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Harley Quinn #1

Writer: Stephanie Phillips Artist: Riley Rossmo Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: March 24, 2021 Critic Reviews: 20 User Reviews: 24
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Ahem! You better read this closely, ’cause we’ve got a red-hot relaunch on our hands here-and I should know! Harley Quinn here to let everyone know that I got a brand-new monthly series here with a brand-new status quo. I’m coming back to Gotham City to make up for the sins of my past, and help the city recover from “The Joker War”!
But there’s no welcoming committee waiting for me, your favorite Maid of Mischief! And between you and me, some real creeps are working to keep the city broken. We can’t let that happen, can we? Rising-star writer Stephanie Phillips, my new partner in crime, takes me into a bold new era with h more

  • 9.0
    ComicBook.com - Nicole Drum Mar 24, 2021

    It is a truly great issue and one that welcomes long-time Harley Quinn fans and prepares to win over plenty of new ones. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Mar 23, 2021

    The colorful, slightly surreal art is a great fit, and Harley getting to use her psychologist background is a nice change of pace from the last few runs. It looks pretty good that this run is going to continue the winning streak of longer Harley runs for the last few years. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Mar 23, 2021

    Harley Quinn #1 is a promising start to a new volume of Harley's adventures. Stephanie Phillips has already started building a fascinating story. I look forward to seeing what she has in store for Harleen Quinzel in the coming months. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - Chris Showalter Mar 23, 2021

    Ultimately, Harley Quinn #1 is an excellent introduction to the series and its new status quo. This issue's success is due to Stephanie Phillips' expert approach to Harley's characterization and Riley Rossmo's beautiful artwork. With such an excellent first issue, we can only hope that, like Harley, the entire creative team is ready to call Gotham home. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - James Caudill Mar 25, 2021

    Between the art in this book by Rossmo, the colors by Plascencia, and the writing by Phillips this is certainly a truly phenomenal first issue for the new run. I can not wait for the second issue of this book and see where Harley goes in this story. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Comic Watch - Cody White Mar 23, 2021

    It's a fresh-ish start and a redemption arc for Dr. Harleen Quinzel in Harley Quinn #1 and the sky is the limit! From #DCComics @Steph_Smash @rileyrossmo1 @ivanplascencia @deronbennett ! Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Graphic Policy - Brett Mar 23, 2021

    Harley Quinn #1 is the first Harley comic that has me hooked in to really check out what's next. I like Phillips' take on the character and mixed with the art, it has a fun punch to it all. It's a fresh start for the character and is a solid jumping-on point for new readers and a pivot point for long-time fans. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Mar 23, 2021

    Harley fans will definitely love this debut issue of the new creative team, but this is also an ideal jumping on point for readers uncertain of their feelings on Harleys redemption arc. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weird Science - Gabe Hernandez Mar 23, 2021

    Bits and Pieces:Harley Quinn #1 takes the silly, billy, oh-so-wacky version of Harley and puts her through her paces as a recovering addict resisting the urge to break stuff. If you can get past the uber-stylistic art and the over-the-top Harley persona, this has the makings of an interesting take on the character. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    But Why Tho? - William Tucker Mar 23, 2021

    Harley Quinn #1 is an energetic start to a new series. There is a unique art style that absolutely captures the tone of the issue. Harley is starting again, but there is also a recognition of history. Batman as a guest star within this series is a fantastic foil to Harleys positivity. Phillips provides a fresh take on both heroes, adding new attributes to their personalities. At the same time, they are authentic and their voices are natural. The book relying less on chaos and madness shows just how much Harley has changed over the years. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Oscar Maltby Mar 23, 2021

    Overall, this is a strong start for the next chapter in Harley Quinn's life. Freshly established as an honorary member of the Bat-Family with her own sidekick, Harley is finally completing her turn from villain to fully-fledged and card-carrying good guy. Riley Rossmo's artwork is filled with weird character, matching the book's tone, although its heavy stylization might not be to everyone's taste. Between 'Future State' and this opening salvo, Writer Stephanie Phillips has more than proven she's got a handle on Harley. Accompanied by Rossmo's eccentric eye, Harley Quinn #1 has all the beginnings of a memorable run. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Super Powered Fancast - Timala Elliott Mar 23, 2021

    Riley Rossmo uses a youthful and detailed style of drawing for this issue. The panels are then set off by the bold and brilliant coloring of Ivan Plascencia. The combination invokes a wild and fantastical world that perfectly fits with the mindset of the protagonist. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Kendra Hale Mar 26, 2021

    I'm definitely going to be along for the ride. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Colin Tessier Mar 23, 2021

    In her latest solo adventure, Harley Quinn tries to fight the good fight, but her past just won't let her go. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Batman-News - Brian Warshaw Mar 23, 2021

    Harley Quinn #1 is a solid"dare I say strong?"relaunch to a title that needed it. Some fans may have a problem with the clear shift in allegiance, but if you keep an open mind, you might be surprised. And with plenty of fun and frenetic visual hijinks, there's a lot to entice you to take that chance. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Mar 27, 2021

    The new Harley Quinn comic is off to a good start, with some solid story ideas, some solid characterization and some truly wild artwork. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Mar 28, 2021

    Harley Quinn #1 is a fun ride from beginning to end. Stephanie Phillips and Riley Rossmo do a good job in using the post-Joker War state of Gotham City to show us how Harley Quinn factors into all of that. While the fun, chaotic side of the character is a big focus there is depth given Harley Quinn's current direction with Phillips establishing the groundwork for several storylines that will grab the readers attention. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Batman Universe - Daniel Goldberg Mar 24, 2021

    I very much enjoyed Phillips' Harley in DC Future State, and the opening issue of Harley's own book is a lively start. I am drawn to the deeper emotional states for Harley, which the main book plumbed well at the end of the Ghost-Maker arc. I look forward to seeing these explored further, but the dialogue with Batman is excellent, and this is a promising beginning. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Critical Blast - RJ Carter Mar 26, 2021

    Phillips has the patter down pat, but Rossmo's pencils may be a little too frenetic for my taste, at least for an in-universe series. The setup has potential, but it's potential we've seen ignited in the past, only to lose momentum. Perhaps this time might be the charm, or perhaps the character is simply better suited to being the bad girl. Only time -- and sales -- will tell. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    COMICON - Richard Bruton Mar 30, 2021

    Stephanie Phillips and Riley Rossmo‘s new Harley Quinn gives us plenty of fun with an all-new Harley wanting to turn over a new leaf and say sorry to a hell of a lot of people.It's by no means a perfect first issue, but it's certainly setting up what could be a good series. It might be too slight an issue, with not enough meat on the bones of the story – but at least it's entertainingly slight, getting the silly, the sad and the mad of Harley's character pretty much right, all through some great looking artwork. Read Full Review

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