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Stjepan's art is very unique in its own way as it is characterized by painting-like graphics which are usually digitally altered with Photoshop and other visual softwares. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
- File Size : 190944 KB
- Publication Date : February 11, 2020
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print Length : 200 pages
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B0848SRH4Q
- Publisher : DC; Illustrated edition (February 11, 2020)
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- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #21,900 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I could write more about how great this book is, but do yourself a favor and buy it. Especially since it is now in a collection, with an amazing cover/sleeve combo.
Also, as side note, DC if you want to make a good follow up to Joker, make this into a movie!!!!
I wanted to say that this was a great book. The dust jacket is plastic, so there's no need to worry about damaging it. The whole book is pretty.
My only complaints are the typos, of which there are far too many, and the font size/picture size are way too small to comfortably read for long periods, especially in the extras in the back (which can be impossibly small). The story is fleshed out well, and there's none of the "male gaze" sexism in the artwork. There's no queerbaiting from the Joker, either, which is nice to see. Very nice to see.
I like how their relationship grew, and how the story ended. I won't go too far into it, because I don't want to spoil anybody, but this was done so well that I didn't notice any abusive elements. Harley made her own choices, even if they were mainly to follow her heart. I thought it was a great read just in time for Valentine's Day, and unlike most opposite-sex relationships in fiction, this was believable and not written purely to titilate or to make the woman into an empty sex doll of a person. To those who need to know, there's nothing rapey in this, it's 100000% consensual.
Harley was written well, and so was everybody else. This was the best comic book version of the Joker I've ever read. He was pretty, too, and not nightmare-inducing... At least not for the reader. 😏
Really loved this book, glad i waited for it to come out in trade so that i can drool over the variant covers that have been collected at the end and also, i was lucky enough to be able to get and enhanced cover edition. I love it when by the end of story you just have a big "OOOHHH.... THAT'S WHY" in regards to design choices. Goes to show the thought that goes into details and quality. Just awesome. Harley fan? Get this. Like stories that go a little more into psychological character study? Get this. Want a HQ origin story in the likes of Killing Joke, perhaps? Get this. Though, for me, (AND THIS IS TOTALLY OUT OF PERSONAL PREFERENCE) This Harleen book is so much better than Killing Joke. Left me less confused, more satisfied and pleasantly surprised.
Professionally struggling psychiatrist Dr. Harleen Quinzel doesn’t know what to do with her career as her theory on the suppression of empathy for too long as part of the flight or fight response results in losing it and being mentally unbalanced. After a failed grant presentation and a late night of drinking her disappointment away, Harleen is walking home when she suddenly finds herself at gunpoint across from The Joker only for Batman to save her. The next day she is surprised when Lucius Fox gives her a grant from the Wayne Foundation to pursue research on her theory at Arkham Asylum. Harleen interviews the inmates, a who’s who of Batman’s rogue’s gallery, except Joker until she breaks down and does so. All throughout this time, she can’t sleep which is affecting her perception and thinking. The Joker quickly realizes she’s his ticket out and through his contacts gets her research to manipulate her in the future. But Harleen’s theory doesn’t sit well with Harvey Dent who wants her to quit, which she refuses and days later he is attacked with acid to the face. But the mob boss who attacked him is kidnapped by rogue police officers who execute him and release the video though it shows Batman and Robin coming in at the end. The arrival of “the Executioners” seems to make the Joker’s interviews stand out and she focuses on him for her research, though he has nothing to do with the rogue officers. Dent recovers though the acid also caused brain damage, ironically taking away his empathy, and he publicly derides the failures of the system which makes the Executioners come to him looking for instructions. Dent’s plan is to release the inmates of either Arkham or Blackgate Prison to cause havoc in Gotham City to make the general pubic allow for literally executing offenders. The coin toss lands in favor of Arkham and they stage a raid on the Asylum to release the inmates, but once free Joker tells his fellow inmates that the Executioners are there to kill them which sets them off on a rampage on their rescuers. Harleen rushing into the Asylum to find Joker, not only her patient but now lover, kills a security guard to save Joker’s life then has a mental breakdown as a result and becomes Harley.
Sejic did a wonderful job in building upon the foundations that Paul Dini and Bruce Timm laid in Batman: The Animated Series of Harley Quinn/Harleen Quinzel’s origin as Joker’s doctor to his henchwoman-lover. Taking advantage of the DC Black Label’s adult focus imprint, Sejic shows how Harleen’s slow mental spiral between reality and a living dream/nightmare develops throughout the book including a stunning final page that brings things into clear focus. Sejic includes references to previous incarnations of Joker in various Batman media adaptations now and again as nods to the past, which do not distract from the main story adds to the enjoyment of fans of the franchise. As a longtime fan of Sejic’s art, the book showcases it magnificently and frankly I wanted to go back through ignoring the text and study every panel again.
Harleen is the story of an earnest, dedicated psychiatrist slowly through her own actions and skillful manipulation of her patient joins those she wanted to help. Stjepan Sejic’s wonderfully written and amazing drawn story is a must get for anyone that is a fan of the character or a fan of a well-constructed origin story.
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As ever, Stjepan makes unconventional attractions relatable and emotional whilst still feeling grounded - Harleen's gradual loss of touch with reality and falling in love with the Joker has time to breathe, whilst we're given enough of Joker's past manipulations to make his facade for Harleen apparent without making her look stupid.
Poison Ivy stands out with the roots of their friendship/romance (depending on continuity) set up well in this origin story, with plenty of other Batman villains making cameos. Harvey Dent's also set up in the story to provide antagonism for Harleen's rehabilative drives and to give her more of an impetus to cross line after line in her sessions with the Joker.
I couldn't ask for a novel that better sums up her character
A big 5 stars to Amazon as well for the best price out there (it's a big high quality cover volume including the three parts), and arriving in just one day, I was expecting it to come next week.
Super happy with this purchase!
The story is intelligently written and the art is simply gorgeous. Not that this comes as any surprise, given Sejic' work on the outstanding Sunstone, but even so the book oozes class, from the exceptional dustcover to the very last page.
Read it or regret it.