Review: Harley Quinn and Batman #1

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Harley’s sure she’s the best thing that ever happened to her puddin’, but the Joker treats her like just another henchperson. There’s only one thing to do: get the Batman involved!

Harley Quinn and Batman #1 is a short, but polished premiere issue from writer Ty Templeton. It is obvious from the cover alone that Harley is done with being Joker’s sidekick. Given his obsession with killing Batman, and the abuse, it’s kind of hard to blame her. That leads to Harley choosing to get back at him with sabotage and of course Batman. Yet, when Poison Ivy shows up, things become more exciting as she takes Batman, Nightwing, and Joker in her vines, as the issue ends. I’m curious to see how many other of Batman’s villains will appear as the series goes on, but from this start this digital comic packs in a lot of the major characters in Harley’s life.

The art style by Rick Burchett has a clear influence from Bruce Timm and the 90’s animated series. The comic feels like a continuation of the classic televisin series as several other shows and comics have done. Yet, even with an homage, Burchett manages to be a little more realistic and detailed.

This issue gives fans of the old show a serious dose of nostalgia.

Story: Ty Templeton Art: Rick Burchett
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review