Harley Quinn #1 Review

Harley Quinn sets out on her own, but can the world handle it?

The Good

Harley Quinn remains the fascinating character that draws in many people, myself included, with her combination of sadness, optimism, fun loving spirit, and complete lack of morals. She almost reminds me of a female version of Dexter, of the hit series Dexter of course, and even has her own "code" of sorts. I do love the small tweaks made to Harley's look, losing the small cape and ruff collar was a great decision. The cover fits the book well as it is a little bit fun and a little dark if you think about the implications of it.

The Not So Good

The art is not bad, but it just doesn't have the same spunk as Harley Quinn. With that said, the real sticking point for me is the lack of continuity with the rest of the DC Universe. This has always been DC's weakness and it is evident here that the writers just want to tell the stories they want to tell despite Harley's previous appearances in The Suicide Squad. In fact, how a wanted criminal can inherit a building from a former patient and get a job using her real name is quite odd. Maybe the DC universe legal system operates differently from real life?

The Bottom Line

DC has decided to answer Marvel's Hawkeye series with Harley Quinn while simultaneously adding in a dash of Deadpool. This might be a dream combination for some, while others may be turned off by this idea. As I noted above, there seems to be a lack of continuity with the rest of the DCU and if that is going to bother you then you may want to avoid this book. On the other hand, if you are a fan of Harley Quinn and hate her portrayal in Suicide Squad then you may want to give this book a look. Despite much anticipation, this book fails to live up to my expectations. Not a bad book, but not a great one either.

3.0 / 5
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Harley Quinn #1
Released December 18, 2013
Writer Amanda Conner
Artist Chad Hardin
Cover Artist Amanda Conner

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