Harley Quinn: Preludes And Knock-Knock Jokes

March 10, 2008 | Trades


Harley Quinn: Preludes And Knock-Knock Jokes
Karl Kesel, Terry Dodson, Rachel Dodson
DC Comics
$29.99/$24.99 US (Hardcover)
**** (out of five)

From vamp to villainess to would-be hero, Harley Quinn sure has come a long way over the years.
Originally created by Paul Dini and Bruce Timm as a character for Batman: The Animated Series, Harley’s role as the over-the-top vamp alongside the Joker quickly earned her a place in the hearts of scores of fanboys. She became so popular, in fact, that the powers-that-be at DC Comics decided to write her into continuity — a very rare feat indeed!
While she made an impression with a few early appearances, Harley Quinn, A.K.A. Harleen Quinzel, didn’t really take that next step until she stepped out from behind the shadow of her “puddin”, the Joker, in the first issue of this collection of the first seven issues of her own series.
Writer Karl Kesel, with a great deal of assistance from the incomparable husband/wife art team of Terry and Rachel Dodson, really captures Harley’s wild impetuousness as she breaks out on her own and finds mirth and mayhem in Gotham City pulling off crazy crimes, including the ultimate B&E of Wayne Manor!
It’s about time this series, which first saw print in 2000, started getting collected and hopefully Preludes And Knock-Knock Jokes is just volume 1 of many to come.

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