DC Comics gives Harley Quinn her own book, written by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti
Harley Quinn will be getting her own ongoing comic book series. DC Comics has announced that later this year, the character will star in a new solo book, representing the first time that Harley Quinn has had her own series since DC’s New 52 reboot. While an artist hasn’t yet been announced, the series will be written by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti.
While this will be Harley Quinn’s first solo book since the advent of DC’s New 52 back in September 2011, it’s the second time that she’s starred in her own series. Back in 2001, DC launched the first ongoing Harley Quinn series. That book ran until 2003 and spanned thirty-eight issues. The series came to an end with Harley admitting herself into Arkham Asylum, understanding that she was in need of psychiatric help.
This new Harley Quinn ongoing comic book was first announced over at Comic Book Resources. In an interview given there, co-writer Amanda Conner talked a bit about Harley’s new look (as seen in the artwork above), saying…
I am trying to incorporate my favorite things about her latest look and her early costume. I was also inspired by some roller derby girls that I met a short time ago. I think that look totally works for Harley. Another thing I try to keep in mind is what would work really well for costumers and cosplayers, and what would be fun for them to create. One of my favorite things at a comic convention is seeing people dressed up in something that just started out as a thought in my head. Lastly, I always put the character in something that I wish I could run around in all the time.
Adding to that, Jimmy Palmiotti spoke about the perspective that he and Conner will be presenting to the audience with the new series…
She is the hero in her own story. What happens, who gets killed, what house gets burned down and so on, well, thats just part of her story. She looks at the world differently and we will be building on that and looking even closer on her past and what makes her tick. There are so many layers to this fantastic character that we cannot wait to explore.
While DC has said that Harley Quinn #1 will be making its debut “later this year”, no exact time has yet been provided. It’s likely that it will launch sometime after the events of the upcoming Forever Evil event, meaning we could see it sometime around the October/November timeframe. With the San Diego Comic Convention kicking off this week, it’s likely we’ll be getting more details shortly. As more news does become available, I’ll be sure to pass it along.
What are your thoughts on Harley Quinn and her new comic book series?
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