Harley Quinn and the Birds of Prey #1

Writer: Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti Artist: Amanda Conner Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: February 12, 2020 Cover Price: $5.99 Critic Reviews: 21 User Reviews: 20
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6.1User Rating

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The creative team that transformed Harley Quinn forever returns to shake up her world once more-and this time, the gloves are off!  Harley Quinn has avoided Gotham City ever since she broke up with The Joker and found a home, and a kind of family, in Coney Island. But when she gets an offer she can't refuse, she has no choice but to slip back into the city as quietly as she can, hoping to be gone before anyone - especially her ex - learns she's been there. But for Harley, "as quietly as she can" is plenty loud... and before she can say "Holee bounty hunters, Batman," The Joker's sicced more

  • 10
    Dark Knight News - Kendra Hale Feb 19, 2020

    Harley Quinn and The Birds of Prey #1 gives an amazing first step, a taster. I look forward to devouring this series whole and being satisfied and happy along the way. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    GWW - Deron Generally Feb 12, 2020

    Conner does some amazing with the art in this issue. All of the characters look amazing and Harley is drawn with a radiant energy that makes all of the panels featuring her seem brighter in comparison. There are some awesomely detailed backgrounds as well and I love the humor infused into the visuals. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    SciFiPulse - Ian Cullen Feb 19, 2020

    A fun read with a lot of cameos and guest spots from some well down DC Heroes and Villians. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Comic Watch - Nicholas Osborn Feb 15, 2020

    The long awaited return of Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti pays off in a big way with Harley Quinn and the Birds of Prey #1, a spectacular story that is incredibly heartfelt and of course, wacky as hell! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Feb 12, 2020

    The tone of Harley Quinn and the Birds of Prey #1 is very similar to the movie " Harley at her most charmingly unhinged, a ragtag group of heroines backing her up, a loathsome crime-lord villain, and a distinctly R-rated bent " but it has a light touch that delivers the perfect dose of absurdity. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Rogues Portal - Michael Thao Feb 12, 2020

    Harley Quinn and the Birds of Prey #1 largely provides setup and background for new fans, and, though this approach may simply be a rehash to longtime fans regarding where Conner and Palmiotti left off with the character, it is a welcome return as the issue stays engaging and humorous throughout. And though the other half of the title doesn't get much time in the story, it becomes clear by the end of the issue that Conner and Palmiotti are ready to hit the gas petal on Harley's adventure with the Birds of Prey. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Feb 12, 2020

    Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner send a filthy-mouthed, and bloody love letter to fans of their run, and while I question the Birds of Prey bit so far, it looks like that will pick up next issue.  The gang's all here, and Amanda Conner's art is worth the price of admission... you can count Palmiotti's beaver jokes and F-bombs as a bonus! Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Feb 12, 2020

    There is a lot of content in this book and it's well worth the extra cost of $5.99. All told it's 36 pages of content and those are dense pages. There are multiple action sequences, good bits of dialogue, jokes to be had, and a fun narrative structure. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Feb 18, 2020

    It's certainly not gonna be for everyone, but much like Deadpool, Harley transitions well to working blue. Even if the story moves a bit too fast with a bit too much adult content, the beautiful art hits the spot. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Connor Casey Feb 12, 2020

    Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti are back to to working on Harley Quinn again, and if you liked their previous runs you'll feel right at home with Harley Quinn & The Birds of Prey #1. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Feb 19, 2020

    The issue is packed with cameos. Along with Power Girl, Huntress and Cassandra Cain showing up on the train to support our girl, Harley also gets an unexpected welcome to Gotham. With Harley back in Gotham, where the Joker is waiting, it's likely the madcap action has just begun. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Feb 15, 2020

    The energy, violence and gorgeous artwork more than make up for the awkward movie tie-in aspects of this comic. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Feb 12, 2020

    Laying all my cards on the table, I am not a huge Harley fan, although her interaction with Batgirl was probably the best thing that came out of Heroes in Crisis. With all that said, I understand that Harley is a huge character and a major part of DC's universe, with a popularity that rivals even Batman himself. So, even though she isn't my favourite character, I can safely say that for fans, there is plenty too lick in this book. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Batman-News - Joshua McDonald Feb 12, 2020

    Harley Quinn & the Birds of Prey #1 is a balls-to-the-wall, action-packed, hilariously vulgar comic! Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti return to what fans loved so much about their original run on Harley Quinn, and find ways to mix it up a little with some f-bombs, gore, and the Birds of Prey. If you're a fan of Harley Quinn or Palmiotti/ Conner, you won't want to sleep on this one! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson-Adams Feb 12, 2020

    At the end of the day, while this is likely to be something of a tough sell for Harley haters, as well as bearing little-to-no resemblance to its big screen counterpart, fans of the character and Palmiotti and Conners iconic take on her are going to be in absolute heaven. Even as a self-confessed Harleyskeptic, I still found myself chuckling at a lot of the gags here, and Conner and Mounts action sequences are almost worth the cover price alone. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Colin Tessier Feb 12, 2020

    This story has potential and Conner's art is generally fun to look at, but it flaunts the comic's R-rating. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    But Why Tho? - Cidnya Feb 12, 2020

    Overall, the artwork in this issue stuns in its bright and colorful adventure but tonally the script does not follow suit. This DC Black Label book is a conflicting letdown for even a devoted Harley Quinn fan like myself. It is very apparent that they used the DC Black Label to push the envelopes on how violent and crass they could make this book via its script. While I appreciated this creative team's work on Harley during the new 52, Harley Quinn and the Birds of Prey #1 fails to live up to that expectation and flounders over the push to make it more “adult”. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Sequential Planet - Ethan Maddux Feb 19, 2020

    Harley Quinn and The Birds of Prey #1 disappoints me. The talent is there, the characters are there, but I just feel nothing reading it. If you're a fan of the previous Harley Quinn book by the same creators then I'm certain there's a lot to love here, but unfortunately, I'm not one of those people. If you're someone like me and looking for a fresh start, you won't get it here. The incredible talent of Amanda Conner does, however, still make the book worth the purchase despite it all. The characters in the title alone should make me come back to give issue two a shot, but I'm honestly not sure that I will.  Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    DC Comics News - Matthew Lloyd Feb 13, 2020

    I surmise that Harley Quinn fans will find a lot to like in this comic. If you aren't really into the character, though, or aren't ready for some very coarse humor, I don't think there's a lot here for you. As a long time Birds of Prey fan, the comic doesn't really deliver. Like the film, it's a Harley Quinn vehicle with Helena conforming to a portrayal that fits what is in the film as opposed to a depiction that is congruent with the comics. Technically, Conner and Palmiotti get the job done, but the concept is unwanted from the beginning. These two intellectual properties don't belong together and there's nothing to bring the reader back for #2. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - Kat Calamia Feb 14, 2020

    Overall, If you wanted more of Harley Quinn after watching Margot Robbie's version of the character, then Harley Quinn and The Birds of Prey #1 will be able to whet your appetite, but this may not satisfy fans solely looking to fill the void for a Birds of Prey series. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Feb 12, 2020

    Fans of the Conner/Palmiotti run of Harley Quinn will find more to chew on than those jumping in with no familiarity. If you're someone looking for more Harley after seeing her new film or just curious about the character, you be better served by the beginning of their run than this awkward attempt to summarize their previous work and then move forward with it Read Full Review

  • 10
    RyanSmith28 Feb 12, 2020

    Don’t listen to Mr. 5 Paragraphs, he hates everything, it was really enjoyable

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  • 3.0
    Nihilist Feb 12, 2020

    Karl Marx once said "history repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce", and it'd take special kind of "genius" to dissagree with that. You see, DC and WB failed with Suicide Squad in 2016 - a movie so bad, it has become a running joke despised by everyone and their moms, panned for its Hot Topic trailer trash aethetic, Joker and Harley having scribbles tattooed on their damn faces, and lack of any real script connecting (awful) scenes together. It was very much a tragedy for the DCEU, already hit hard by BvS' fiasco. One that basically solidified DCEU's status of a terrible, terrible franchise with no hope for the future.
    Fast forward to 2020, WB released Birds of Prey, which bombed so hard in the box office, Middle Eastern ci more

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  • 2.5
    Darkseid24 Feb 12, 2020

    Just terrible. The dialogue is bad& the story is nonsense. I haven‘t watched BoP yet, but I really hope the movie is better than this. I am also asking myself, why this is Black Label- because we see the half naked ass of a guy? Another reason, why BL is a joke.

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  • 8.0

    I didn't think I would miss this version of the character, but seeing this world and cast again did feel a bit nice. If you cannot stand immature Deadpool Harley, probably skip this one.

    Reading this really shows how much more emotional depth and maturity has come to Sam Humphries run as of recently.

    Side note: I legit thought this was a one-shot before finishing it. Guess I was thinking the Azzarello book.

  • 6.0
    Adsun22 Feb 13, 2020

    Disappointing but maybe it'll get better.

  • 2.0
    KFuqua Feb 12, 2020

    Truly awful.

  • 9.0
    morganstark Jul 6, 2020

  • 8.0
    tonpas1989 Jun 26, 2020

  • 7.5
    Grifter Feb 12, 2020

  • 7.5
    Watchtower022 Feb 12, 2020

  • 7.5
    darkfire369 Feb 13, 2020

  • 7.5
    KittyNone Jun 23, 2020

  • 7.0
    PaisleyFlashpants Feb 13, 2020

  • 7.0
    Deathsnow Jun 26, 2020

  • 6.5
    sebastianorellana95 Feb 12, 2020

  • 6.5
    cff87 Feb 15, 2020

  • 5.5
    haniballecto Jun 22, 2020

  • 5.0
    pablo Feb 13, 2020

  • 3.0
    Silver Rocket Feb 24, 2020

  • 2.5
    Tizze Feb 17, 2020

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