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Karl Kesel is a writer and inker whose work includes Adventures of Superman, Batman and Superman: World's Finest, Daredevil, Fantastic Four, Final Night, Hawk and Dove, Human Torch and Superboy. Terry and Rachel Dodson are a fan-favourite penciller and inker team (respectively) whose work includes Generation X, Pryde and Wisdom, Spider-Man, Storm, Teen Titans, Trouble and Star Wars. They are currently working on Wonder Woman. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: Harley Quinn
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; Reprint edition (January 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401216579
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401216573
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.3 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #366,971 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This book is just pure gold and in complete essence of Harley Quinn. Karl Kesel and Terry Dodson did a wonderful job to transition the title character from her animated medium to one that fits in well with the dark setting of the mainstream DCU, without changing much of what Paul Dini had already established for the character. With Kesel's clever writing and Dodson's beautiful illustrations, the character truly does take a life of her own.

In this volume Harley decides she wants to establish herself as a baddie in old run-down Gotham and for that, she goes on to ditch the Joker and start her own gang. This volume is equipped with half-witted crime schemes, a slumber party, villain team-ups, a failed attempt to loot Bruce Wayne's mansion, and hilarity ensues. The thing that makes this book a plus, is that with Harley's independence from the Joker, the writer is left with plenty of room to explore the character's psyche beyond that of a mere henchgirl with a perverse obsession with one of Gotham's most notorious criminals. The stories go on to illustrate the things that make Harley a heartless criminal as well as the things that make her a sympathetic human being.

Overall this is a good book for any comicbook fan (and Harley fans in general) to possess and enjoy. The stories are fun to read, equipped with witty dialogue, and of course Harley's twisted sense of humour. Die-hard fans of the animated series may be disappointed to learn that Harley's not as innocent in these pages as she is in DCAU, but with Dodson's luscious artwork and Kesel's own spin to establish the Character beyond of what's already familiar to most, make it all worthwhile in my opinion.
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Format: Hardcover
Fans of Harley Quinn should purchase this without hesitation; it delivers the first seven issues of her y2k series in a beautifully bound hardcover.

Visually, the pages here feature mostly fantastic, seductive, pin-up style panels of Harley mixed with some cartoon like panels that resemble her in the Batman animated series. One has to assume the later is done because of time constraints, but whatever. This is more an observation than a complaint.

The stories here are fairly light weight, but are filled with enough action, humor and dialog here to keep things engaging.

More Harley Quinn please! She's perhaps the most interesting "super villainess" in the history of comics.
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What is Harley Quinn?

A. Bumbling sidekick,
B. Clingy girlfriend,
or,
C. Absolutely awesome villain in her own right?

After reading this compilation of Harley Quinn #1-7, the answer is quite obviously C. In this, the Maid of Mischief goes up against some of Batman's greatest villains, throws a very dangerous slumber party, creates her own team, and overall, is absolutely fantastic. Funny and interesting with great action and superb artwork by the Dodsons.

The art does shift from time to time, and at strange places -- I assume this is a result of Terry Dodson and his wife working together. It will slip from it's streamlined and curvy artstyle to a more cartoony Bruce Timm-esque look, but these changes are pretty rare and don't bother you if you're ready for them.

In this marvelous collection, Harley gets betrayed for the umpteenth time by her puddin', the Joker. She goes on the tussle with Two-Face, throw an all-villainess party, start her own gang, the Quinntets, and then go off on her own schemes that pit her against the Riddler and Big Barda. Along the way, a few detectives search for her, digging into her past.

I'm absolutely trying to find the rest of this series now. Pity it's so tough to find.
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I like Harley Quinn, the character. She's fun and an interesting foil to both Batman and, um, Mr. J. She is a terrific supporting character. As the lead, well, not so much for me.

The problem here is that despite lip service to her being a "brilliant" psychiatrist and much smarter than her persona, we never really see any evidence of it. Her adventures / scores may be wonderfully planned and thought out, but if so, we don't ever see any of that. And, frankly, a whole collection of bad puns doesn't help all too much.

A couple of the stories here are fun and entertaining - the book is not without its merits - but as a whole, meh.

Side note and soapbox: I get it that comics are fantasy and that they generally appeal to males, but jeebus, does EVERY female have to have enormous breasts, tiny waists, bubble bottoms and skin-tight (or non-existent) costumes. On every page. In every situation. Do not female characters ever sit around the house, or hideout, in baggy jeans and sweatshirts? They have to wear these painted on costumes at all times? Sheesh.

Okay - all done.
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Format: Hardcover
The plots are odd. The heroine tries to sabotage an amusement park, holds a slumber party meeting of Gotham's bad girls, and destroys Wayne Manor trying to rob it. The humor is pitch black. Murder is exceedingly common. Yet, in a strange way, this is truly great stuff. Mainly because it's a surreal story. We are being asked to pull for a character who isn't all there and who gleefully engages in destructive acts. Fans of the character from the animated series will find much to love here.
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