Stjepan Šejić's Harleen Will Explore Harley Quinn's Inner Workings

Harley Quinn meeting the Joker. (Image: Stjepan Šejić, DC Comics)

While Harley Quinn’s long since stepped out of the Joker’s shadow and become an antihero as part of her own arc of evolution, DC’s next big Harley-centric series is going back in time to delve into Harleen Quinzel’s past and re-examine who she is.

This week, DC announced writer-artist Stjepan Šejić’s upcoming Harleen, a series under the publisher’s Black Label imprint. Harleen will focus on the time in Harley’s life when she first met the Joker, an encounter that would forever change both of their lives.

Over the years, we’ve seen Harley and the Joker’s relationship deconstructed and put back together in a number of different ways, all of which have led up to Harley ultimately deciding to part ways with the the Clown Prince for reasons that should be obvious.

A page from Harleen #1. (Image: Stjepan Šejić, DC Comics)
A page from Harleen #1. (Image: Stjepan Šejić, DC Comics)
A page from Harleen #1. (Image: Stjepan Šejić, DC Comics)

Together, Harley and the Joker have always been toxic in ways that typically manifested as him putting her through all kinds of emotional and psychological turmoil despite her undying love for him. Appealing as that might have been to some, it always had the effect of holding Harley back from becoming the complicated, nuanced person she is in the comics today.

It’ll be interesting to see what, if anything, this new take on Harley has to say about the pair’s dynamic when Harleen hits stores on September 25.


    Unless she is vastly differently portrayed in Suicide Squad and other comics, her solo series had her as the opposite of complicated and nuanced where she was a shallow female version of Lobo from the 90s with over the top sexualisation, random acts of violence, and an additional 'drugs are cool' message.I can't think of any other mainstream comic whose first annual would come in a bag with a marijuana scratch and sniff sticker, and the entire plot of it is the cast being high. Her having group sex with a room full of Joker cosplayers at Comic-con was pretty on the nose too, and I gave up after twenty issues. The humor, which makes or breaks series like it, just felt flatter as time went on and they kept pushing the same jokes past their used by date repeatedly.

    Stjepan has posted his fan art and panels of this arc on twitter and deviant art for the last couple of years. It constantly got great feedback from fans, so it's great it's getting done in an official capacity and he can make some money off of it.
    Almost a parallel process of how his highly successful Sunstone got published too

    Last edited 16/06/19 12:47 pm

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