Updated on 16 October, 2021
If you've been a fan of the Harley-Davidson household for any amount of time, then you're going to love what's in store for you in the new Harley Quinn comic book. It's written by DC comics icon Harley Quinn and drawn by original creator Todd Phillips. The first in an epic Harley series will see issue #1 in July and promises to be one of the best selling Harley comics of all time!
"Harley's Best Friends Forever!" by EDGY GRIMSBY (writer), GERRY MORENCIO (artist), JUSTIN GORE (pencils), TIFFany Fleck (inks). The story kicks off with a bang! Harley's best friend, Harley's sidekick, Poison Ivy, is captured by the villain Deathstroke and brought to justice for the crime of poisoning his boss, businessmanials owner of a high-class ladies club named Sloppy Joe's.
When asked who he'd align himself with if he ever got to fight villains that were as ruthless as the villains in this book, Harley responds: "My oldest daughter, Rachel Dawes. We've always fought the good fight, though. The only time I've ever been really scared is when someone tried to kill my baby girl, Harley. She would have been killed too, if it weren't for the crazy old bat-thing I have... Anyway, she deserves better than any of those villains. I don't know what they want from me, but she deserves better. Besides, there are better fighters."
The story kicks off in full gear, as Harley and Poison Ivy are transported to another dimension where the characters have been merged into a team. They're put into a prison called Submission grapple and put into a ring, where Harley's sidekick tells them that they're to fight "what's wrong with America." What's wrong with America, is Harley asks, pointing to a picture of his daughter at the press conference. It turns out what's wrong with America is a trio of super criminals, namely The Rippers, who have apparently taken over the city.
The three villains, in actuality, aren't really new to this world. In fact, they've been in it for decades, as the Rippers were one of the more original and intriguing villains featured in the earlier incarnations of Batman's comic book universe. While he hasn't completely replaced Poison Ivy in the latest incarnation of the Dark Knight, he's undoubtedly a formidable opponent whose abilities are nearly on par with her. Still, Harley is determined that her new team needs help in defeating this evil menace, no matter who has to come up against them. She insists that her daughter is capable of handling anything the villains throw at them, which prompts an array of physical and mental tests to see if her daughter has what it takes to take on these tough guys. If you're thinking that this is just a cheap gimmick designed to earn money, you'd be mistaken.
Harley is absolutely serious about teaching her daughter how to face these new threats. She is determined that these young people will be able to live up to their full potential, and not let fear stop them from getting a job or pursuing whatever they want in life. The Rippers are thrown into a whole new environment, and introduced to a whole new group of characters, all of whom seem to know more about them than anyone else does. Harley is determined that her new recruits learn to trust each other, and that fear won't be a factor when facing these villains. These young people are given a great deal of respect in the course of the story, which adds to the excellent character development.
One of the most interesting aspects of the comic book world is the way that it can tell future events in the same way that modern films and television can. Harley is aware that there are some dangerous people out there, and she is glad that she has been saved the previous time a situation like this came up. When she hears that a new guy is coming to town, she makes sure that he has plenty of friends with him, just in case. This one issue provides an interesting insight into what future events may be able to come, even in Harley's own storyline. It shows that even though Harley is in a very active role in this one issue, she still wants to make sure that her daughter remains prepared and safe.
The Harley Quinn comic book is not the strongest Harley Quinn story that you can find. In fact, the most entertaining part of the comic book is the interaction between Harley and her daughter, Madison. These two women prove to be some of the best supporting characters in the entire comic book world, and it is refreshing to see the dynamic between them change over the course of the series. They even manage to steal a page or two of time in the book for Harley in order to discuss why she decided to quit being an assassin. This is definitely an important part of the Harley Quinn history that you should keep in mind, especially if you are a fan of Harley and her past experiences.