Villain of the Year: Harley Quinn #1

Writer: Mark Russell Artist: Mike Norton Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: December 11, 2019 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 13 User Reviews: 17
7.8Critic Rating
7.6User Rating

Harley Quinn hosts "Villainy's Biggest Night" as the DCU's most dastardly gather at the Hall of Doom to do what they do best-congratulate themselves! But one villain has a secret plan, fueled by years of being overlooked by his peers, and the burning desire to receive the praise he so rightly deserves... Don't miss out on a one-of-a-kind comic book experience, with the winners decided by you, the fans! Who will be crowned DC's Villain of the Year? Go to for more information!

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Dec 11, 2019

    My main question about Harley Quinn: Villain of the Year #1 is, how does DC keep letting Mark Russell get away with this? This comic isn't just a reveal of the winners of DC's month of online voting tying in with Year of the Villain, it's the funniest send-up of their entire line of comics I've seen in a while. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Dec 13, 2019

    I really like the art by Mike Norton here. It is expressive and fluid but not overly cartoonish. This is some of his best work. I loved this very much. It was a pretty decent and unexpectedly fun read. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Kendra Hale Dec 14, 2019

    Harley Quinn's Villain Of The Year #1 maybe just a one-shot comic, but I hope it is something they decide to do traditionally. It was a rare treat to some fluff amid what has been some serious times in the Harley Quinn universe. I for one was happy to have some respite. For me, I give it a 9 out of 10 for the sole purpose that I wanted just a bit more from it but all in all, it was enjoyable and well worth the read. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Dec 11, 2019

    I had a blast with this issue. It's one of the funniest forays in the Year of the Villain and harnesses the award show appeal very well. This is yet another example of Russell delivering comedic commentary on society and Mike Norton carrying those ideas forward cleanly and comedically. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Batman-News - Matina Newsom Dec 11, 2019

    As another in a long line of tie ins to DC's Year of the Villain event, I found this book to be the most fun out of them all. Its biting humor and unrepentant jabs at current comics events and societal norms made it something I thoroughly enjoyed reading. It could have done more, but it's solid in its execution for what it is: an awards show styled issue where DC's most vital villains come together to celebrate themselves. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Black Nerd Problems - Khadjiah Johnson Dec 11, 2019

    Villain of The Year is like the (early 2000s) Kids Choice Awards meets the anger of Kanye West when Taylor Swift won that award over Beyonc. Just imagine all of that fun energy with the aura of a side eye through the whole night. That's the best way to describe the movements from the creative team. I would love to see more issues like this, each with a chaotic neutral host that brings out the personality of these villains Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Chase Magnett Dec 11, 2019

    Like all of the other "Year of the Villain" installments, this feels entirely unnecessary, but it is a whole lot of fun. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Sequential Planet - Alexander Cole Dec 18, 2019

    This is an enjoyable book. Like most specials it's not going to blow anyones mind but the characters are handled well, the story is decent for this kind of book and the art fits the comedic tone very well. A solid read. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    You Don't Read Comics - Russ Bickerstaff Dec 12, 2019

    Superhero comedy rarely works very well. Supervillain comedy? It almost works here. It may not be brilliant, and for the most part, there really isnt anything to laugh at here, but its a fun, little bit of strangeness for the end of the year. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Batman Universe - Tony Hammack Dec 12, 2019

    I really wanted Kite Man to make an appearance. He tries so hard. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Major Spoilers - Christopher Rondeau Dec 12, 2019

    In this issue, we see her strength and intelligence in solving this simple crime by incorporating a very important idea. Pay attention to the small stuff. Read Full Review

  • 6.4
    Comic Watch - Nicholas Osborn Dec 16, 2019

    Harley Quinn: Villain of the Year #1 has a few redeeming qualities, but not enough to make it a worthwhile issue in the event's already overloaded lineup. i Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    But Why Tho? - Cidnya Dec 11, 2019

    Harley Quinn: Villain of the Year #1 is overall, disappointing. There is so much potential to make this a fun addition for lovers of both Harley Quinn and some of the best villains in all of the DCU. With floundering humor and a lackluster script, this 4.99 title feels more aligned with a cash grab than a fun experience for readers who engaged in the vote. Read Full Review

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