The stories from issues #8-13 of DC Comics’ Harley Quinn series from 2001AD are collected, along with Harley Quinn: Our Worlds at War #1, as Harley Quinn – Night and Day. These stories, when compared to the current New 52 series, are very imaginative and entertaining, with excellent scripting and artwork – though I couldn’t help but notice that costumed females in Gotham all appear to have large breasts and tight-fitting costumes regardless of when they are drawn.
This collection continues and concludes Harley’s escapades which began in Harley Quinn Preludes And Knock Knock Jokes TP. She is still pursued by the PI’s hired by “Happy” Jack Hapi, her henchmen are plotting against her, and word of Hapi’s pursuit of Harley has got out to the Gotham underworld, who think it means that there is an open bounty on her, leading to carnage on the streets of Gotham, and “Matches Malone” joining her gang…
The opening story involves a flashback to Harley’s college days intercut with the present-day plot by the PI’s to trap her by using her old college professor - in which we discover all sorts of shenanigans going on back then, and which also provides Harley with a sub-plot that runs through this collection as she tries to engineer a romance between one of the PIs and the profiler they are teamed up with. The next four issues (one an extra-long one) - “Quintessence” (geddit?) - conclude the storyline, as the aforementioned carnage breaks out, Harley tries to avoid it by dressing up as Batgirl (Barbara’s costume), which naturally brings the wrath of the Bat-Family and guest-stars the then Batgirl (Cassandra), the then Robin (Tim) and the then Nightwing (Dick), with Batman joining in for the finale.
During the course of the above Harley plays out her matchmaking scheme, even sacrificing her supporters just to remind us that she’s still a psychopathic murderer, fights Killer Croc and teams up with Ivy, as well as spending a lot of time dressed as Batgirl.
Issue #13 is a stand-alone as Harley decides to get out of town for a change of scene and tries to talk Ivy into going with her. They are interrupted by a Joker-inspired assassination attempt.
Harley Quinn: Our Worlds at War #1 - takes place during an alien invasion that was a big DC event back then, and it sees Jimmy Olsen crash-landing in Gotham and running into Harley. In fear for his life (it is Gotham), he spins her a story about getting home to Metropolis to his pregnant fiancé, and she insists on escorting him across battle-scarred America and through rampaging aliens - in a Joker-Mobile…
There are jokes and puns and visual gags aplenty, and a reminder of just how much fun the DC Universe could be without the unsubtle pandering to the fanboys that the current series appears to be doing.
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A huge fan of anything Gotham City related, I was thrilled when my secret santa at work bought me this novel. This is great for all Harley fans, seeing her as Batgirl was hilarious - not to mention her need to set two police officers up.
This is a fast paced comic, and one all fans will love.
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