Harley Quinn #1

Harley Quinn #1

Writer: Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti Artist: Chad Hardin Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: February 11, 2015 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 34 User Reviews: 13
7.8Critic Rating
8.2User Rating

Harley is set to begin her new life, but she needs a job first! Enter the Coney Island Roller Derby! It's game time as Harley sets out to destroy her competition - literally!

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Mark Povelaitis Dec 21, 2013

    Harley Quinn #1 is a uniquely funny title in the grim, dark landscape of the New 52. Writers Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti craft a funny tale, brimming with charm and charisma, and quite unlike anything else on the DC stands today. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Major Spoilers - Chris Wilson Dec 20, 2013

    Those on the fence about this book need to pick it up, especially if you're looking for a change of pace. Sure it's silly and none too serious but it's fun and while some may be turned off by its lack of realism, that's not really the point. The point is to enjoy the crazy ride. Hell, the art alone is well worth $2.99. Harley Quinn #1 earns 5 out of 5 stars. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Gotham Spoilers - Gotham Spoilers Dec 18, 2013

    This title launched with a great gimmick in the #0 issue, but it was easy to wonder where the series would go without all the A-list artists and Harley talking directly to her writers. Wonder no more, as with this first issue, it's safe to say that Harley Quinn is set to become one of DC's funnest series in years. If perhaps you felt alienated by how Harley was handled in the New 52 in books like Suicide Squad, you'd probably enjoy the hell out of this title, as it's a major return to form for Harley, who is goofy, lovable and just the right amount of crazy. Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti and Chad Hardin are definitely on to something here. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics Refueled - superiorchris Dec 18, 2013

    Connor & Palmiotti have gained my loyalty and ensured that I continue to pick up the issues. They are the perfect combo that can produce Harley Quinn in perfect form. This issue was a lot of non stop fun! Hardin's art with Sinclair's colors is a visual galore. If you were not sure about picking up another new series, have no fear this is a guarantee hit! Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    GoCollect - @Tom_Kray Dec 20, 2013

    This book is wild, funny, casually violent, and just a bit sexy. So the bottom line of Harley Quinn #1 is yes. Just yes. Buy this one. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    IGN - Melissa Grey Dec 19, 2013

    The creative team avoids falling into cliche with a not so gentle reminder that the psyche we're dealing with is anything but stable. When Harley witnesses an adorable dachsund in distress, her response is twisted justice that's both uncomfortable to witness and -- on a petty, primal level -- almost cathartic. This Harley Quinn was never driven to a life of crime because of malicious intent, but rather, out of a desire to help that had been perverted over time (and with a great deal of help from the Joker). She's a complex character, and now, with Conner, Palmiotti, and Hardin at reins, she's being given the treatment she's long since deserved. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Are Not Dead - Comics Are Not Dead Dec 21, 2013

    All in all, Harley Quinn #1 was a very successful debut for a new series, one I can't wait to read more of. Now, if only DC could bring Cassandra Cain back, fire Lobdell and Nocenti, and put Tim Seely on Catwoman (Yes, that's right, I've read Hack/Slash). Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geeks Unleashed - Chris Romero Dec 20, 2013

    Artists Chad Hardin and Alex Sinclair know how to illustrate a fun book, paying attention to smaller details such as comics and a tiny Rubik's cube falling out of Harley's sack as she cruises along the George Washington Bridge. Packed with humor and bursting colors, Harley Quinn #1 is worth grabbing this week. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GoCollect - @DocBenway Dec 19, 2013

    Conner, Palmiotti and Hardin have given one of DCs fan favorite villain a place to shine. I cant wait to see how Harley manages to balance a couple of jobs while avoiding assassination. Nice work and a great new book. Im all in. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Good Kind Of Geek - Nikki Yuan Dec 19, 2013

    The art is perfect, and Hardin makes Harley more sexy than ever. Overall, the series is strong, and I can't wait to see what's in store next. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AiPT! - Jordan Richards Dec 18, 2013

    Harley Quinn #1 is a great start to the book. It's mostly about setting things up for the series, but undeniably entertaining notwithstanding. This is a book with tons of promise that everyone should give a look. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Dec 23, 2013

    The art is by Chad Hardin is very good, with a good mix of straight action and humor - not always an easy mix to maintain. He's also good at depicting lovely ladies, which gets no complaints from me. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Dec 19, 2013

    An almost shockingly strong start to a fairly unconventional series from DC, proving that taking risks really can produce the most profitable results. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Imagination Centre - John McCubbin Dec 24, 2013

    Although this isn't quite as good as the zero issue, it is still fun and crazy, showing Harley at her best and I'd highly recommend picking it up. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicosity - Jessica Boyd Dec 21, 2013

    The moments of over-the-top violence and one-liners continue in this issue, but make more of a case of how far the pendulum swings in Harley's life. Earth shattering revelations or world changing events do not feel like they're on their way. If you are needing something connected to the bigger events, the Batverse or the DCNU as a whole, this might not be the book for you. If anything, this anti-hero is designed more to speak to those who are looking for something completely different than what has been offered lately. Think of it as a palette cleanser for all the angst and brooding that is occurring in the lives of other superhero characters. It's a clean set-up for establishing a new cast of characters, in what feels like DC's first fun sitcom style book since the launch of the New 52. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Following The Nerd - Spin Dash Dec 21, 2013

    So from Spin to all of you I give this Puddin of an issue Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Dec 20, 2013

    Harley Quinn is off to a great start. The comic book uses strong focus on the lead character to introduce her and set up her everyday life. It might sound boring but the execution is strong enough that it not only carries the comic but it is the driver of making it a comic book built around a character and not a plot. This is definitely something to seek out and pick up. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Dec 18, 2013

    Harley can be a fun character. We've seen her portrayed in different ways and thank goodness Amanda and Jimmy have a great grasp on her. This isn't Harley going on missions for the Suicide Squad or Harley pining over the Joker. This is Harley in her own little corner of the DCU. She now has her own place with (gasp) some responsibilities. Throw in the roller derby angle along with Chad Hardin's art and Alex Sinclair's colors, this is a great comic to make you feel warm inside for the holidays. (Even if this has nothing to do with the holiday season). Why not buy two issues - one for you and one for a friend. It's a good time for everyone. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geeked Out Nation - Jess Camacho Dec 18, 2013

    As a life long Harley Quinn fan I'm excited to see where this goes. It was a bit all over the place but for a first issue it has hooked me with its story and not just with a character I like. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Shadowhawk's Shade - Abhinav Jain Dec 19, 2013

    Overall, not as plain awesome as the zeor issue, but still fairly decent, all things told. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Mar 17, 2015

    In a lot of ways, the opening installment of the series proper can't live up to the craziness of the zero issue. They're just set up too differently to do that. With this issue, we're starting in on the real story, introducing the characters in a cohesive way, the new setting and some of how Harley is going to work while not being an outright villain or jumping into the world of being a hero. She's got that middle of the road approach that makes sense in her mind and that's where the fun comes in since she is definitely unbalanced in a lot of ways. The book reads very well with lots of fun little quirks in the dialogue and the artwork, and the artwork itself is solid throughout in how it presents her and this new world for her to reside in. Definitely fun and full of potential. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Dark Knight News - Gilbert Rivera Dec 23, 2013

    Harley Quinn #1 is a fun and quick read. Conner and Palmiotti seem to want to bring back that more lighthearted tone that many fans feel is missing from DC. Hopefully they can iron out the wrinkles in some of the dialogue as the series continues, so that the writing can be at the level of the art, as Hardin is bringing quality work. For now though, lets hope next issue will be A Girl's Best Friend. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Hyper Geeky - ClumsyG Feb 19, 2014

    And with a talented visual team to go along with that one-two punch writing team, Harley Quinn looks like she's just beginning her reign as the queen of comics. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Dec 25, 2013

    This title is very strange, and I think I'm going to have to read a few more issues to get the real feel of it.  In a DCU that is filled with dark, miserable characters, this is certainly contrast.  A funny book to brighten your day from your melancholy heroes.  Chad Hardin's artwork is truly a sight to be seen, and compliments Harley beautifully, and even if you can't get behind the book yet, it is worth the price to simply look at the pictures.  So get this weird title, and enjoy the zany fun. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Aaron Duran Dec 19, 2013

    Visually, Harley Quinn #1 is a real winner. Chad Hardin's style and composition is a perfect fit for this character, and while the book had one too many cheesecake shots, they weren't wholly out of the moment. Combined with some stunningly colors by Alex Sinclair and you've got DC's prettiest book of the week. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Multiversity Comics - Matt Dodge Dec 19, 2013

    There is not one single problem that arises when reading the issue, but rather it is with the overall nature and tone of the book as a whole. What made the zero issue so refreshing to read is that it was unlike anything else DC has published since the New 52 reboot. The push for a unified publishing universe and had a homogenizing effect most of DC's books, and the prelude issue was such a break from that it gave hope that the series could break away and forge its own path through the gritty realism found everywhere else. "Harley Quinn" #1 is funny, strange, and wacky, but the overall story does feel like it took a giant step towards the average DC book. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Dec 20, 2013

    I'll not be buying any other issues. I didn't care for the story, but the art was pretty. I want over the top humor or a deadly serious tale, not this poor pastiche. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ScienceFiction.com - Jason Motes Dec 22, 2013

    But the book has a fun tone and the characters are unique and should be fun. It's a decent first issue that nicely sets up the series to come. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Dec 21, 2013

    If I was a huge Harley Quinn fan, I imagine I would love this comic. She's written as a solid character, she has a lot of fun, she's got a great new life, and the art is pretty good. It's ideal if all you want to do is love Harley completely separate from the Joker. But as a casual fan of the character (at best), what's the point? Where's the drama? Where's the intrigue? Conner and Palmiotti aren't doing anything new or risky with the superhero genre. Harley Quinn #1 is as generically entertaining as modern day superhero comics could get. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    GoCollect - @TonyTheGamerDad Dec 19, 2013

    DC has decided to answer Marvel's Hawkeye series with Harley Quinn while simultaneously adding in a dash of Deadpool. This might be a dream combination for some, while others may be turned off by this idea. As I noted above, there seems to be a lack of continuity with the rest of the DCU and if that is going to bother you then you may want to avoid this book. On the other hand, if you are a fan of Harley Quinn and hate her portrayal in Suicide Squad then you may want to give this book a look. Despite much anticipation, this book fails to live up to my expectations. Not a bad book, but not a great one either. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Batman-News - Andrew Asberry Dec 18, 2013

    It'll be too wacky for some but for many this will be exactly the book they've been waiting for. It has the fantastical character's everyday life aspect of Hawkeye supercharged with the zaniness of Deadpool. If you're looking for a book that doesn't take itself too seriously and you're a big fan of Harley Quinn, then I think you're going to adore this. Personally, I only enjoy characters like Harley or the Joker when they are used in moderation and I found myself falling into the “This is too wacky” category. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Resources - Kelly Thompson Dec 20, 2013

    In the end, "Harley Quinn" #1 zigs when it should zag and falls asleep at the wheel when it should be driving laps around the track. Even if there's room in the current DC for a true off-the-wall Harley Quinn title, "Harley Quinn" #1 isn't it. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Dec 18, 2013

    But flat might be the best word for me to describe Harley Quinn. Not bad enough to offend, not good enough to soar, the Joker's number-one girl feels more like a missed opportunity. What makes this character worth reading? Is she Looney Tunes with a side of live ammo? Is she a bad girl trying to make good? Is she a sidekick busting loose from her homicidal boss and trying to make it on her own? Conner and Palmiotti never zero in on any one direction with Harley Quinn #1, robbing this first issue of any laughs, scowls or cheers. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    The Pop Cultist - Josh Elliott Dec 18, 2013

    Harley Quinn #1 doesn't have the fun, much as it tries to bring it. It all comes across as desperately trying to impress you, the reader, with any of a dozen different ideas crammed into one comic. Read Full Review

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