Harleen #3

Who got theirs?

Thoughts?

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Getting mine in a few hours! Can’t wait!!

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I am hooked on Black Label. Friday can’t come soon enough for me.

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@Aristarchus94.72134

I wish Damned had been spread out over two or three more issues, but that book was AMAZING!!! I can’t think of anything out of Black Lanel that I haven’t been happy with.

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I absolutely loved it! Sejic mentioned on his Twitter that this is actually 1/3 of the Harleen story. The thought of there being more of this has me so freaking pumped!!! :harley_hv_7:

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I’m hoping this is what Santa is leaving under my tree this year! :santa: If not, I’ll grab it as a gift to myself a little later.

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@RemEngel
That would be SUPER awesome!

We got a real good look at her origin here. It would WAYYY fun to get three more books of her with Joker and then another three to complete the collection with her breaking off on her own.

I’ve always loved her solo run, but I can’t express how much I enjoyed such a serious look it one of my favorite charicters!

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Harleen is maybe the best comic out there right now. The first two issues were perfect. I have no doubt that #3 will amaze me when I lay my hand on it.

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Such an amazing end to this story. The last page or so was legitimately haunting.

And to be clear, with what Sejic has talked about in the past, what his trilogy would be is the second part being an origin of Poison Ivy, aka “Isley,” and the third would be the two meeting up as “villains” with Harley breaking away from Joker and the two finding happiness together.

Here’s a warm up piece he did for Ivy that’s evocative of what he would do with the book:

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:open_mouth: totally awesone

@Jay_Kay

This was AMAZING!!!

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That sounds exciting!!!

Ooh yeah that’s exactly what I was hoping he meant. This is something I’ve wanted ever since i saw his fan comics on deviantart.

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I’m gonna give this a read tonight, I haven’t read a Black Label book.

So I just finished the series up a little while ago. First I have to say that being from an older generation of comic reader I never got this whole Harley/Joker affair. My first real exposure was the Batman Arkham games. I have also never been a constant reader of the Batman titles the past few decades like I was with Superman or the JLA. While the story is well written, it never seemed deconstructed, am I supposed to feel like Harley is crazy or stupid? Is she suffering from split personalities? Is she supposed to be tragic? She was extremely intelligent with maybe minor emotional problems but she falls in love with a serial killer(which has happened in the real world) She didn’t really lose it till she killed Bronson. I assume there is more to come from StJepan Sejic whose work I am not familiar with but would seek out more.

This line gives me chills! The art, her expression, the depth of pain, and this amazing dialogue - it’s absolute poetry.

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Great end to this great series. It made me like HQ for once. This is the last issue of the series right?

What I got from it was that after the “scandal” over her fling wirh her professor she really isolated herself. It didn’t show her having any sort of intimate relationship with anyone after that.

She just finished school and dove into work…diving into work as another way if isolating herself.

Granted, I’m a man, and have never had to deal with any sort of predator but I’ve been through times of extreme lonliness and isolation in my life. By that, I can see how, beginning with the shock (excitement, maybe?) of being held at gunpoint on the street and ending with Joker being a man…a forbidden man…to show her “kindness” and an intimate interest, she latched on to the attention he showed her and allowed him to take advantage/manipulate of her.

And remember:
Joker is SUPER smart and had access to her files. He wasn’t just able to take advantage of her lonliness, he was able to get into her head while doing so.

And two other things:

  1. She shot the guard and felt there was no going back after taking his life.
  2. We didn’t see any of the abuse that took place between the Arkham breakout and the last few pages. She began the “relationship” thinking that she had a better chance of saving Joker by being with him, but after prolongued periods of physical and mental abuse you begin to believe you’re worthless and become more and more willing to allow your abuser to manipulate you.

I’m not saying that anyting has happened so far would make us look at Harley as any sort of strong female role model. That’s going to come later. What we have now is the origin of a very broken charicter and a small look at how twisted and manipulative Joker is.

That’s just my take on it. If you didn’t dig it one of the greatest things about comics is that there are soooo many other books out there we’ll both love.

You read Wonder Woman: Dead Earth yet? I picked it up and will be reading it some time this week when my kids are visiting their mom for Christmas.

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There are a lot of new (and re-branded Black Label) comics that are great reads. The Dreaming is a great series - and they’re only about 17 issues in. Batman Last Knight is also really good.

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Harleen was great from start to finish. I am by no means a big Harley fan, but this was such a good, refreshing take on the classic “Mad Love” origin story.

The fact that they kinda flipped the script and showed that Harleen was actually a good student made her plummet to madness all the more unfortunate.

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