Harley’s Little Black Book
By Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti
I received a free copy of Harley’s Little Black Book from DC Comics in exchange for my honest opinion.
It’s the sensational debut of a massive team-up series in which Harley meets (and almost certainly annoys) the greatest heroes and villains of the DC Universe! Harley is pairing up with the greatest heroes of all time, featuring adventures with Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, and more! But can she keep up with superheroes of this caliber?
Celebrated Harley co-writers Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti take on this monumental series, spinning off of the best-selling HARLEY QUINN series. Collects HARLEY’S LITTLE BLACK BOOK #1-6.
Summary from Goodreads.
For me, Harley Quinn has always been a hit-or-miss character. She is either amazingly well written and created in such an interesting way that you cannot put it down or she is unbearable and just too much. Fortunately, Harley’s Little Black Book fell into the former.
I cannot remember the last time that I had this much fun reading a comic book, I was constantly laughing at what Harley had gotten herself into and how she went about getting out of the situations. Whilst some of the supporting cast were not as well developed as Harley, they did not detract from the events that occurred.
Each issue is a ‘stand-alone’ story focusing on a different person who Harley interacts with; although overall they do flow from one story to another. The first story is Harley Quinn tries to become Wonder Woman’s sidekick, you can only imagine what goes through her brain in how she goes about this. Next up was Harley Quinn gets a lantern ring and ends up facing Hal Jordan. Third was Zatanna and Harley Quinn in what I can only describe as a crazy ghost-filled adventure. Fourth was Harley travels back in time to WW2 and joins the Bombshells in an assassination plot. Fifth is Harley Quinn vs Superman. Last, but not least, was Harley Quinn and Lobo get stranded on an planet.
I won’t go too much into each storyline as with them only being a single issue long, I will probably end up explain gin everything. What I will say though is that each story, whilst connected, are very different and you should not go into this expecting an overarching plot like you would expect. Each story wraps up very well and not many loose ends are left. Treat each story as their own and you will enjoy this more.
The art style for the first 5 issues were very similar and I cannot really fault it. The last issue with Lobo has a very different art style, that I initially found quite jarring after the pervious 5 issues being completely different. Whilst this change in art style initially shocked me, I actually ended up enjoying this one the most (and yes, maybe Lobo has something to do with this…).
If you enjoy the character Harley Quinn, then these one-shots should give you a good taste of her wild personality.
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