COMIC TITLE: Harley Quinn #1 (2016)
Chad Hardin– Artist
Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner – Writers
August 3, 2016
We are continuing our run with Women’s History Month and I am especially proud of today’s choice for a couple of reasons. I am proud to venture into the DC Comics Universe to check out everyone’s favorite head case in Harley Quinn #1 because it’s co-written by a woman in the very talented Amanda Conner. Apparently, Harley is out of the life in this comic and no longer with the Suicide Squad. She’s trying to be in the straight and narrow by owning some businesses in Coney Island. Unfortunately for her though, she won’t stay out of retirement for very long. Everything is going ggreat with the business, she has all of her friends working there like the Brooklyn Bruisers, Coney Island Freakfest and Burlesque, and Harley’s Gang Of Harleys (Bolly Quinn, Coach, Carli Quinn, Hanuquinn, Harlem Harley, Harley Queens, and Harvey Quinn). So, while everything seems OK, it really doesn’t because Zombies believe that they have been invited to the party and now Harley needs to go into action to figure this out. To read more about the issue and anything else that DC Comics has, you can do so by clicking here.
There is some real magic going on in the beginning part of this comic book and it gets a little steamy between Harley and Poison Ivy. You can definitely cut that tension with a knife and it’s an added element that maybe we’ll see more of in the upcoming issues of the book. That all happens when Harley is explaining her origin story and what she is doing now with her life, but it’s a cool added dimension to the story. The writers do a really good job with Harley’s personality which by all means is the first key to success. She has to have the right personality or it all will just not work in the end. The story builds up nicely especially with the zombies who are relentless in their quest for human flesh (why wouldn’t they be?). The artwork is actually very enjoyable in my opinion and to let you know Amanda designed the cover for the issue as well. The panels are easy to read and follow along with so you shouldn’t have a problem there at all. The build up is great and the story is great so go get it and check out my final grades below.
Character Representation: A+
Entertainment Value: A+