Review: Harley Quinn 25th Anniversary Special #1

Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner are back on the scene to kick off he first take in this super fun, super sized, four story issue celebrating Harley, Harley Quinn 25th Anniversary Special #1. We are treated to a bevy of talented writers and artist and, despite the diverse writing and art styles, cover to cover Harley Quinn 25th is an interesting and fun exploration into Harley’s most interesting relationships. In “Diva Las Vegas” we get a glimpse into a girls road trip featuring Harley, Catwoman and Poison Ivy where they stop a robbery and destroy some stuff with a huge party. We then get a history of Harley’s birthdays and some slight Joker interaction where we get a sweet wink into her relationship with Ivy. The third story is another fun adventure with Ivy and the issue wraps up with a Harley vs Robin fight where Robin gets to be a hero and Harley does something unexpected.

There are some amazing artists lending a hand in this issue using various but, somehow cohesive styles. Paul Mounts and Dave Sharpe make the colors and art pop in “Diva Las Vegas,” Chad Hardin and Alex Sinclair give some pop style art to the Paul Dini written “Birthday Blues,” David Lafuente and John Rauch provide the muted tones and throwback art for the Daniel Kibblesmith penned “Somewhere That’s Green” story and Chip “Zdark Knight” Zdarsky‘s “Bird Psychology” gets an artist assist from Joe Quinones who served us some simple but, aesthetically pleasing characters and detailed backdrops.

Overall, this issue is a fun read for Harley fans. There’s some nice girl powered storylines, a glimpse into Harley and Joker, a view into her turning point where we remember the complex nature of our favorite antihero. It’s a hella fun ride and I think that everyone should get in on the action for some great stories that are short, sweet, and packed full of Harley Quinn goodness.

Story: Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Chip Zdarsky, Paul Dini, Daniel Kibblesmih Art: Joe Quinones, Paul Mounts, Dave Sharpe, David Lafuente , John Rauch, Chad Hardin, Alex Sinclair
Story: 8.9 Art: 8.8 Overall: 8.8 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review