DC Comics/DC Black Label
Written by Stjepan Sejic
Art by Stjepan Sejic
Letters by Gabriela Downie
The Rundown: Young psychiatrist Harleen Quinzell has a theory about the nature of criminality and it will be tested in more ways than one.
Harley thinks back to the moments that shaped her into who she became and the story centers on an idealistic young researcher who believes that there is a correlation between criminality and the deterioration of empathy. As she presents her findings to a group of seemingly bored potential funders, she becomes disillusioned by the experience and a run in with the Joker and his gang fills her with nightmares that she feels she needs to work through.
When a new opportunity presents itself to test her theories, she takes it and finds herself working at Akrham Asylum with Hugo Strange. Her interviews go the way one would suspect and when her obsession with Joker grows, she seeks to learn more about him. Her collision course with destiny begins with the best of intentions.
The Story: Stjepan Sejic tells the story of the creation of Harley Quinn and her twisted connection to the Joker. Unfortunately, that story has been told so many times in so many different ways that there doesn’t seem to be anything either innovative or new about this. I like how this story is told visually and there are some interesting moments like the confrontation between Harleen and Harvey Dent. I do like that Batman takes a backseat in this story, but I’ve seen this story before.
The Art: The art is phenomenal. I love how this story looks visually.