Weekend Binge: No Good Deed Kicks Off a New Era for Harley Quinn

Harley Quinn is again in Gotham for good! No, actually, she’s leaving the Joker and her outdated life behind and making an attempt to do good.

“Trying” being the operative phrase.

Her ongoing solo collection relaunched in 2021 after the occasions of “The Joker War,” which left Gotham City feeling extra unstable than ever. Can Harley Quinn assist repair the town when her outdated buddies have been those who shattered it?

The first quantity of Harley Quinn from Stephanie Phillips and Riley Rossmo is a colorfully chaotic assortment of Harley’s efforts to show over a new leaf. And contemplating that the quantity concludes with a one-issue journey with Catwoman that shouldn’t be missed, I’d say that Harley Quinn Vol. 1: No Good Deed is the purr-fect weekend binge. (That’s the one pun in right here, I promise.)

The Premise:

Gotham City is in shambles after the Joker, Punchline and their legion of loyal clowns ran rampant within the streets in the course of the Joker’s warfare on Batman. They left solely destruction of their wake. The Joker was finally defeated, however Batman can nonetheless use all the assistance he can get to maintain the peace—even when meaning teaming up with one Dr. Harleen Quinzel. Well, she thinks they’re teaming up. He’s largely simply tolerating her.

When Dr. Hugo Strange is appointed by the mayor to move up Gotham’s rehabilitation efforts, Harley is aware of there’s one thing shady occurring. But can a former baddie ever be trusted to be one of many good guys?

Let’s Talk Talent:

Stephanie Phillips has written Harley Quinn tie-ins and one-shots alongside Harley’s solo collection and penned two sensational problems with Sensational Wonder Woman that led to a longer Wonder Woman miniseries, Wonder Woman: Evolution. Her creative cohort in crime, Riley Rossmo, re-designed Harley Quinn’s costume for this collection with a well-balanced mix of her traditional and cinematic seems. His riotous type, which appears to defy the legal guidelines of gravity (and probably the legal guidelines of Gotham), lends itself completely to Harley Quinn as a character. Rossmo, a veteran artist for DC, is presently engaged on the brand new Tim Drake: Robin solo collection.

A bonus comedian within the assortment, “New Roots” from Batman: Urban Legends #1, is a story from Stephanie Phillips and Laura Braga that takes place previous to the primary story. Braga, who additionally stepped in because the artist for problem #6, illustrated the Maid of Mischief in DC Comics Bombshells and Harley & Ivy Meet Betty & Veronica.

A Few Reasons to Read:

  • Kevin. Just all the things about Kevin. Once a member of the clowns inflicting chaos within the Joker’s identify, this common Joe Kevin can also be making an attempt to make amends. But with a tattoo of the Joker emblazoned on his face, escaping his previous received’t be straightforward. Harley is there to assist him by way of it. While it’s troublesome to deem Kevin “innocent,” his expertise illuminates why a seemingly regular man would select to comply with somebody as irrational because the Joker.
     
  • Harley’s interior dialogue. Harley Quinn has an uncanny notion in relation to individuals—together with herself. With a PhD in psychology, she’s fiercely clever and he or she is aware of it. When Harley turns her focus inward, she has no illusions about who she is and what she’s carried out. It’s a sensible use of the character that results in insights you may not have thought of in any other case.
     
  • A pep discuss from Solomon Grundy. Seriously, that occurs. Not solely is Harley unbothered by the hulking zombie who calls the sewers dwelling, she’s snug sufficient to speak to him about her issues. (You know you’re having a dangerous day once you go to Solomon Grundy for recommendation.) Mr. Born on a Monday provides some surprisingly helpful counsel.

Why It’s Worth Your Time:

Harley Quinn is fearless, however by no means heartless. Her good intentions might be felt in each panel. Ms. Quinn is her finest self when she’s freed from the Joker and this primary quantity of her solo collection highlights it. The bonus tales as an alternative crew her up with Poison Ivy (swoon!) and Catwoman, and Harley thrives with each.

While Harley will in all probability by no means attain the rank of “superhero,” it’s as a result of she chooses to be her personal form of hero as an alternative—an unpredictable, impulsive and risky hero, positive, however a hero nonetheless. If you’re trying to liven issues up, a weekend binge with Harley Quinn is a assured option to do it, particularly with this month marking the character’s thirtieth Anniversary.
 

Harley Quinn: No Good Deed by Stephanie Phillips, Riley Rossmo, Ivan Plascencia and Deron Bennett is accessible in bookstores, comedian outlets, libraries and on DC UNIVERSE INFINITE.

Kelly Knox writes about all-ages comics and animation for DCComics.com and her writing may also be seen on IGN, Nerdist and extra. Follow her on Twitter at @kelly_knox to speak superheroes, comics and popular culture.

NOTE: The views and opinions expressed on this function are solely these of Kelly Knox and don’t essentially mirror these of DC Entertainment or Warner Bros.

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