In 1992, Harley Quinn was introduced in “Batman the Animated Series” as a one off sidekick for the Joker. But as the television series became a huge hit so did the Joker’s love interest/henchwoman. It was only inevitable that the playful, havoc wreaking Harley Quinn would find her way into the “Batman” comic books. Since the launch of DC Comics’ New 52, Harley has regularly appeared with the super villain group known as the “Suicide Squad.”
But now the bubbly face of psychotic anarchy is heading off on her own. Harley Quinn will star in her own comic series, “Harley Quinn,” written by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti with art by Chad Hardin. Hardin had a tough road to climb to get the job as seen in “Harley Quinn” #0 where he had to beat out 16 other artists to get the job.
With “Harley Quinn” #0, DC Comics provided the perfect introduction to the new series, and character. Written by Conner and Palmiotti the issue features the artwork of 17 different artists as Harley gets to choose who will draw the new monthly series. From industry legends like Jim Lee and Walter Simonson, to fan favorites like Art Baltazar, Sam Kieth, and Dan Panosian, to Harley’s co-creator Bruce Timm, each artist tackles a page of story.
The search for the artist is the overarching theme of “Harley Quinn” #0 with Conner and Palmiotti interacting with the fourth wall breaking Quinn as she says what she does and does not like about the various artists. The brilliance of the issue is that each page is able to stand on its own as a story within the story. Each artist showcases their unique style and ability as they “try-out” for the regular art gig.
Conner and Palmiotti are able to convey the fun loving tone of Harley Quinn while also showing off the villain’s love of destruction and sadistic mayhem. If “Harley Quinn” #0 is any indication the new series featuring the Joker’s gal pal is going to be a huge hit.
“Harley Quinn” #0 is a must read, you can find it at your local comic book retailer or read instantly through ComiXology.com.