So I have never been a huge fan of Harley Quinn in the past. I liked her character fine, but as I was a teenager when Batman: The Animated Series came out, it never had the same defining impact on me it did on a lot of others. As it was not what formed my first impressions of Batman. (although it is a great series, make no mistake).
But not long after I got DC Universe I decided to give Harley Quinn a try. I started with the Rebirth Series, but quickly went back and over time since the comic book selection on this service grew, have slowly read all of Jimmy Palmotti and Amanda Conner’s Harley Quinn. From the two ongoings they did, to the various specials and mini-series, having just finished issue #34 I think I have read all of Palmotti and Conner’s run. Although I say think because counting specials and mini-series there were a LOT of them. But at least assuming they are all on DCU, I think I have read them.
And I love it, they have a perfect mix of action, over the top violence, small sprinkings of drama, great artwork (I know she didn’t draw all of them, or most of them, but I love Amanda Conner’s artwork. Have since she did Power Girl) and a rich supporting cast. That created a series (or multiple series, but the new 52 and Rebirth books really felt like the same book just changing the name and numbering) that I could not get enough of. I am sorry that it seems the fun is over, although I will be giving Frank Tieri and Sam Humphry’s run a shot for sure. But whatever my thoughts on the later Harley Quinn issues, Conner and Palmotti were an amazing ride and really made me fall in love with the character.
And I want to thank DCU for giving me the opportunity to read them. I lost count but all of those many series, mini’s and specials had to be over 80 issues or close to that. And even as trades I never would have hunt them all down, or been able to afford them all if I tried to go that route. So I am so glad I got the opportunity to discover and enjoy something I never would have otherwise. It is one of the many, MANY reasons I love this service.