Review: Part 1
Harley Quinn is back and better than ever in The New 52: Harley Quinn comics! Recovering from a bad break up with the Joker, Harley's looking for a new job and a new life. After finding out she inherited a building to reside in, Harley moves to Coney Island for a fresh start and a new adventure. All is swell for Harley, until every big bounty hunter from Brooklyn is out to get her and she doesn't know who's behind it!
This is Harley's first solo comic book adventure in DC Comic's, The New 52 universe. Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti (commonly known as DC's favorite married comic couple) provide fantastic and detailed art, hilarious story-lines, witty dialogue, and gorgeous exterior and interior cover art. Volume 1: Hot In The City, (collecting issues #0-8) was impossible to put down! This volume was loaded with action, explosions, combat fighting, extreme roller derby, and cute fuzzy animals?
To start off with this review, I have to say how content I am with Harley's character in this volume. She's cute, quirky, insane, and you can't help but love her, just don't get on her bad side. This is her first comic series where she is independent and and doesn't rely on the Joker to make decisions for her. However, it's still shown periodically throughout the comics that she still thinks about her puddin' from time to time. We get to see how Harley thinks, feels, and reacts, which is great because readers can learn and understand more about her complex character.
Harley's Gets A Makeover
In this new series, Harley Quinn gets a new makeover which holds a lot of controversy for true Harley fans. There are two major changes with her character which revolve around her appearance. In this comic version of Harley, Harley has permanent bleached skin and her black and red hair. She puts on makeup and a wig to look like average therapist Dr. Harleen Quinzel. In the older version of comics, she was therapist Dr. Harleen Quinzel by day and put on makeup and her jester outfit to be the infamous Harley Quinn.
The other controversial change about Harley in this comic version is her outfit. This Harley Quinn wears a corset top, shorts, and knee high socks in her signature colors, red and black. The older version of Harley Quinn wore a full red and black jester suit. Some fans are finding Harley's new look as an unnecessary sexual portrayal. Here's what one reader had to say,
The clothes and style in which Harley herself is drawn in (by Amanda Conner) portray her in her more sexual variant.
To be quite honest, I look at her two looks differently. Readers have to remember that in the older version Harley Quinn was Dr. Quinzel's alter ego. Harley Quinn used to work with the Joker as his sidekick causing mischief and mayhem.
In this version, she is Harley Quinn and Dr. Quinzel is her new alter ego. She still sticks with her signature colors and swings around her giant mallet, but she's moved on from her side kick days with "Mistah J". I think her look is new and fresh, just how Harley is starting her new life.
Stay tuned for Part 2 Puddin's!
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