This isn’t her first time headlining a monthly series, but many fans of the shrink turned psycho girlfriend of the Joker have been less than satisfied with her portrayal in Suicide Squad.
DC Comics tapped two writers to give her a bit of a new presence, Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti. They are many things in the comics industry: writers on a variety of projects including Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre and Batwing respectively, artists who have worked together and with other collaborators, and a bona fide comic book power couple.
Being interviewed by Comic Book Resources, Conner and Palmiotti explain what they’re taking from Harley’s classic past, her Suicide Squad present and her many media appearances to make this book work as well as describing whether or not the Joker is waiting in the wings and what other surprise characters lay in store for Harley Quinn.
Palmiotti: We took a good long look at the New 52 version and then applied it to what we were going to do in the series. Harley is a complex character and we are going to build on her background, motivations and her home and supporting cast. Sort of what we did with Power Girl but with a mix of a bit more homicidal maniac added in. She is the hero in her own story. What happens, who gets killed, what house gets burned down and so on, well, that’s just part of her story. She looks at the world differently and we will be building on that and looking even closer on her past and what makes her tick. There are so many layers to this fantastic character that we cannot wait to explore.
Conner: That original version is what seems to be stuck in my head, but at the same time, I always thought it would be cool to see Harley (but not her Harleen self) outside of her costume, and what she would be like. That’s kinda what we have with this version of her.
Palmiotti: The Suicide Squad book has Harley spending time with other heroes and bad guys. This book will focus on Harley and her life, where she lives and how she functions, as well as her motivations and solo adventures.
Conner: We want to put her in a new surroundings, with new people, and see how she behaves in that environment. Is she going to try to keep it together, or is she just going to cut loose and introduce her new world to the Harley brand of crazy?
And what about her Mister J?
Palmiotti: The Joker is part of her life and he will still be. We will be looking at their relationship and other things along the way.
Conner: The Joker is someone that she’ll never be able to shake, nor is she really going to want to. Their relationship is a lot of what defines her now, although she is going to get into a lot of stuff where it has nothing to do with him. But that will always be looming in the background. She’ll have some serious ex-boyfriend issues.
With the new series coming out later this year, I know as a super fan of Harley Quinn I am beyond excited for this book and will be pestering my local comic book shop for it as soon as I can.