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Review: Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red Chapter Seven

Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red Chapter Seven

DC Comics has upped its digital game with DC Digital Firsts. The digital comics have allowed the publisher to try new formats and take risks. So far, it’s been a success for readers. A crown jewel in the line is Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red. The digital anthology series features a new creative team each issue delivering a new self-contained experience. Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red Chapter Seven has Erica Henderson showing us what she’d do with the character in a very cute story fit for an animated short.

Harley is done with Mr. J. She wants to show her independence by burning up the gifts he’s given her. But, Ivy has other things to focus on, like the latest caper with Harley. The comic is just a spiraling of issues as Harley’s new focus on doing good for herself lands them both into trouble.

Henderson uses Harley’s toxic relationship with the Joker to drive the humor of the story. This isn’t an examination of their twisted romance or a look at Harley’s abuse. Instead, it’s a means to get us to the action and get us some laughs. Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red Chapter Seven is interesting compared to many of the previous chapters. The rest have dived a little more into Harley’s trauma. Here, it’s a plot point whose greater purpose is to create some friction between Harley and Ivy. It’s another example of not just how the same character but even the same character aspect can be used in such a different way by creators.

It’d be easy to go down a serious road and a dour take on Harley when it comes to the Joker. It’s not a healthy relationship and the Joker has abused her psychologically. Henderson doesn’t ignore that but more so that’s not the focus of the comic. Some of their issues are danced around but the comic is more about a woman burning her memories to move on, then causing a fire by accident while doing so. There’s also that nice addition as to Harley’s choices being wide open without the Joker to hold her down.

Part of the success of this comic is Henderson’s art. There’s a lot said in body language and facial expressions and they drive so much of the back and forth between the characters. Ivy delivers Harley a look that says everything she’s thinking when Harley declares she wants to try crime-fighting to see what that’s like. It really shows the power of the comic medium and how much it differs from prose novels. The lettering by Gabriela Downie too is key. It adds such emotion to some of Henderson’s dialogue and really sets a panel and scene.

Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red Chapter Seven is the great build-up to the joke that gets you to laugh when it’s all over. I fully expected to hear a rim shot at the end as the “sketch” ended along with some audience laughter. And, it got me to actually laugh. It’s really cute and another solid addition to the digital series. Again, it’s a prime example as to how flexible the character is and awesome to see what another creator brings to the character.

Story: Erica Henderson Art: Erica Henderson Letterer: Gabriella Downie
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy


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ComiXology Delivers a Trio of New Digital Releases

There’s three new digital comic releases on comiXology this morning. Two manga and the latest DC Digital First are ready for you right now! Get all three now or check out the individual issues below!

Dead Mount Death Play #52

Written by Ryohgo Narita
Art by Shinta Fujimoto
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The full story of Xiaoyu’s past reveals his connection to the most fearsome adversary yet! And secrets regarding the Corpse God’s world are uncovered that not even he’s aware of… Read the next chapter of Dead Mount Death Play the same day as Japan!

Dead Mount Death Play #52

A Convenient Groom

Written by Darcy Maguire
Art by Yu Mahara
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Riana Andrews is devastated when the man she thought she was going to marry humiliates her. She thought she had finally found happiness as a bride and a wedding dress designer. Riana tries to drinks away her heartbreak and drags herself off to her office to recover in peace. The next morning, she wakes up and sees a ring on her ring finger, but she doesn’t know why! Then world-famous photographer Joe Henderson, whom she met only a day ago, shows up and tells her he was the one who gave her the ring. From what she is able to piece together, he proposed to her last night, but she has no memory of it! Could she have finally found her happily-ever-after?

A Convenient Groom

Harley Quinn Black + White + Red #7

Written by Erica Henderson
Pencils Erica Henderson
Inks Erica Henderson
Colored by Erica Henderson
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Some people burn their ex’s belongings as a way of putting their past behind them. When Harley Quinn does it, she takes her whole apartment building with her, which causes more than a little friction with her roommate Poison Ivy, who’s something of a stickler when it comes to not almost dying in a fire. The legendary partners come to blows in this cautionary tale for the ages!

Harley Quinn Black + White + Red #7

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Exclusive Preview: Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red Chapter Seven

DC Comics has been knocking it out of the park with Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red. The DC Digital First series is an anthology comic consisting of 14 chapters each featuring a different creative team taking on the iconic character. Each chapter so far has been unique in both their style, story, and voice. It’s been a fun digital anthology series with each chapter standing on its own and delivering some creative fun. It shows off how much you can do storywise with Harley Quinn and how different the story and art can be depending on the creative team.

We got an early exclusive look at chapter seven featuring Erica Henderson delivering the story and art.

HARLEY QUINN: BLACK + WHITE + RED CHAPTER SEVEN

Written and drawn by ERICA HENDERSON

“Give Me A Break”
Some people burn their ex’s belongings as a way of putting their past behind them. When Harley Quinn does it, she takes her whole apartment building with her, which causes more than a little friction with her roommate Poison Ivy, who’s something of a stickler when it comes to not almost dying in a fire. The legendary partners come to blows in this cautionary tale for the ages!

HARLEY QUINN: BLACK + WHITE + RED CHAPTER SEVEN

DC Announces the Creative Teams for More of Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red

Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red Chapter 7

We’re halfway through the fourteen chapters of Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red and DC has revealed the creative teams for the chapters releasing throughout the month of August. Check out below for the digital comics you get to look forward to for the rest of the month.

CHAPTER SEVEN: ON SALE FRIDAY, AUGUST 7, 2020 

Written and drawn by ERICA HENDERSON

“Give Me A Break”

Some people burn their ex’s belongings as a way of putting their past behind them. When Harley Quinn does it, she takes her whole apartment building with her, which causes more than a little friction with her roommate Poison Ivy, who’s something of a stickler when it comes to not almost dying in a fire. The legendary partners come to blows in this cautionary tale for the ages!

CHAPTER EIGHT: ON SALE FRIDAY, AUGUST 14, 2020 

Written by DANIEL KIBBLESMITH
Art by MARGUERITE SAUVAGE

“End Of The Line”

When Harley dozes off on a Coney Island-bound subway, she finds herself in a corner of the city she never imagined…the X Train, a pirate-filled locomotive sailing the troubled waters of New York’s underground!

CHAPTER NINE: ON SALE FRIDAY, AUGUST 21, 2020 

Written and drawn by JOE QUINONES

“Indiana Quinn!”

Harley Quinn finds herself kicked to the curb when she botches Poison Ivy’s best-laid plans to acquire a treasure of myth and legend! Determined to prove her worth, Harley sets off to capture the prize for them both, but not before drawing in Batman and Batgirl in a thrilling and dangerous adventure across the globe!

CHAPTER TEN: ON SALE FRIDAY, AUGUST 28, 2020 

Written and drawn by DANI

“Sunshine Getaway”

Harley was trying to take a nice and quiet post-breakup vacation into the SLAUGHTER SWAMP, but disaster strikes when a bunch of creeps kidnap her beloved hyenas Bud and Lou. Time for her to put a very particular set of skills to use and kick some ass!

DC Delivers a Surprise Digital Release of Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red With First Chapter by Stjepan Šejić and Gabriela Downie

DC has announced the launch of its newest Digital First series, Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red! Publishing each Friday and spanning 14 chapters, this digital series is an anthology of standalone stories told in the vein of the classic Batman: Black & White. The first chapter is available for purchase now on participating digital platforms, including readdc.comComixology, Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, and more.

Each chapter of Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red will be told in traditional black and white with the color red utilized in unique ways throughout each of the individual stories. The debut chapter of the Digital First series is “Harleen: Red” by writer/artist Stjepan Šejić with lettering by Gabriela Downie. Set in the world of Šejić’s New York Times bestselling graphic novel Harleen, this story hints at a “red” that will have meaning only to Harley Quinn!

Future chapters will feature a fan-favorite lineup of talent, including Harley Quinn co-creator Paul Dini; the team of Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, and Chad Hardin; Saladin Ahmed and Javier Rodriguez; Tim Seeley and Juan Ferreyra; Erica Henderson, Daniel Kibblesmith, and more to come throughout the run. And Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red is also the DC writing debut for several acclaimed illustrators! Artists Mirka Andolfo, Dani, Joe Quinones, and Riley Rossmo are all developing chapters written in their own voice, paired with art in their distinct styles.

Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red’s first chapter, with story and art by Stjepan Šejić and lettering by Gabriela Downie, is available now. Subsequent digital chapters of Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red will publish weekly on Fridays through its 14-chapter run. Andolfo’s story will publish July 3, Ahmed and Rodriguez’ collaboration will publish on July 10, and Seeley and Ferreyra’s chapter will publish on July 17 to round out the first month of the series.

Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red promo art is by Jorge Jiménez.

Preview: Death Defying ‘Devil #5

Death Defying ‘Devil #5

writer: Gail Simone
artist: Walter Geovani
covers: Inhyuk Lee (A) Erica Henderson (B) Riccardo Federici (C) Riccardo Federici (RI-B/W) Erica Henderson (RI-B/W) Riccardo Federici (RI-Virgin)
FC | 32 pages | Superheroes | $3.99 | Teen+

The Death-Defying ‘Devil, aka Bart Hill, has done everything he can to protect the residents of the Winslow House from the evil that wants their home. Will he have to make the ultimate sacrifice to save the people that took him in when he needed help the most?

The Defender of Right… From the Eisner-Nominated Gail Simone

Death Defying ‘Devil #5

Preview: Super Duck #1 (of 4)

SUPER DUCK #1 (OF 4)

Script: Frank Tieri, Ian Flynn
Art: Ryan Jampole, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
Cover: Ryan Jampole
Variant Covers: Derek Charm, Andy Fish, Adam Gorham, Erica Henderson
On Sale Date: 3/25
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

BRAND NEW SERIES! Super Duck is the greatest hero of Ducktropolis. Brash, arrogant and virtually unbeatable, he’s defeated all threats to the city and routinely foils the schemes of his greatest rival, criminal genius and corporate billionaire Dapper Duck. But now, three years later, Super Duck has fallen on hard times. Down on his luck and with his superheroing days a distant memory, he is reduced to appearing at comic conventions for measly appearance fees. So when he’s approached by a rival of Dapper to be his personal bodyguard/accompany him on his many adventures, Supe has to decide if he’s ready to don his cape once more in this series for mature readers!

SUPER DUCK #1 (OF 4)

Preview: Vampirella/Red Sonja #7

Vampirella/Red Sonja #7

writer: Jordie Bellaire
artist: Drew Moss
covers: Jae Lee (A), Erica Henderson (B), Leonardo Romero (C), Shannon Kingston Cosplay Cover (D), Drew Moss “Then and Now” Variant (E)
Juan Gedeon “Zombie” Variant (RI), Drew Moss “Then and Now” Variant (RI-B/W), Juan Gedeon “Zombie” Variant (RI-B/W), Leonardo Romero (RI-Virgin), Drew Moss “Then and Now” Variant (RI-Virgin), Leonardo Romero (RI-B/W)
FC | 32 pages | Action/Adventure | $3.99 | Teen+

NEW STORY ARC! Perfect jumping-on point!

What in the HELL are Vampirella and Red Sonja doing in 1920s New York City, WHAT did they do to piss off gangsters, and WHERE are they going next, IF they even SURVIVE!?!?!

Vampirella/Red Sonja #7

X-O Manowar #1 Sword Shanhara Variant Covers Revealed

X-O Manowar features exciting “Sword of Shanhara” 1:25 variant covers by all-star artists!

The debut issue by Harvey Award-winner Dennis “Hopeless” Hallum and breakout star artist Emilio Laiso goes on sale in just three weeks (March 25th), and it will feature a jaw-dropping 1:25 variant by Erica Henderson. Issues #2-#4 will have their own special “Sword of Shanhara” variants by Daniel Warren Johnson, Dustin Weaver, and Michael Walsh!

As if the artwork alone wasn’t amazing enough, special treatment will be applied to X-O Manowar’s energy sword on each cover to make it pop!

The X-O Manowar 1:25 “Sword of Shanhara” Variants are 1:25 covers, meaning comic shops will receive one with every qualifying order of 25 copies of X-O Manowar. If you want to add these phenomenal covers to your collection, contact your local comic shop and tell them you want the X-O Manowar “Sword of Shanhara” Variant Covers!

The blockbuster adventure begins in X-O Manowar #1 on March 25th, 2020, featuring colors by Ruth Redmond and letters by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou.

Feast your eyes on the stunning artwork below.

X-O MANOWAR #1 1:25 Cover by Erica Henderson
X-O MANOWAR #1 1:25 Cover by Erica Henderson
X-O MANOWAR #2 1:25 Cover by Daniel Warren Johnson
X-O MANOWAR #2 1:25 Cover by Daniel Warren Johnson
X-O MANOWAR #3 1:25 Cover by Dustin Weaver
X-O MANOWAR #3 1:25 Cover by Dustin Weaver
X-O MANOWAR #4 1:25 Cover by Michael Walsh
X-O MANOWAR #4 1:25 Cover by Michael Walsh

A hero returns in this early preview of Super Duck #1!

SUPER DUCK #1 (OF 4) (MR)

Script: Frank Tieri, Ian Flynn
Art: Ryan Jampole, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
Cover: Ryan Jampole
Variant Covers: Derek Charm, Andy Fish, Adam Gorham, Erica Henderson
On Sale Date: 3/25
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

BRAND NEW SERIES! Super Duck is the greatest hero of Ducktropolis. Brash, arrogant and virtually unbeatable, he’s defeated all threats to the city and routinely foils the schemes of his greatest rival, criminal genius and corporate billionaire Dapper Duck. But now, three years later, Super Duck has fallen on hard times. Down on his luck and with his superheroing days a distant memory, he is reduced to appearing at comic conventions for measly appearance fees. So when he’s approached by a rival of Dapper to be his personal bodyguard/accompany him on his many adventures, Supe has to decide if he’s ready to don his cape once more in this series for mature readers!

SUPER DUCK #1 (OF 4) (MR)
SUPER DUCK #1 (OF 4) (MR)
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