Over the years, Harley Quinn’s gradually incorporated vibrant blues, golds, pinks, and yellows into rious ensembles she’s worn across her many incarnations in comics, television shows, and movies. But in DC’s upcoming Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red, the therapist-turned-psychopath is getting back to her roots quite literally.
Over the next 14 weeks, DC’s dropping individual chapters of Black + White + Red as a digital-first anthology, crafted by a number of different creative teams all telling stories about fundamental aspects of Harley’s identities both as a famed villain and as a broken person. Writer-artist Stjepan Å ejiÄ‡ and letterer Gabriela Downie’s chapter, Harleeen: Red, for example, sees Arkham’s active therapists struggle to get Harley to open up specifically about what it is about the colour red that fascinates her so.
Though each of Black + White + Red‘s chapters will feature distinct artistic and narrative styles and some will be be set in continuities, the visual throughline connecting them all is a purposefully black and white colour palette that’s accented with carefully chosen splashes of red, meant to telegraph moments of importance.
Along with Å ejiÄ‡ and Downie, Black + White + Red will also feature stories from Paul Dini, Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Chard Hardin, Saladin Ahmed, Javier Rodriguez, Erica Henderson, Daniel Kibblesmith, Tim Seely, and Juan Ferreyra.
The first chapter of Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red is now available for digital download, with new chapters dropping every Friday.