Harley Quinn Valentine's Day Special #1
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Harley Quinn Valentine's Day Special #1

Writer: Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti Artist: John Timms, Ben Caldwell, Aaron Campbell, Thony Silas, Paul Mounts, Hi-Fi Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: February 11, 2015 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 3
8.3Critic Rating
7.5User Rating

Love is in the air in New York City! The planet's richest bachelor, Bruce Wayne, is in town for a charity auction - and the highest bidder gets a date with Mr. Tall, Dark, and Brooding! Good thing Harley Quinn just came into some money (please, whatever you do, don't ask how). But can Bruce really spend a night with Harley without her learning how he spends his nights?

  • 9.6
    Word Of The Nerd - Daniel Kalban Feb 13, 2015

    The Harley Quinn Valentine's Day Special is a wonderfully surreal tale of love, lust, and comedy. Plenty of laughs abound in these pages, and I hope there will be many more of these specials in the months to come. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Feb 11, 2015

    This is yet another great special issue of Harley Quinn.  Maybe it's just me, but Harley and Valentine's Day seem to go together in a sadistic, twisted and awesome way.  Throw in a campy filled issue that could have been lifted from a Batman '66 episode (that could never, ever be aired) and you've got yourself an issue that I can easily recommend to any Harley, Batman or comic fan out there.  Happy Valentine's Day. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geeked Out Nation - Jess Camacho Feb 11, 2015

    "Harley Quinn Valentine's Day Special" #1 is a real treat that goes above and beyond when it comes to comedy. By being light on continuity there's a true standalone quality to the issue and to the series as a whole so every time a new issue is out, I will recommend it to everyone who likes fun. A lot of new DC books are coming out very soon and if you want a taste of what you can expect from some of them in regards to tone, this is the one to check out now. This is a great issue that continues to prove why "Harley Quinn" is one of the can't miss ongoings in comics today. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Batman-News - Elena Carrillo Feb 12, 2015

    Like most of the Harley Quinn specials to date, this is a fun diversion that takes Harley through multiple adventures within the context of a single goal, but I would say this one rises above the rest with a lot of humor, a lot of heart, a lot of Harley hammer action, and even some mushy smooching. But don't let the smooching scare you. Now can we get a bona fide Harley/Batman team up? Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Batman Universe - TBU Contributor Feb 12, 2015

    The Harley Quinn monthly series has been inconsistent at best. However, the holiday specials have been unfailingly top notch. The Valentines Day special excels in every possible manner. Seeing the writing ability in this special gives me hope that the monthly series will take a turn for the better in the very near future. Until that time, keep the holiday specials coming because they truly allow Harley to shine. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Feb 11, 2015

    Any fan of the ongoing Harley Quinn series would do well to pick up this latest special. Not only does it offer the series' first real interaction between Harley and the Dark Knight, it delivers a wacky romp of a story that consistently entertains and makes great use of the rotating team of artists. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Matt Santori Feb 11, 2015

    Yet another funny and surprisingly warm chapter in the wacky narrative that is Harley Quinn, this Valentines Day Special gives us a great self-contained story with its own pace and flair. And to top it off, as a great place to highlight a few artists we rarely see on the DC Comics page, this issue is once again a sure bet for the pull list. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Loukas Feb 17, 2015

    Is Batman a good kisser? What about Bruce Wayne? Now, those of us among the cognoscenti are aware that the individuals in question are, in fact, one and the same. Or are they? The difference between Bruce Wayne and the Caped Crusader, whether due to acting skills or mental illness or, as long-time Batman readers tend to suspect, a combination of both, has not really been a subject of exploration in the New 52. It is appropriate enough, given that the New 52 appears to be in its waning days in terms of labelling if not continuity, that this oversight be rectified in the pages of the New 52's most surprising hit comic. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    The Latest Pull - Feb 13, 2015

    Overall, this issue proves why Harley Quinn has become such a popular DC character, as great writers and artists get together to make something that is funny and entertaining at the same time. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Feb 11, 2015

    Since the start of Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti's HARLEY QUINN series, we've been seeing a slight departure in the New 52 Universe. The writing duo is having a blast writing Harley and it shows when you read their books. You sometimes hear from some people that this isn't the Harley they knew. That's what makes the series fun and different. Having a different tone from other New 52 books lets this book stand apart and breath on its own. With a Valentine's Day theme involving Bruce Wayne, you know it's going to be some big time kooky fun. The art by John Timms is great and we also get some dream sequences with art by Ben Caldwell and Aaron Campbell. This is the sort of book that allows you sit back and simply have a good time while you read it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - Jordan Richards Feb 11, 2015

    Harley Quinn Valentine's Day Special #1 is good, but not as great as previous one-shots that Harley's had in the past. It features plenty of humor and great moments, but just as many scenes or characters that are really not necessary/nor add any real good bits to the book. Oh well, it's still worth a look and your time, but it's not on par with the Comic-Con or Annual issue from the past. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    DC Collectors - Wayland Smith Feb 14, 2015

    In general, it's really not my type of read, but Conner and Palmiotti have completely won me over in spite of my usual preference for the more serious hero books. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Doom Rocket - Molly Jane Kremer Feb 16, 2015

    The art is good " very good " and the oft-jarring nature of having four artists on one book is alleviated by having two of the artists work on dream sequences. The aforementioned Harley dream is illustrated by the great Ben Caldwell, and it's stylish and stylized cartooning of the highest order; the Bruce Wayne dream-sequence " a strangely light-hearted one for the Bat " is illustrated by Aaron Campbell and Hi-Fi, and has a much more realistic look. Paul Mounts' incomparably vibrant coloring also helps tie the main pages by artist John Timms into the other's, giving everything in the issue a seamless flow. While I still miss the Harley I grew up with (and I probably always will), this Special makes my loss ache just that much less. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - ToriBee Feb 12, 2015

    For a Valentine’s special, it hit its mark. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Richard Gray Feb 12, 2015

    Harley fans will truly dig it, and already be in line for the inevitable National Peanut Day Special just in time for September 13. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson Feb 12, 2015

    Conner and Palmiotti's plot is a little contrived; Harley's burning desire to go out on a date with Bruce comes from seemingly nowhere, and Bruce's willingness to help the two villains who kidnap him seems kind of convenient. Still, it fits within the tone of their lighthearted story, and the feel-good resolution is in better keeping with the holiday embedded in the comic's title than some kind of grim and hurtful ending. "Harley Quinn Valentine's Day Special" #1 is a fun, harmless ode to this day of romance. Read Full Review

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