, the place Booster calls Harley out for appearing recklessly as a result of she looks like she deserves for dangerous issues to occur to her, and says he received’t be any a part of that.
Instead of kissing her, Booster makes an uncharacteristic option to keep away from drama and flies off, leaving Harley alone to proceed trying to find the highly effective prison and industrialist who appear to be they may have offed her good friend.
And that’s when the shoe drops for Harley.
We’ve all been there, Harley. If I would say so myself, this can be a veritable bisexual-woman temper. And the fallout has the potential to be much more scrumptious. Just imagining the look on the Joker’s face when he finds out his ex is courting … Booster Gold? The man everybody mistakes for Green Lantern?
With her immunity to poison and appreciable superpowers, Ivy’s by no means thought-about the Joker a lot of a menace. But Booster is a complete fuckup, which suggests a situation the place Harley must be the one who protects her new beau from the larger supervillains. Delicious.
I anticipate we’ll discover out whether or not Booster feels the identical method Harley does when Harley Quinn #73 is launched on June 9.