Harley Quinn Annual #1
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Harley Quinn Annual #1

Writer: Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti Artist: John Timms, Paul Mounts, Stjepan Sejic, Joe Quinones, Ben Caldwell, Kelley Jones Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: October 29, 2014 Cover Price: $5.99 Critic Reviews: 20 User Reviews: 7
7.9Critic Rating
7.5User Rating

We have to warn you, readers: This issue stinks! Seriously! Like, unpleasant odors are literally in the story! In this first-ever HQ ANNUAL, take a trip to Harley's home of Coney Island in a groundbreaking "scent-ticular" issue, featuring actual, honest-to-gosh smells. This issue comes polybagged to contain the stench.

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Kate Kane Oct 30, 2014

    Hands down Harley Quinn Annual#1 absolutely takes the cake on what lengths that crazy woman goes to saving her best friend. Creating more bizarre roommates for her apartment block, Harley really does try to make the best out of every situation in her own clown-like style. I recommend everyone pick up multiple copies so you can scratch and sniff to your hearts content! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Shadowhawk's Shade - AJ Nov 10, 2014

    This was a seriously good issue and I highly recommend it for the sheer fun value of it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Richard Gray Nov 3, 2014

    Far from being a cheap and quirky cash-in, Harley Quinn Annual #1 embodies everything that is still fun in comic books. A collision of surrealist storytelling and exemplars of some of the more interesting artists working in the field, this has more than a whiff of joyousness about it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Matt Santori Oct 29, 2014

    A crazy romp that proves, once again, how special the work Conner, Palmiotti, and company are doing is, and how amazing it is that DC lets it happen month after month. I scratched. I sniffed. I laughed. And Im ready to do it all over again. And fast, before the buzz wears off. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Oct 29, 2014

    There's no harm in DC churning out extra Harley Quinn comics as long as they're worth reading, and this issue most certainly is. It offers plenty of entertainment value, but also celebrates the Harley/Ivy relationship in a big way. The issue and its hallucination sequences also makes great use of the rotating artists. The "Rub n' Smell" technology is pretty gimmicky (as well as pointless for digital readers), but it certainly doesn't harm the book in any way. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Dark Knight News - Eric Joseph Oct 30, 2014

    As I said earlier, this is a fun read regardless if smelling the pages appeals to you or not. Sure, $5.99 is a little more of a commitment than your average comic, but this is money well spent for any Harley fan. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Oct 30, 2014

    Harley Quinn Annual #1 was pretty much what fans would expect...a zany, fun adventure with tons of jokes and the added bonus of the rub 'n smell gimmick thrown in for good measure.  Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti continue making this book the place to go for a good time and the art team lead by John Timms does a great job.   I hope the two guest stars stick around for the regular run because they both bring so much more fun to the book and I want more.  I guess we'll have to wait and see.  Smell ya later. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geeked Out Nation - Jess Camacho Oct 31, 2014

    “Harley Quinn Annual #1″ is overall a great story that fans of the series will have no trouble enjoying. It's a great issue artistically. Despite the rub ‘n' sniff gimmick maybe deterring readers who don't like gimmicks, it proves to be effective and doesn't bring down the issue in anyway. “Harley Quinn” is a book that you need in your life. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AiPT! - Jordan Richards Oct 29, 2014

    Harley Quinn Annual #1 was a pretty fun experience and ride from start to finish; the humor, the craziness, the creativity, the writing, the artwork and the rub 'n smell gimmick of it really made for one hell of an enjoyable comic. It's a bit more costly than your usual book admittedly, but if you've got the change on you and you are a fan of the characters, it's definitely worth your eyeballs' and nostrils' attention. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - ToriBee Oct 30, 2014

    Overall, it’s a fun issue, it doesn’t really advertise to be anything but— scratch and sniff! So it’s certainly worth the pick up, just to have a good comic that’s a breather from everything else that might be a little more dramatic right now. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Needless Essentials Online - Stan Ford Nov 3, 2014

    So do I recommend this issue? I do if you're a fan of Harley Quinn, Batman or Deadpool. If you're a Deadpool fan, then this is right up your alley. The regular series may not be. For me, I'm particularly not a fan of those characters, but I am a fan of Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti, so I'll give the regular series another issue or two to win me over. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Oct 29, 2014

    At the end of the day, this book is about quantity - it's not about what it has to offer as much as how much. This might be crass and it might be a cash-grab, but there's something charming about just how many different, great things this annual throws into one stinky package. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Oct 29, 2014

    Every once in a while, comic publishers try something different. With the different cover enhancements and themes DC has done in the past, it's fitting that we'd get a Rub 'N Smell comic. It's even more fitting that it comes from Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner. The rubbing "technology" used here works. You will smell different scents. Some will haunt you and linger in your nose after you've smelled. The story felt like it went on a little too long and having five different artists can be a bit much. But like the regular HARLEY QUINN series, the idea of a Rub 'N Smell gimmick is a welcomed one. Just as long as we don't have to do this again anytime soon. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Batman Universe - TBU Contributor Oct 29, 2014

    And a special thanks to Amanda, Jimmy and lil narrator Harley for sparing us the aromas of– Poo!– Prison Food!– Hairballs!Although I am kinda curious about those. But thats just me. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    DC Collectors - Wayland Smith Nov 8, 2014

    This book is a warped but enjoyable escape from the real world and the overall darker world of comics. If you can accept that, you should have fun with it. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Batman-News - Elena Carrillo Oct 30, 2014

    Bordering on a level of insanity that might feel excessive even for a Harley Quinn book, the story nevertheless has a strong throughline and is satisfyingly complete. On the downside, it's pricey and that stinks (pun thoroughly intended). Is it a must-buy? I think, if you're just a fringe fan, you can probably skip it, but if you're buying the regular series, you'll want to have a complete set. And if you decide not to pick this up, remember that we still have one more Harley special before the year is out (a holiday book coming in December). Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Spectrum - Gabe Bustamantez Nov 5, 2014

    The Harley Quinn Annual is a fun and silly stand alone story with a beginning, middle and an end that includes art from so many great artists. For a comic that is double the normal cover price the added element of the scents are fun and interesting and the extra pages are nice since you get to see so many great artists draw Harley for the first time. If you're at all interested in reading this issue with the addition of the 'Rub n Smell' gimmick then you will need to go buy yourself a physical copy of this issue, since that may be the only way to get the added effects of the scents. It's an interesting notion and seems to be the main selling point justifying the $5.99 cover price, so if it's “cool to you” look for this at your local shop. while it's still available Read Full Review

  • 6.6
    Major Spoilers - Chris Wilson Nov 3, 2014

    Harley Quinn Annual #1 is the equivalent to a loud fart. It's funny, smelly but once the initial fun and amusement wear off, it's gone and forgettable. I had fun with the issue but found that the gimmick of sniffing the pages as well as anticipating the weed scent overshadowed my following of the story. Once you actually pay attention, much of the book is filler and an excuse to service the selling point. The artwork is fantastic and blends with the story nicely, making it the best element of the issue. It isn't worth spending $5.99 on a comic with mediocre story just to smell pot though. I can usually work a day at the store, have someone come in smelling like it and smell it for free. I'd probably get the same looks I got while sniffing the comic too. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Oct 31, 2014

    All in all, like Deadpool for Marvel Comics, "Harley Quinn Annual" #1 is a goofy, light-hearted release from oppressive comic books burdened with tie-ins and events. There's weird smells, funny one-liners, strung out gags and bizarre DC Comics historical connections that, truly, shouldn't happen anywhere else. Conner and Palmiotti are definitely having fun with this book and it shines through in every wacky panel of "Harley Quinn Annual" #1. Their irreverent romp through the DC Universe is enjoyable and refreshing, even if it gets uncomfortably, awkwardly weird from time to time. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Newsarama - George Marston Oct 30, 2014

    With a plot centered entirely around forcing the smells of suntan lotion, pizza, and yes, marijuana into the narrative, and jokes so unfunny as to seem purposefully tone-deaf, Harley Quinn Annual #1 is a gimmick at best, and at worst, a sad excuse to get Joe Quinones and Ben Caldwell's art in the same comic. Read Full Review

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