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Preview: Invincible Red Sonja #3

Invincible Red Sonja #3

writer: Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner
artist: Moritat
covers: Amanda Conner (A), Joseph Michael Linsner (B), Celina (C) Frank Cho “Outrage” (D), Dominica Cosplay Variant (E), Carla Cohen (RI), Amanda Conner (RI/Line Art), Dominica Cosplay Variant (RI/Virgin), Joseph Michael Linsner (RI/ Line Art), Carla Cohen (RI/Virgin), Amanda Conner (RI/Line Art Virgin), Joseph Michael Linsner (RI/Line Art Virign)
FC | 32 pages | Sword and Sorcery | $3.99 | Teen+

JIMMY PALMIOTTI, AMANDA CONNER and MORITAT get their sadism on as the huntress becomes the hunted! Sonja’s on the trail of the Crown of Erkhara and the scoundrel who pilfered it, but her quest is complicated by a bounty on her head and a wave of assassins eager to collect! Heavy is the head that wears the bounty, as the She-Devil with a Sword is about to find out!

Invincible Red Sonja #3

Get a Look at Crush & Lobo #1 Including New Covers by Khary Randolph, Sweeney Boo, and more!

Crush & Lobo by Mariko Tamaki, Amancay Nahuelpan, Tamra Bonvillain, and Ariana Maher, spinning out of the pages of Teen Titans Academy, will debut on June 1 with a cover by Kris Anka, a Pride variant cover by Yoshi Yoshitani, a 1:25 ratio variant by Christian Ward, plus an exclusive Dan Hipp team variant for participating retailers. In this new eight-issue miniseries publishing between June 2021 and January 2022, Crush, daughter of the Czarnian bounty hunter Lobo, is in full-on self-destruct mode!

Like father, like daughter?

Scroll down for a first look into Crush & Lobo#1, covers by Dan Mora, Amanda Conner, Bernard Chang, Khary Randolph, Sweeney Boo, and more!

And in case anyone was wondering, Crush is doing just fine, actually. Sure, she recently walked away from her classmates at the Roy Harper Titans Academy and effectively quit being a Teen Titan in a blaze of glory. And okay, her relationship with her too-good-to-be-true girlfriend Katie is kind of on the rocks, if you want to get all technical about it. Oh, and she recently found out Lobo’s in space jail, but that’s cool, because he’s the worst. OKAY, maybe Crush has some STUFF, but that doesn’t mean she’s gonna DO anything about it, like actually go to space and confront her dad and all her problems, because everything is FINE…Right?

And in issue #2 of this new miniseries, if there’s anything Crush knows, it’s that traveling through space is a great time to load up on coffee, catch up on murder podcasts, and definitely not get sucked into a spiral of depression while reflecting on your meet-cute with the ex-girlfriend who just dumped you. When Crush’s trusty travel mug runs dry, a pit stop for caffeine puts Lobo’s daughter face to face with an old enemy whose vicious revenge could put an end to her journey — when it’s only just barely begun! Tick tock, Crush…your father’s waiting.

Add Crush & Lobo to your pull list to see Lobo’s best daughter come face to face with the DC Multiverse’s worst dad! And is ex-girlfriend Katie completely out of the picture for Crush?? Dramaaaaa! All this and more are coming for Crush between June 2021 and January 2022!!

ComiXology Features 13 New Digital Comics including Fantastic Four as well as Gatecrasher from Palmiotti, Waid, and Conner!

It’s a packed Thursday at comiXology with thirteen new digital comics available right now. Start shopping or check out the individual issues below.

Fantastic Four Vol. 2: Unthinkable

Written by Mark Waid
Art by Mike Wieringo
Cover by Paolo Rivera
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Collects Fantastic Four (1998) #67-70, 500-502.

Doctor Doom, the greatest villain the Marvel Universe has ever known, and the most personal and persistent nemesis the Fantastic Four has ever encountered, rises again! But this time, something is different about the Lord of Latveria, as his strategy strikes at the heart of the first family of super heroes, forcing Reed Richards to contemplate doing…the unthinkable!

Fantastic Four Vol. 2: Unthinkable

Fantastic Four Vol. 3: Authoritative Action

Written by Mark Waid
Art by Howard Porter
Cover by Tom Feister, Tony Harris
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Collects Fantastic Four (1998) #503-508.

It seemed like a simple enough idea at the time: Now that their arch enemy Doctor Doom had seemingly perished, the Fantastic Four would journey into his nation of Latveria, disassemble its war machine and set its oppressed citizens free. But what appeared a black and white situation quickly turns a murky shade of gray, and Reed Richards and his family find themselves besieged on all sides, both by those they thought of as their allies, and by the very people they were trying to save!

Fantastic Four Vol. 3: Authoritative Action

Fantastic Four Vol. 4: Hereafter

Written by Mark Waid
Art by Mike Wieringo
Cover by Mike Wieringo
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Collects Fantastic Four (1998) #509-513.

Having embarked on the ultimate journey, Reed, Sue and Johnny must contend with the defenses of the afterlife – and storm the gates of Heaven itself to rescue their fallen teammate. They’ve faced the destroyer of everything, Galactus. Now, they face the creator of everything, as the Fantastic Four are reunited in the Hereafter. Plus: The FF have a lot to answer for in the aftermath of their authoritative action in Latveria – and when you’re trying to regain the trust of cynical New Yorkers, is associating with a certain misunderstood wall-crawler really a wise move?

Fantastic Four Vol. 4: Hereafter

Fantastic Four Vol. 5: Disassembled

Written by Karl Kesel, Mark Waid
Art by Paco Medina, Mike Wieringo
Cover by Paco Medina
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Collects Fantastic Four (1998) #514-519.

Manhattan is cut off from the rest of the world by a fleet of miles-high alien spacecraft -and that’s just the beginning! With the Avengers in disarray, New York reluctantly turns to the disenfranchised Fantastic Four, the only heroes in town, to save them – but where to even start? And which member of the team will make a decision that will radically change the Fantastic Four for some time to come? Plus: Witness the genesis of an all-new, all-twisted Frightful Four!

Fantastic Four Vol. 5: Disassembled

Gatecrasher Vol. 1 #1 (of 4)

Written by Jimmy Palmiotti, Mark Waid
Pencils Amanda Conner
Inks Jimmy Palmiotti
Colored by Paul Mounts
Cover by Amanda Conner
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Join the galaxy’s newest unique hero as he discovers villains beyond belief, worlds beyond imagination and women beyond his means! All of this excitement is written by the award-winning Mark Waid, lavishly illustrated by comic goddess Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti.

Gatecrasher Vol. 1 #1 (of 4)

Gatecrasher Vol. 1 #2 (of 4)

Written by Jimmy Palmiotti, Mark Waid
Pencils Amanda Conner
Inks Jimmy Palmiotti
Colored by Paul Mounts
Cover by Amanda Conner
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Let other guys duke it out over truth and justice? Gatecrasher’s fighting for the fate of the entire friggin’ UNIVERSE. There’s only one thing our hero can do to save the world?but the permanent cost to both him and the Split-Second Squad will be staggering! All of this excitement is written by the award-winning Mark Waid, lavishly illustrated by comic goddess Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti.

Gatecrasher Vol. 1 #2 (of 4)

Gatecrasher Vol. 1 #3 (of 4)

Written by Jimmy Palmiotti, Mark Waid
Pencils Amanda Conner
Inks Jimmy Palmiotti
Colored by Paul Mounts
Cover by Amanda Conner
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Graduation day, and Alec Wagner wants only one thing. The valedictorian slot? An Honor Society scholarship? A bright future in computer software? Are you kidding? He wants to party like it’s his last day on Earth ? and if certain forces have their way it may well be! Chicks, booze, fast cars, faster women… hey, is the room spinning, or is it just Alec? All of this excitement is written by the award-winning Mark Waid, lavishly illustrated by comic goddess Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti.

Gatecrasher Vol. 1 #3 (of 4)

Gatecrasher Vol. 1 #4 (of 4)

Written by Jimmy Palmiotti, Mark Waid
Pencils Amanda Conner
Inks Jimmy Palmiotti
Colored by Paul Mounts
Cover by Joe Linsner
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Fourth down and half-naked! A showdown on the fifty-yard line and Hazard’s wardrobe is only the first thing to go! Meanwhile, our hero finally learns why everyone in the universe is gunning for him-and the answer will change his life forever! Plus, will ex-girlfriend Mia finally squeeze Alec’s head until it pops? All of this excitement is written by the award-winning Mark Waid, lavishly illustrated by comic goddess Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti.

Gatecrasher Vol. 1 #4 (of 4)

La Demande en Mariage de la Demoiselle D’honneur

Written by Rebecca Winters
Art by Tomoko Takakura
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Reese est décidée à cacher ses pleurs et à partir sur une note positive. Sur les conseils de sa tante maintenant décédée, Reese est devenue une actrice populaire de soap-opéra. Cependant, dû au fait qu’elle soit tombée éperdument amoureuse d’Alex, l’homme qui l’accompagne à l’écran, elle décide de mettre définitivement terme à sa carrière d’actrice. Peu importe le nombre de fois où ils s’embrassent et s’étreignent, rien ne se passe une fois que les caméras s’arrêtent de tourner. C’est parce qu’Alex a une petite amie secrète. Et de toute façon, Reese sait que les relations entre acteur et actrice ne se finissent jamais bien. Mais, alors qu’elle se prépare à tout laisser derrière elle avec le sourire, Alex l’arrête et lui demande une faveur… Reese sera-t-elle capable de dire non à l’homme qu’elle aime ?

La Demande en Mariage de la Demoiselle D'honneur

THE ARGENTINE’S PRICE(colored version)

Written by Maisey Yates
Art by Yoshiko Hanatsu
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Vanessa’s first love, first kiss and first heartbreak all came courtesy of Lazaro Marino. She’s the only daughter of a distinguished family in Boston, and when she was sixteen, she met Lazaro. He worked at her family’s mansion, and she fell in love with him at first sight. He was from South America, and two years older than her, and she was head over heels for him. However, their love did not last long. The night they first kissed, he suddenly vanished. Twelve years later, they’ll meet again, under circumstances she could never have imagined. But was their reunion just the beginning of his revenge?※This work is originally colored.

THE ARGENTINE'S PRICE(colored version)

Tilly Of Tap House

Written by Carol Wood
Art by Satomi Tsuya
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By day, Tilly works diligently at Doctor Tapper’s medical clinic as his assistant, and cares for three orphaned children by night. Her busy life is interrupted one day, when Doctor Tapper’s nephew Harry drops by.

Harry is handsome and capable. As a doctor himself, he takes over the clinic when Doctor Tapper takes ill. His fancy, new-fangled ways don’t sit well with the patients in the poor neighborhood.

As Tilly works closely with Harry, she finds herself torn between tradition and innovation, effectivity and kindness…

Tilly Of Tap House

Greek’s Last Redemption

Written by Caitlin Crews
Art by Karan Dan
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On her travels to Santorini, Holly met a man of unprecedented beautyt – Theo, a man of the Greek shipping industry – and was lovestruck. They fell for each other and got married in a flash, but Holly was tried of living fear of being a dumped by her playboy husband, so she confessed that she had gone to bed with someone else and left him. Now, after four years of separation, she is finally filing for divorce for one reason or another. But then Theo makes an unexpected proposal. She wants to reunite with him in Barcelona, where they spent a hot honeymoon…

Greek's Last Redemption

The Matriarch

Written by Robert Richardson
Art by Robert Richardson
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Career woman. Single mother. Superhero. Sherry Benning knew having a baby would change her life. She didn’t know it would change the world. As Leviathan City’s star super-heroine the Matriarch, Sherry tries to balance work and home-life against a backdrop of friends, foes, and potential love-interests; aggressive alien thoughts made manifest deep within the earth; an entire army of monsters and villains; and a secret so startling it could mean the end of the world as we’ve known it…and the beginning of something entirely new.

The Matriarch

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Scarlet Witch, Magik, and Moore Get the Spotlight on Women of Marvel #1 Covers

This April, Women of Marvel #1 will spotlight iconic characters from the X-Men to the Avengers in a collection of tales by an all-female lineup of incredible talent from throughout the entertainment industry. And today on International Women’s Day, Marvel hasrevealed new variant covers and share more details about the incredible special.

Women of Marvel #1 will be packed with inspiring tales from new and established creators including Louise Simonson, Nadia Shammas, Elsa Sjunneson, Sophie Campbell, Anne Toole, Natasha Alterici, and Mariko Tamaki. In addition, acclaimed Brooklyn Brujas author Zoraida Córdova will be making her Marvel Comics debut with an action-packed story about the deadliest woman in the galaxy, Gamora! Joined by Swedish artist Maria Fröhlich – also making her Marvel debut – Zoraida puts Gamora in the crosshairs of her most lethal enemy yet: love. With astonishing art from Kei Zama, Eleonora Carlini, Skylar Patridge, Joanna Estep, Maria Fröhlich, Peach Momoko, Rachael Stott, Nina Vakueva, Marika Cresta, and June Brigman, this oversized issue will be a spectacular showcase of some of the most amazing talent in the graphic novel industry today.

Check out variant covers by Amanda Conner, Maria Wolf, and Peach Momoko. Stay tuned for more news about this highly-anticipated one-shot and don’t miss Women of Marvel #1 when it hits stands on April 21st!

Batman and Fortnite Come Together for a Six-Issue Miniseries. Free on DC Universe Infinite

The worlds of comic books and video games collide on April 20, 2021, as DC and Epic Games have announced that the world of Fortnite and Batman are coming together in Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point. Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point is a six-issue miniseries that combines the Dark Knight and other DC Super Heroes with the global gaming phenomenon.

Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point arrives in comic book stores and on participating digital platforms Tuesday, April 20, 2021. Subsequent issues will ship twice monthly beginning in May (May 4/May 18) and June (June 1/June 15), with a single issue concluding the series on July 6. Each issue sells for $4.99, with the card stock variant cover versions available for $5.99.

Each print issue of Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point will include a redeemable code for bonus DC-themed Fortnite digital items, inspired by the events in the comic, starting with the new Rebirth Harley Quinn Outfit. US Subscribers to DC Universe Infinite will receive the series for free, including the bonus digital codes. Fans who redeem all six codes will also unlock a new Armored Batman Zero Outfit for their Fortnite character.

Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point will also launch in print day and date (including the item codes), published in the native languages of the following territories: Germany, Italy, Mexico, Brazil, Spain, and the Czech Republic.

Written by Christos Gage with concept and story consultation from Chief Creative Officer of Epic, Donald Mustard, this miniseries features art by Reilly Brown, Christian Duce,  Nelson DeCastro, and John Kalisz. The main cover for issue #1 main cover is provided by Mikel Janín and the variant cover by Kenneth Rocafort. Mustard will also provide premium variant covers for each issue of the series (check local comic shops for availability), and future variant covers will be provided by an impressive lineup of artistic talent, including Arthur Adams, Jim Lee, Amanda Conner, and others.

A crack splits the sky above Gotham City… a tear in reality itself. This rift pulls the Dark Knight into a bizarre and unfamiliar world, with no memory of who he is or where he came from…Batman has been drawn into Fortnite!

As he fights to recall his past and escape an endless loop of chaos and struggle, he’ll come face-to-face with the likes of Renegade Raider, Fishstick, Bandolier, and more. While the world’s greatest detective strives to make sense of this strange new world, he’ll uncover the shocking truth about the Island, what lies beyond the Loop, and how everything is connected to the mysterious Zero Point.

Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point uncovers secrets never before revealed in-game or anywhere else! Every fan of Batman, Fortnite, stunning art and edge-of-your-seat excitement won’t want to miss the Caped Crusader facing off against Fortnite champions on the Island, in a desperate attempt to save not only himself, but other familiar faces from the DCU…and perhaps the Multiverse itself!

It’s Blondie: Against the Odds from Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, John McCrea, and Z2

Blondie: Against the Odds

Legendary New York fashion and music icons Blondie have announced their partnership with Z2 Comics to produce their first-ever graphic novel! Inspired by some of their most iconic tracks, along with a few “deep cuts,” this book is sure to deserve a place on the bookshelf of every music fan.

Blondie’s rise to international acclaim from the downtown Manhattan club scene is perhaps one punk rock’s greatest success stories. Their first-ever graphic novel will follow their rise from the streets of New York to the stages of the world, as told through and inspired by some of their early singles up through their enduring influence and cultural prominence in the present day. Written by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti, the team behind the most celebrated run on the beloved DC Comics character Harley Quinn, and pulling in Palmiotti’s own memories of his childhood spent in the New York punk rock and new wave scene surrounded by folks like Andy Warhol, David Bowie and Fab 5 Freddie at venues like Max’s Kansas City, CBGB’s and the Mudd Club. With his insight and Amanda’s mutual love of the music and styles of the time, this will be an essential visual document for any music fan to treasure.

Blondie: Against the Odds is written by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti and features art by John McCrea, as well as a cover by Conner and her longtime colorist Paul Mounts, and is available for preorder now for a fall release in softcover and hardcover editions at finer comic shops, book and record stores worldwide. Exclusively available through Z2’s website in limited quantities are the deluxe and signed super deluxe versions, packaged with exclusive vinyl, prints and more. The super deluxe edition will include the soon-to-be revealed archival box set, as announced last fall.

Preview: Harley Quinn & the Birds of Prey #4

Harley Quinn & the Birds of Prey #4

Written by: Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Conner
Art by: Amanda Conner

There was no way Harley was going to make it out of Gotham City without coming face to face with The Joker…and just as she’s taken all his money, he’s determined to take something that means even more to her! This will be the most harrowing gauntlet of Harley’s life, and she-and you-are not ready for it!

Harley Quinn & the Birds of Prey #4

Review: Dark Nights: Death Metal The Multiverse That Laughs #1

Dark Nights: Death Metal The Multiverse Who Laughs

I’ve been vocal in my mixed feelings about Dark Nights: Death Metal. The main event has been mixed in quality and the one-shots, while they used to stand out, are now fumbling themselves. Dark Nights: Death Metal The Multiverse Who Laughs is another stumble presenting four stories with few standing out and most being forgettable.

Dark Nights: Death Metal The Multiverse Who Laughs opens with an introduction introducing the scary stories to follow. Written by Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, and Joshua Williamson, the intro isn’t so much Cryptkeeper as it’s a tease. Juan Gedeon handles the art, Mike Spicer color, and Troy Peteri the lettering and the art is solidly entertaining. But, the tales the Robin Kings aren’t what’s presented, and sadly what is, is far less interesting. A nice introduction to lay out the concept of the comic but it actually hurts what’s really could have been accomplished with some text on the first page.

Patton Oswalt, Sanford Greene, David Baron, and Josh Reed to a twisted take on Zsasz in “Feeding the Beast”. Sadly, the story itself doesn’t make a whole lot of sense at all. It feels like interesting ideas chopped together without a strong narrative. To say it’s a frustrating start is an understatement and the issue stumbles from there.

The Super-Pets get the spotlight in “The Super-Threats“. Written by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti, the story is a Super-Pets spin on DCeased. Krypto returns from space to find a planet ravaged and all that remains are the Super-Pets. It’s a nice horror short story packed in well and filled with a little bit of humor to make it different and stand out from DCeased. Chad Hardin‘s art with color by Enrica Eren Angiolini‘s color is solid as the animals are filled with emotion as the story unfolds. There’s a slight coloring issue when one infected creature is described as having yellow eyes and red teeth and neither being present. Lettering by Carlos M. Mangual really stands out with the unique speech bubbles that makes the story really fun.

In “Hard-Traveled“, Earth has been taken over by Hal Jordon who’s used his power to bring order to the planet. Standing in his way is Green Arrow. Saladin Ahmed‘s story is interesting in concept but sadly doesn’t get enough pages to really stand out. But, it’s a comic I’d love to read. What does stand out is Scot Eaton‘s art. With Norm Rapmund on ink and Hi-Fi on color, the story builds to a Rocky vs. Apollo ending.

Much like the story leading into it, “The Fear Index” also suffers from not enough pages. Steel has to deal with a planet that has been enveloped by Scarecrow’s toxin. It’s a great idea that we’re mostly teased with. Written by Brandon Thomas, the story itself is the trailer for a film we want to see more of. The art by Thomas Mandrake is solid. With color by Sian Mandrake, it comes off as the twisted fear-induced visions you’d expect. It’s not the over the top trip that has been done before but it’s presented as unsettled. That’s helped by Deron Bennett‘s lettering which enhances the hallucinations from the fear toxin. It emphasizes the situation and world.

There are some things to like about Dark Nights: Death Metal The Multiverse Who Laughs. The idea of an anthology telling stories in this twisted world has potential but few are given the space they’re needed to really be interesting. Instead, they all fall short as teases for something far more entertaining. Both the Green Arrow and Steel stories are worthy of their own one-shots and an entire line could be done like the other Dark Multiverse one-shots releases. But, as is, there’s not a lot here to get excited about.

Story: Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Joshua Williamson, Patton Oswalt, Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Saladin Ahmed, Brandon Thomas
Art: Juan Gedeon, Sanford Greene, Chad Hardin, Scot Eaton, Thomas Mandrake
Color: Mike Spicer, David Baron, Enrica Eren Angiolini, Sian Mandrake, Hi-Fi
Ink: Norm Rapmund
Letterer: Troy Peteri, Josh Reed, Carlos M. Mangual, Deron Bennett
Story: 6.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 6.0 Recommendation: Pass

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Preview: Dark Nights: Death Metal The Multiverse Who Laughs #1

Dark Nights: Death Metal The Multiverse Who Laughs #1

Written by: Patton Oswalt, Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Conner, Brandon Thomas, Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Joshua Williamson, Saladin Ahmed
Art: Juan Gedeon, Sanford Greene, Chad Hardin, Scot Eaton, Thomas Mandrake

The DC Multiverse is a collection of alternate-reality worlds where anything is possible. Each world tells the tale of a possible split in reality, or shows how lives vary depending on a single, solitary decision. But now that the Multiverse has been destroyed, the Batman Who Laughs has used his god like power to create a new Dark Multiverse…a collection of 52 evil worlds, each more terrifying than the last. This one-shot offers the curious-and the brave-a glimpse into the nightmare realities that the Batman Who Laughs has created in tales by creators who know what it means to have a truly twisted sense of misfit humor. An Arkham Asylum even more terrifying than what we know? A world of evil Super Pets? All that and more in these new tales of the Multiverse Who Laughs!

Dark Nights: Death Metal The Multiverse Who Laughs #1

Preview: Harley Quinn & the Birds of Prey #3

Harley Quinn & the Birds of Prey #3

Written by: Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Conner
Art by: Amanda Conner

The price on Harley’s head is getting higher and higher, and more and more of Gotham City’s most dangerous villains are crawling out of the woodwork to claim it. So where the hell is Batman? And after what she’s put the Birds of Prey through in just a few hours, is Harley going to have any allies left to protect her?

Harley Quinn & the Birds of Prey #3
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