Harley Quinn #1

Harley Quinn #1

Writer: Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti Artist: Chad Hardin Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: August 3, 2016 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 24 User Reviews: 37
7.5Critic Rating
7.4User Rating

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"Die Laughing" part one! Welcome back to Harley Quinn's crazy world on Coney Island...now get ready to wave goodbye, because everyone there just might get eaten alive! Harley's gotta protect her neighborhood against an all-out zombie apocalypse! Break out the chainsaws, everybody!

  • 10
    Big Comic Page - Jules Boyle Aug 4, 2016

    Harley Quinn might be in danger of overexposure this year, but as long as the quality is this strong, it won't matter. Amazing. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AiPT! - David Brooke Aug 3, 2016

    A perfect introduction to Harley and her friends, a fun wildcard that kicks off an action packed crazy plot, and good art too. Harley Quinn is fun and filled with surprises. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Joseph Aug 3, 2016

    It's well known that I love this creative team, so I'm sticking around. To try to sound as objective as possible, I wouldn't doubt if this is among the best books to launch in August. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Aug 6, 2016

    Harley Quinn is an incredibly fun and bombastic comic with one of the best casts you've ever seen. This new relaunch is a solid, entertaining start to a hopefully equally enjoyable run. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Heroes Direct - Eammon Jacobs Aug 7, 2016

    Harley Quinn#1 is a weird and wonderful comic, it doesn't take itself too seriously – and like most new issues from DC, is a great starting point for new readers. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Geeked Out Nation - Jess Camacho Aug 3, 2016

    “Harley Quinn” #1 is a nice start that allows new readers to get involved in the fun. The ridiculousness is at an all time high but that's the fun of reading this series. Sometimes, that's exactly what comic books needs. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weird Science - Reggie Hemingway Aug 3, 2016

    Despite the renumbering, this issue makes it perfectly clear that nothing has changed in Harley Quinn and things have picked up directly from the previous issue. Pretty much everyone makes a cameo in this issue, but the actual story is mainly dedicated to three members of Harley's massive cast of characters. Due to a big explanatory section at the beginning, this is the perfect spot to jump on the series. Longtime fans won't have to feel cheated because the story is classic Harley Quinn fun. A win-win for everyone! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicosity - Emma Houxbois Aug 3, 2016

    In a genre that mostly subsists on shock and spectacle, pacing itself out as an endless series of sprints, Team Harley is running a marathon that has no interest in exhausting either themselves or the audience before theyre through. Its an example that both DC and Marvel ought to pay serious attention to, especially considering that the mindset has expanded Harley Quinn from a single breakaway hit into three spin off miniseries and a handful of top selling specials and annuals. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    GWW - Sarah Payne-mills Aug 7, 2016

    Aside from a brief halt in the story when Harley launches into her backstory, this rebirth comic is pretty solid. Having the full creative team from previous issues definitely helps keep Harley's character authentic. The dynamic between Red Tool and Harley is great, and the zombie storyline is fun. Overall, DC has done a good job with this rebirth, and it doesn't seem like Harley's appeal is wearing off anytime soon. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Batman-News - Elena Carrillo Aug 3, 2016

    There's no rest for the wicked! Harley Quinn may have closed out its series with issue No. 30 last week, but it's back with a new No. 1 and the writing team of Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti effectively invite new readers while giving us a taste of the cracky sort of adventure endemic to this series. Harley and the Red Tool team up to battle zombies with one very big, very unexpected turn of events. Though I have a feeling everything's going to somehow work out okay in the end, it's edge-of-the-seat fun to think about how they're going to resolve this one. Red Tool may have started off as a blatant Deadpool parody, but he has since proven to be a hilarious foil for Harley's newfound independence from the Joker. I hope he'll be around for a long time to come. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Graphic Policy - Logan Dalton Aug 3, 2016

    If you like your plotting style picaresque and your humor grotesque,Harley Quinn#1 is still the comic for you as Harley paints Brooklyn red and black with friendship, a little bit of carnage (Towards the undead types and Red Tool.) , and way too many pets. Also, its cliffhanger is the setup for a joke and builds suspense for the next issue because everyone loves a comic book that has both drama and comedy. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Konrad Aug 3, 2016

    This issue is fantastic, as I'm sure the whole series to follow will be. Harley Quinn‘s pages are bound to be stocked full of interesting and odd characters. Harley is going to have such peculiar and interesting connectionsso that even without the action, this would be a good read. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Aug 3, 2016

    With everything changing in the DCU lately, Harley Quinn remains the one constant. But that's not a bad thing. Other than the annoying and overlong recap sequence midway through, this issue offers an enjoyably silly new adventure for Harley and a celebration of some of the key friendships in her life. And thanks to the art team, the new series looks every bit as snazzy as the old. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Bounding Into Comics - Jorge Arena Aug 16, 2016

    Harley Quinn #1 is some good fun. From one thing to the next, the story seems to go as quick as Harley's chaotic mind, which for me was a nice way to keep my attention. The writing is pretty good, though the beginning felt rushed. Luckily it improves as the story progresses. The art and the coloring are both flashy and on point with the character, and provides some solid footing for new readers as well as veterans to enjoy. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Fortress of Solitude - Jacques Cloete Aug 3, 2016

    Artist Chad Hardin keeps all the visuals in place from Harley's previous solo outing, opting rather for bright visuals and thin line work rather than the heavy shading and washed-out colors that have become synonymous with zombie-related comics. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Doom Rocket - Molly Jane Kremer Aug 4, 2016

    By the second half (in which a zombie outbreak descends upon Harley's Coney Island home) the pace picks up like crazy, making for a far more enriching reading experience. Chad Hardin's art, with Alex Sinclair on colors, bounces effortlessly between cute, sexy, weird, goofy, and violent, and a few times there are very distinctively (and lovely) Dodson-esque vibes from his linework. Harley Quinn #1 is as off-kilter, off-color, silly, and sincere as the series has ever been. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Flickering Myth - Ricky Church Aug 5, 2016

    Chad Hardin's art combined with Alex Sinclair's colours make this a visually eye-popping book. Hardin's illustrations are light, almost like a cartoon, and Sinclair plays around with a lot of different colours as he alternates between light and dark settings. Harley Quinn #1 is definitely a pretty book to look at and is fun, but there also doesn't seem to be much of a change from The New 52 and the fact that its not entirely accessible to new readers somewhat hinders the enjoyment, but should still make for an entertaining read. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Oscar Maltby Aug 3, 2016

    Although there's nothing here to convert the unconvinced into fully-fledged Harleyholics, Harley Quinn #1 is a fun and dynamic comedy book with bright and attractive artwork. Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti have been holding firm with Harley Quinn for a long time now, and their grip is in no danger of loosening any time soon. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    Multiversity Comics - Liam Budd Aug 8, 2016

    A mixed start to the new series. Newbies and veterans will certainly find the beginning tedious though it does end on a high. In more ways than one. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    SnapPow.com - John McCubbin Aug 4, 2016

    Harley Quinn #1 isn't likely to win over new fans, but one thing it does do is set-up an intriguing set of events. It also gives us some dynamic Harley fun, and despite there being moments that feel convoluting, there was signs of a good story. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Source by SuperHeroStuff - Marc Buxton Aug 4, 2016

    Artist Chad Hardin channels a great deal of Amanda Conner into his visuals and character work, but he still has his own artistic identity making this one fun comic to look at. If youve been enjoying this book, youll still love it. If youre coming to the party because of the Suicide Squad film, you might be a bit confused because this Harley is way more Bugs Bunny than she is Mallory Knox, but youll still have a load of fun with the inherent wackiness of Harleys world. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Ryan.L Aug 3, 2016

    All in all, this is a rocky start to the new Harley Quinn series. If you are a hardcore Harley fan, no doubt you will be picking this up. Everyone else if you have some extra money and want to give it a shot by all mean do it, just don't expect it to blow you away like some of the other DC Comics Rebirth series have. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    The Pop Break - Marisa Carpico Aug 3, 2016

    Though we spend almost half the issue on flashbacks and unrequited Sapphic romances, the bulk of it focuses on a pretty bizarre zombie plot that has no apparent connection to either Harleys past or her desire for connection. Granted, the cause of Coney Island's sudden zombie infestation is wonderfully absurd (it involves a very hapless alien), it still feels like a sharpand sillyturn from the rest of the issue. While Conner and Palmiotti should be commended for trying to make a book thats an antidote to the rest of the rest of the DCUs gloomy self-seriousness, its disappointing they dont seem to have any higher aspiration for the character. After all, as Harley herself points out, she doesnt like playing the ditz. She only did it because thats the way the Joker liked her best. Its a shame her own series doesnt seem to respect that. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - belleburr Aug 3, 2016

    At least Chad Hardins artwork is excellent, doing a wonderful job of giving this storyline some much needed punch, with Alex Sinclair's vibrant colors and their combined fantasticcharacter work. Honestly this comic doesnt deserve artwork this good, but such it is. Read Full Review

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