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Preview: Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity – Secret Files #1

Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity – Secret Files #1

Written by: Edward Kurz MD, Kami Garcia
Art by: Cat Staggs, David Mack, Jason Badower, Mico Suayan

Harley Quinn is hunting two serial killers: The Joker, a brutal psychopath who murdered her roommate and disappeared years ago, and the unidentified killer currently terrorizing Gotham City.

In this one-shot, see pieces of the puzzle on Harley’s investigation board and steal a glimpse into John Kelly’s high school notebook—a book he still carries today. Kami Garcia has been consulting forensic psychiatrist and behavior analyst Edward Kurz, MD, throughout the series to ensure the accuracy of the story and of Harley’s methodology. In this special issue, Dr. Kurz’s work is spotlighted as we reveal secrets from Harley’s past, hidden details of crime scenes, and a real-life profile of The Joker that has driven the progression of his murders in the story!

Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity - Secret Files #1

Underrated: Bloodshot Reborn: Colorado (Redux)

This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week: Bloodshot Reborn: Colorado


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I wanted to revisit this book, because I’ve recently reread and still don’t think it gets the attention it deserves. This originally ran in July of 2018.

Jeff Lemire has been writing Bloodshot across various series for a long time. Longer, even, than I have been reading. Two days ago, I picked up the first volume of Bloodshot Reborn as despite reading from around the eighth issue of the series on, I had never actually read the opening to the series. The blurb on the back of this book gives you a pretty good idea of the book’s plot, but what it doesn’t do is tell you that this book is so much more than your typical superhero story.

Bloodshot’s nanites made him a nearly unstoppable killing machine. His enhanced strength, speed, endurance, and healing made him the perfect weapon, and he served his masters at Project Rising Spirit — a private contractor trafficking in violence — very well. Now, Bloodshot is a shadow of his former self. He lives in self-imposed exile, reeling from the consequences of his past life and the recent events that nearly drove him mad. But when a rash of shootings by gunmen who appear to look just like Bloodshot begin, his guilt will send him on a mission to stop the killers, even if it means diving head-long into the violence that nearly destroyed him.

Picking up after the events of The Valiant (expect spoilers for that book if you haven’t read it), Colorado opens with a monologue telling you who Bloodshot was juxtaposed against images in stark contrast to who he is now. Lemire wastes no tie in showing you that a  man who was forced to kill for others has, seemingly, wasted his opportunity at a second chance for a normal life. Within a page or two, you’re hitting rock bottom with the man formerly known as Bloodshot. You can feel his guilt and shame emanating  from the paper as you turn the page, and not once do you blame him for what he’s going through.

This is a man who was broken, and who doesn’t know how to move past what he was. Who woke up from a nightmare only to understand that he was the monster, and now wears the question of whether he deserves to move on as an armour.

Bloodshot Reborn: Colorado is an origin story, of sorts, for Ray Garrison. Which means you don’t need to have read Bloodshot prior to picking up this comic (and, really, although the first series post Valiant relaunch is good, it pales in comparison to the more psychological horror take on the character that Lemire presents us with). This first volume in the series is a brilliant read; I devoured it in one sitting and immediately wanted to read more. I am a huge fan of Jeff Lemire, and think his take on the character is a vastly underrated one when looked at in the grand scheme of the comics read world.

Lemire’s take on Bloodshot is my favourite version of the character, but the opening of his story takes more from the horror genre than one would initially expect. The character’s inner turmoil is obvious and very clear to the reader as Ray Garrison struggles to discover who he is now that he’s no longer a monster; and his biggest fear, and one he must confront as the volume progresses, is that he’s nobody. Without the monster, he is a shell of a man.

Bloodshot Reborn: Colorado is a book I can’t speak highly enough of (were this a review I’d be giving it a solid 10; the art is every bit as impressive as the story), and it genuinely surprised me that I hadn’t heard much about it prior to reading it myself. Maybe that was part of the magic, that unexpected kick in the teeth, but this first volume of Bloodshot Reborn needs to find its place on your shelf – whether physical or digital.


Join us next week when we look at something else that is, for whatever reason, Underrated.

Preview: Atlantis Attacks #2 (of 5)

Atlantis Attacks #2 (of 5)

(W) Greg Pak (A) Ario Anindito (CA) Mico Suayan
Rated T+
In Shops: Feb 19, 2020
SRP: $3.99

THE EARTH WILL SHAKE AND THE WATERS WILL BOIL!

• NAMOR versus BRAWN! A team torn asunder! SWORD MASTER and SHANG-CHI undercover!
• Wave caught between the surface world of her birth and the undersea glories of ATLANTIS! And who are the SIRENAS?
• The epic clash continues and the AGENTS OF ATLAS — both old and new — will never be the same!

Atlantis Attacks #2 (of 5)

Preview: Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity #3 (of 9)

Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity #3 (of 9)

(W) Kami Garcia (A) Mico Suayan, Jason Badower (CA) Francesco Mattina
In Shops: Feb 05, 2020
SRP: $5.99

DC Black Label Prestige Plus 8.5″ x 10.875″
Harley Quinn follows the evidence-and it leads her to a dangerous conclusion: she might know the true identity of the serial killer she’s hunting. But as Harley digs deeper into The Joker’s past, he is watching her…and leaving a trail of bodies in his wake. Gotham City has never needed a hero more!

Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity #3 (of 9)

Preview: Avengers #30

Avengers #30

(W) Jason Aaron (A) Ed McGuinness (CA) Mico Suayan
Rated T+
In Shops: Jan 29, 2020
SRP: $3.99

STARBRAND REBORN Conclusion: WHO WILL BE BRANDED?

In a Shi’ar space prison the size of a galaxy, the cosmic war for the Starbrand super weapon comes to its cataclysmic conclusion. Who is the shocking new wielder of the Starbrand? And will they survive long enough to control the epic planet-melting power at their disposal? Not if Gladiator of the Shi’ar has anything to say about it. But the space-ravaged Avengers will have a thing or two to say about it too. Including Brood Thor, Captain Corsair, the War Widow, the new-look She-Hulk and Blade… as you’ve never seen him before!

Avengers #30

Get a First Look at Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity #3 (of 9)

Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity #3 (of 9)

Written by Kami Garcia
Art by Mico Suayan and Jason Badower
Color by Annette Kwok
Cover by Francesco Mattina
Variant Cover by Mico Suayan

Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity continues Harley Quinn follows the evidence-and it leads her to a dangerous conclusion: she might know the true identity of the serial killer she’s hunting! But as Harley digs deeper into the Joker’s past, he is watching her…and leaving a trail of bodies in his wake. Gotham City has never needed a hero more!

DC’s Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity #3, written by #1 New York Times and internationally bestselling author Kami Garcia (Beautiful Creatures, Unbreakable, X-Files: Agents of Chaos) and artists Mico Suayan (Bloodshot: Reborn) and Jason Badower (Sensation Comics), will carry an Ages 17+ content descriptor.

Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity #3, hitting shelves February 5th and shipping bimonthly in DC’s Prestige Plus format, will retail for $5.99.

Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity #3 (of 9)

Preview: Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity #2 (of 9)

Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity #2 (of 9)

(W) Kami Garcia (A) Mico Suayan, Mike Mayhew (CA) Francesco Mattina
In Shops: Jan 01, 2020
SRP: $5.99

DC BLACK LABEL – PRESTIGE PLUS FORMAT – APPROX. 8.5″ x 10.875″

Jim Gordon and the GCPD have turned to profiler Harley Quinn for assistance. She’s intrigued by the level of care and detail this new, depraved serial killer is putting into his crime scenes; there must be clues to his pathology in his artful staging. His level of meticulous preparation is unusual, but will it lead to or help delay his capture?

Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity #2 (of 9)

Get an Early Look at Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity #2 (of 9)

Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity #2 (of 9)

Written by Kami Garcia
Art by Mike Mayhew and Mico Suayan with Jason Badower
Cover by Francesco Mattina
Variant Cover by Mike Mayhew

Gotham is a breeding ground for lowlifes.
This killer is different.

Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity continues as Jim Gordon and the GCPD turn to forensic psychiatrist and criminal profiler Harley Quinn for assistance. Harley’s intrigued by the detail this new killer is putting into his crime scenes, but has no idea the investigation will bring her face-to-face with the most notorious serial killer in Gotham’s history—the Joker. The level of meticulous preparation in the murders is unusual, but will that help or hurt her cause?

DC’s Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity #2, written by #1 New York Times and internationally bestselling author Kami Garcia (Beautiful Creatures, Unbreakable, X-Files: Agents of Chaos) and artists Mike Mayhew (The Star Wars) and Mico Suayan (Bloodshot: Reborn) with Jason Badower, will carry an Ages 17+ content descriptor.

Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity #2, hitting shelves January 1st and shipping bimonthly in DC’s Prestige Plus format, will retail for $5.99.

Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity #2

Review: Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity #1

Harley Quinn is a profiler working with the GCPD and Joker is a serial killer she’s trying to track down.

Story: Kami Garcia
Art: Mico Suayan and Mike Mayhew
Letterer: Richard Starkings of Comicraft

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Preview: Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity #1

Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity #1

(W) Kami Garcia (A) Mico Suayan, Mike Mayhew (CA) Francesco Mattina
In Shops: Oct 09, 2019
SRP: $5.99

In Gotham City, where heinous acts of violence are a daily occurrence, the GCPD relies on Harley Quinn, a young forensic psychiatrist and profiler, to consult on their toughest cases. But Harley is haunted by one unsolved case-the night she discovered her roommate’s body marked with the signature of a notorious serial killer known as The Joker.

Five years later, the case remains unsolved and a new series of horrific murders occur throughout the city. As the murders escalate, Harley’s obsession with finding the depraved psychopath responsible leads her down a dangerous path. When the past and the present finally collide, Harley has to decide how far she is willing to go-and how many lines she is willing to cross-to solve these cases once and for all.

Written by #1 New York Times and international bestselling author Kami Garcia (co-author of Beautiful Creatures, author of Unbreakable and X-Files: Agents of Chaos) with art by Mico Suayan (Bloodshot: Reborn) and Mike Mayhew (The Star Wars), JOKER/HARLEY: CRIMINAL SANITY introduces readers to a Joker and Harley Quinn unlike any they’ve seen before, utilizing forensic psychiatry, behavior analysis (profiling) and psychological profiles to create a true-to-life take on these iconic characters that is more terrifying than any psychotic fantasy.

Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity #1
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