“Harley Quinn Volume 1: Hot in the City” by Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, and Chad Hardin

Harley Quinn Volume 1- Hot in the City by Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, and Chad Hardin

A review by Courtney.

Harley Quinn is a character that I have been drawn to for a couple years without entirely knowing why. My first cosplay was Harley and at the time all I knew about her was that she was the Joker’s girlfriend. As I started going to more conventions, I wanted to branch out to other characters but I still felt that pull to Harley and have revised that costume three times in new ways since then. I discovered a solo Harley book was being published so with slight terror and trepidation (because what if I hated this character). I bought volume one.

The story starts with Harley telling her (literal) stuffed beaver that she has inherited an apartment building in Coney Island. She thinks this will be terrific until she learns that the rent from her tenants is not enough to cover all the bills on the building, so she is going to have to get creative. Her solution is to be a therapist by day and a roller derby girl by night. On top of dealing with coming up with six grand for rent every month and working two jobs, we also learn that someone is sending assassins after Harley as well. Harley is working on being her own person and living her life without Mr. J.

I haven’t read a comic book that has made me laugh out loud like this one ever. My slight fear of not liking Harley was unfounded and I have never been more glad. This book packed plenty of action because of all the assassins after her, but it wasn’t done in a gross way and you almost forgot that she was killing people. The violence was there but very toned down. I enjoyed that one moment she would be saving a roomful of puppies from apparent doom and then laughing as she beaned a girl in the head playing roller derby. She also had to deal with life, the aspects like bill paying or animal poop, that superhero books generally ignore or gloss over, and it was done in such a fantastic way that you wanted to keep reading to see how she was going to deal with the next hiccup life threw at her. The art in the book is fantastic; Amanda Conner was able to show that Harley is a very sexy character who likes to have fun with her clothes without doing it in a way that made me feel like the character was being objectified. It was refreshing to get to know just Harley and I can’t wait to see what antics she gets up to next.

I recommend this comic to people ages 13 and up because of the violence and adult humor. I added this book to my pull list at my local comic book store after reading this volume.

My rating: 5/5 stars.

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