Review of Batman: Harley Quinn

Batman: Harley Quinn by Paul Dini

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Confession time: I’ve danced around picking up this collection. Knowing the timeline in which the comics fit, I assumed I’d feel animosity towards the writers (no offense, Mr. Dini). I didn’t want to pick up a book full of Harley pining over Joker. And the original Batman arc fell into that category (to my knowledge, anyway).

But a girl needs a complete collection, right? (And you can’t allow preconceptions to rule your life)

I’m glad I took the chance. Oh, sure, the original Harley Quinn’s there. But so’s the determined wit and brilliance. Angles I’ve never seen. The groundwork for the independent Harley lay within the pages. You get a chance to see where later writers and artists would take the character. And you can appreciate that she wasn’t always a lovesick sidekick.

Although, I’m sorry, I can’t take her seriously as a blonde. (Am I the only one?)

I probably SHOULD have split this into two nights, but I couldn’t set it down. Between the phenomenal artwork (always a plus) and the grin-inducing writing, I stayed up past all common sense to finish the book. And I tip my hat to the creative teams.

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Author: Andria Kennedy

I speak the thoughts rattling around in my brain, sharing topics I think other people want and should hear (or are afraid to talk about themselves). I bring my personality and quirky state of mind to everything I write; serious topics shouldn't be devoid of humor. That includes my blog and freelance work (part of my charm). I've been writing for as long as I can remember. It's a source of solace and enjoyment for me. I'm lucky enough to call what I love my career - so it's NOT work! I live in Virginia with the Minions (four cats and a Greyhound) and my wonderful husband, who ensures I stay fed - no cereal for dinner - and as close to sane as I can get.

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