Review of Mariko Tamaki’s HARLEY QUINN: BREAKING GLASS

Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass by Mariko Tamaki

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I bow down to Ms. Tamaki (and Mr. Pugh) for their sheer genius. If I could have combated my drooping eyelids and lax fingertips, the book never would have left my hands. (That’ll teach me to start something new in the wee hours of the night)

By now, I’ve encountered plenty of iterations of Harley’s tale. This one? It ranks at the top of the list. There’s nothing to fault! Every character offers so many dimensions (and endless possibilities for explorations – are you listening DC Ink?), every last one believable. They’ve turned the comic book genre on its head, bringing it into a real-world scenario that’s still appealing to anyone looking for an escape from the drudges of their ordinary life. And the fourth wall that isn’t a fourth wall? (Or is it?) Love it!

This is the Harley Quinn everyone wants to idolize and become. (And can I take a moment to say ADORE the costume, Mr. Pugh) My only complaint was running out of pages. A hundred (200, 300) more still wouldn’t have been enough.


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