Harley Quinn Holiday Special #1
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Harley Quinn Holiday Special #1

Writer: Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti Artist: Mauricet, Brandt Peters, Darwyn Cooke, Dave McCaig, Paul Mounts, Dave Stewart Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: December 10, 2014 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 7
7.6Critic Rating
7.5User Rating

We got you a present, comics fans - a gut-busting (sometimes literally) collection of short stories featuring Harley and her special brand of holiday cheer! Can she get through Christmas dinner without blowing something up? Who will survive the war of the department-store Santas? Don't miss this one - after all, you can't spell "holidays" without "Harley!" (Give or take a couple letters.)

  • 9.3
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Dec 10, 2014

    Conner and Palmiotti tone down the inappropriateness a bit to give three really good Holiday stories.  Harley is involved, so things still get nutty and hilarious, but it was a nice break for the Holiday Season.  All three artists do a great job and at the risk of sounding cheesy, this was a great early present for anyone who picks this issue up.  Highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Loukas Dec 13, 2014

    Reading these three tales gives you a warm feeling in your heart. True, part of it is the usual heartburn invoked quite deliberately by Harley's writers, and part of it is probably all those Christmas cookies you've eaten. But most of it is genuine humor coming from funny stories that treat the holidays with surprising reverence. The tales are perhaps a bit short and simplistic, and maybe a tad sentimental. But it's the time of year for such things and Harley, with the sure touch of an experienced therapist, hits the right tone effortlessly (and she doesn't even have to use her mallet). Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Batman Universe - TBU Contributor Dec 11, 2014

    Although many of the fantastical elements that make up the Harley Quinn series are present, this issue has more heart than most comics I have read in the last year. Fully capturing the holiday spirit, Conner and Palmiotti are able to explore many of the basic elements that make us human. A variety of artists add to the appeal of the issue, making it one that should not be missed this holiday season. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comicosity - Matt Santori Dec 10, 2014

    A fun romp through Christmas cheer with a character that may represent the best parts of good will and friendship after all, the Harley Quinn Holiday Special #1 is definitely what you want to find in your stocking this year. No, not that stocking. (Then again, why not? YOLO.) Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Word Of The Nerd - Daniel Kalban Dec 12, 2014

    Overall, this is a very strong, and very fun, holiday special issue. While the middle part might not be as strong as the other two, it's still far more fun than most holiday specials out there. It's sweet, it's funny, it's heartwarming".it's perfectly Harley Quinn. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Graphic Policy - Edward Wendt Dec 10, 2014

    In terms of quality this is probably a bit far off of what most readers expect out of mainstream superhero comics, although fans of the character are likely to find this issue exactly on mark. DC deserves some credit though for trying something a little different here. Although trying new directions was lauded as one of the inspirations of the new 52, it has often been absent, and despite the previous holiday themed special falling flat (the Young Justice Valentines Day special), it is evident here that at times DC does let its creative teams have a wider net in which to catch. This is by no means great comic writing, but it is quaint and fun, which is part of what Christmas is supposed to be about anyway. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Renee Montoya Dec 15, 2014

    I loved this issue. The only thing I didn't like really was story 2's art. I really did feel reluctant to read it, as it just wasn't the usual BOOM look. While chibi styles are cute I think Harley needs that adult look. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - Jordan Richards Dec 10, 2014

    Harley Quinn Holiday Special #1 is a fun anthology featuring Harley and the misadventures she gets into during the holiday season. While not every story is a total winner, there is still a lot of fun to be had. Plus, there's even some nice heart to the first story. I do recommend the issue regardless, as the first story and the artwork by Cooke are worth the price of admission. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    DC Collectors - Wayland Smith Dec 28, 2014

    This was fun, and made me smile. What more do you want from a holiday book about a crazy clown lady? Read Full Review

  • 7.4
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Dec 10, 2014

    Finally, Conner and Palmiotti team with the legendary Darwyn Cooke for a New Years-themed tale as Harley freaks out over a gray hair and searches for father Time. Not the actual DC character, but rather a hapless old man in a nursing home she mistakenly believes is the source of her current woes. This is Harley at her most ditzy and entertaining. And it goes without saying that Cooke's art is gorgeous. His style is a bit looser and more spartan than usual, but he still makes this strip pop[ with style and flair. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Dec 10, 2014

    The best part about "Harley Quinn Holiday Special" #1? The hope that in 12 months we'll get "Harley Quinn Holiday Special" #2 with a similarly strong line-up. For the casual comic fan, this is a perfect stocking stuffer to surprise and delight. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Batman-News - Elena Carrillo Dec 11, 2014

    Three stories is just not enough in this holiday special that feels like it could have spent a little more time celebrating the season. It is otherwise touching and touched in the head (as a Harley Quinn comic should be). Feels pricey, but to be honest, I love it for Amanda Conner's covers alone (colors by Paul Mounts [presents] and Alex Sinclair [New Year's]). Darwyn Cooke's detailing in "K!llin' T!me" is the standout of the artwork, but all three stories have their own particular charms. As with previous Harley Specials, I'm hoping this is the first of many holiday books to come! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Aaron Duran Dec 11, 2014

    It's a real shame the Darwyn Cooke installment of the Harley Quinn Holiday Special is one of the shortest. It's easily the best, with both Palimotti and Conner writing towards Cooke's strengths as a visual storyteller. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Doom Rocket - Jarrod Jones Dec 11, 2014

    Digging too deep into the subtext of a holiday special negates the point, I know. But DC seems so confident thatthey can print Harley Quinn in whatever comics they deem worthy, throwing her in everything from gimmicky annuals, superficial holiday issues, and team books that hold zero reverence for the character with impunity. As long as sheis allowed to wreak havoc in a world without substance or consequence, without holding dear towho she is, where she came from, and what makes her interesting, Harley Quinnceases to be a meaningful part of the DCU. Instead, like Marvel's Deadpool, she becomes a lampoon unto herself. And there's nothing funny about that. Read Full Review

  • 5.2
    Major Spoilers - Chris Wilson Dec 12, 2014

    There's not much to expect from Harley Quinn Holiday Special #1 and not much is what you get. That's not to say it's horrible, just a by the numbers holiday comic. New readers may find more to love and it could be a good introduction to the character and her title but long time readers will find nothing new. Everyone involved with the art does a great job and it goes a long way to helping enjoy a rather bland book. I was neither disappointed nor pleased after reading Harley Quinn Holiday Special #1. I just shrugged my shoulders and moved on. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jennifer Flatebo Dec 15, 2014

    Naturally she breaks into a house to check on one of them. She meets a little girl and gives her a life lesson in the only bubbly, terrifying way Harley can. The other two comics focus on Harley trying to get a "humbug" out of her ear (which is constantly singing Christmas songs on her ear) and trying to find "Father Time" because she found a grey hair. I do have to say that I always find Harley adorably crazy bit something about these three mini-comics had me wanting more. Read Full Review

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