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Comic Review: Harley Quinn #0

Posted on November 21, 2013 at 6:19 am by Heather Antos

Harley Quinn

Written By: Amanda Conner & Jimmy Palmiotti

Artists Include: Jim Lee, Bruce Timm, Sam Keith, and many, many more!

Cover By: Amanda Conner & Paul Mounts

Published By: DC Comics





Dr. Harleen Quinzel, better known by her alias Harley Quinn, used to be one of Arkham Asylum’s finest psychiatrists. Used to be. Now, she roams the streets of Gotham causing violence and mayhem with little more than a girlish giggle and scream. And this time, she’s doing it in her very own monthly series by comic creating couple Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palimiotti.

I will be completely honest, when I first found out Harley Quinn #0 would be featuring seventeen different artists I was concerned. Nay! I was terrified for the fate of Miss Quinzel.

Boy, was I wrong!

Harley Quinn #0 is truly a treat for any comic book and comic book art fans, especially for longtime Harley fans! The zero issue opens to a page of Miss Quinzel laying amongst quite the assortment of candies and junk food. Not to mention she’s gotten herself quite the collection of comics lying about. She talks about how amazing it would be if she got her own story, and how cool it would be to get a comic all of her own.

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Well, Harley, you certainly got your wish!

Writing team (and married couple!) Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palimiotti really knocked it out of the park with Harley Quinn #0. I really wasn’t sure what to expect with this issue, but they certainly didn’t upset any expectations that I did have. Right off the bat the couple bring themselves on as characters in the issue, as Harley breaks the fourth wall and speaks to Conner and Palimiotti (with their response, of course!) about what artist would be best suited to draw her feminine figure.

DC Comics really outdid themselves to come up with the seventeen artists to appear in Harley Quinn #0 – including contest winner Sam Keith (a sample panel of his work can be seen below)! This book proves that the artists should never be underrated in any comic, as they – as much as any writer – can make or break the issue! Each artist  got their own page (or two) in the book to really showcase their style and their take on the infamous femme fatale. I was only slightly surprised that the controversial picture of the suicidal Harley in a bathtub not included, though I can’t blame DC after all the bad media it had caused.

However, the question remains: Who will be Harley Quinn’s artist?


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I suppose we’ll have to patiently wait for issue #1 to come out in December for that piece of information.

All in all, Harley Quinn #0 was fun. It was a perfect “zero” issue – introducing us to our starring character, while still giving a taste of what to come!  It’s definitely leading me to believe this is going to be one of the darkest and most entertaining series for DC Comics to date. And I personally cannot wait until December 18th for Harley Quinn #1 to see what sort of trouble our lovely leading lady gets herself into next!

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    • The contest winner was Jeremy Roberts, who is introduced in the issue as a newcomer, even though he has been doing work for major comics publishers for several years.

      • Jim Lee

        He’s buddy buddy with Jim Lee… the contest was a farce…

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