Swipe File: Harley Quinn #1 Rebirth And The Skrull Kill Krew

Back in Fantastic Four #3, the Fantastic Four met the Skrulls. Shape shifting aliens who they degfeated and then hypnotised and turned into cows.

fourthskrull4That’s how Stan Lee and Jack Kirby did it back in the day. Later on the Fantastic Four, John Byrne would have a town who had been transformed by Skrull cow “milk”.


But it’s a version from Mark Millar, Grant Morrison and Steve Yeowell that would hit on this with Skrull Kill Krew.


With contaminated Skrull beef treated like a disease, transforming certain people DNA into Skrull-powered abilities –  until they died, a BSE-parallel.



Well in today, Harley Quinn #1, the Rebirth relaunch that is basically the same as any other issue, from Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti and Chad Hardin has Harley Quinn not only tying in with the Loot Crate version – the first time any comic has referenced a Loot Crate exclusive…

Image (69) But gives us an alien visiting Earth who has to disguise himself, Ford Prefect style. And who is green, yes.


Image (71) You know, I think the Transformers made a similar error. But, just as with the Skrull Kill Krew, the alien meets a sticky end.
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The horror, the horror…Image (72)

Of course you realise this means war. Or at least a couple of extremely suggestive sexual scenes suggesting both a threesome and bestiality.Image (76)Well this is Harley Quinn after all. Although rather than creating a new team of superheroes looking to take down Skrulls, we get alien zombies instead.

harleyAnd another Fantastic Four character Willy Lumpkin! Is there nothing Harley Quinn won’t pinch?

In Swipe File we present two or more images that resemble each other to some degree. They may be homages, parodies, ironic appropriations, coincidences or works of the lightbox. We trust you, the reader, to make that judgment yourself? If you are unable to do so, please return your eyes to their maker before any further damage is done. The Swipe File doesn’t judge, it’s interested more in the process of creation, how work influences other work, how new work comes from old, and sometimes how the same ideas emerge simultaneously as if their time has just come. The Swipe File was named after the advertising industry habit where writers and artist collect images and lines they admire to inspire them in their work. It was swiped from the Comic Journal who originally ran this column, as well as the now defunct Swipe Of The Week website.

About Rich Johnston

Chief writer and founder of Bleeding Cool. Father of two. Comic book clairvoyant. Political cartoonist.

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