Harley Quinn #0

DIG012676_2Harley Quinn #0. What can I say about this book?

I went in thinking it was pretty much DC’s attempt at Deadpool (and it is), but there was something about the journey in this book that was a lot of fun.

Seventeen artists “compete” for the job of illustrating Harley’s new series. Each page is done by one of the artists while Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti (the writers) converse with the Clown Princess of Crime.

It took me a bit to understand the flow between the writers and Harley, but once it clicked it was a lot of fun. Harley gives her opinion of each artist – which is a fairly decent list that includes pages by Charlie Adlard (The Walking Dead), Art Baltazar (Tiny Titans), Jim Lee (Superman Unchained), Bruce Timm (Batman: The Animated Series) and a slew of others.

Bouncing from artist to artist made the book more fun than I expected it to be, especially when artists like Baltazar and Timm showed up with their signature cartoon styles. It may have also distracted me from the story, which I must say, wasn’t strong… and probably wasn’t supposed to be.

The end of the book came pretty suddenly as Harley seems to wake from a dream, get a surprise from her special somebody (Mr. J) and gets an offer from an agent. It doesn’t give too clear of a direction for the series, but it does look like it could be fun.

In the end, I think I’m going to stick to Deadpool until Ms Quinzell proves herself.

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  1. I enjoyed the issue, and thought the rotating artists gag was a lot of fun. I read the first issue last night, and it was also enjoyable. The regular artist, Chad Hardin, is more than up to the task as his pencils are tight, he packs the pages with great gags, and he is able to convey the chaotic energy that is Harley onto the page.

    Conner and Palmiotti do a fine job of creating a ridiculous over the top world that is more ACME/LOONEY TUNES than it is standard DCNEW, and that’s all good. Like DEADPOOL fans I believe Harley fans know going into the story that they’re not getting a standard capes and tights book, but they are getting super hero/villain stories with a heavy dose of the three stooges and modern absurdity comedy. From sight gags, to a talking beaver Conner and Palmiotti just keep heaping on the crazy, the fun, and in the end the cool .

    This issue Harley packs up everything she owns and heads out to a piece of property she inherited in the last issue.

    It’s an amazing little four story with income generators built in, and a lovely living quarters that Harley seems to immediately enjoy. Unfortunately the income being generated isn’t enough to cover the mortgage and other outgoing financials.

    Harley needs to make some scratch.

    She heads out into the real world and takes on not one, but two jobs, and we see that at least one niche sports club in Kokomo (hello City of Fists) is about to have a new favorite comic book.

    Throw in an attempt to start rounding out her background cast, and an attempt on her life, and you have what I feel is a really well put together, albeit over the tip crazy, comic from the “fringe” of the DCNEW.

    That’s what I thought.

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