10 : BATMAN: HARLEY QUINN
Ivy finds a beat up Harley Quinn lying amidst the rubble in No Man's Land.
Taking her back, she gets Harley to tell her the story of how she fell
in love with the Joker, gave up everything for him, only to have him try
to kill her! Ivy gives Harley a little extra zest, and our fave clown gal
is out for revenge - both on the B-Man and her Puddin'!! But Joker wises
up and says his sorry,and he and Harls get the last laugh on that Blasted
Harley's debut to mainstream
didn't let a single folk down (to my knowledge!) The art is beautiful,
the story glorious. By giving Harls a little extra edge suitable to her
mainstream settings, the relationship between her and the darker, eviller
mainstream Joker manages to work - esp. since in very much keeping with
Mistah J, he tries to kill her because he's fallin in love with her!HA!
The story is funny and bittersweet - a classic Joker/Harley romp. They
beat the crap out of each other, but a simple "sorry" is suffice to have
them back in each others arms! Drawings inspiration from Mad Love and Harley
and Ivy (Ivy makes an appearance, to everyone's delight!) the story gives
Harley her niche in mainstream, remains true to the characters, and is
a thoroughly satisfying read!!
9 : GOTHAM ADVENTURES #10
has once again been deemed sane and released from Arkham! Word is,she's
gonna write a tell all novel about her years with the Joker. Needless to
say,Mistah J ain't too pleased about that.....but things aren't always
what they seem, and Harley's "Harlequin" romance hurts his pride in more
ways than one.
This is a really great,
sympathetic Harley story. Here we see a "reformed" Harley, out and about
and determined to live a life free of the Joker's love.But she still longs
for him! The story is really funny and yet bittersweet as well, especially
when we see Harley's hurt at being unloved by Joker. Apart from that, we
get one of those much desired stories - Harley working solo!! And even
though she's not in costume this time around, she's still got her unmistakeable
8 : JOKER'S FAVOR
cusses Joker on the street. Joker agrees to spare his life if he promises
to do him a favor one day. Joker calls on that favor in a dibaolical scheme
to kill the entire G.C.P.D!!! But Charlie is a hero in the end.
This is Harley's first appearance
EVA,which is why I included it.The story is pretty fun and cool, but it's
major importance is that this is the episode that first introduced Harley
to all of her oldest fans - the one where her personality, vivacity and
wit was first impounded on their brains. A collective "wow" went up from
every HQ fan when this episode aired, it was their first taste of her and
what was to come. .
7 : BATMAN ADVENTURES #28
devises a wicked scheme to make the city's councilmen temporarily insane
and have them kill at Christmas. Harley's helping him in the guise of a
male psychiatrist.However her passion for her Puddin she cannot hide, and
when she's revealed she takes a dose of that insanity formula...and is
lost in her delusions.
While I've never really
loved Mike Parobeck's art, I adore this book!! The story is just so absoulutly
sweet, funny, smart and Harley!!!! The sight of Harley kissing the Joker
while she's disguised as a man is just priceless!!! Most of this book is
just demonstrating how obsessed Harley is with Joker, but it has other
cool moments too. The final page is terribly sweet!!!!
6 : HARLEQUINADE
Joker's stolen an A-bomb and the only way to find him is to use someone
who thinks like him...you guessed it...Harley! She takes the B-man up and
down and round and round before finally realising where her man is, and
typically, she betrays Batsy and runs for her man. But in a twist, it looks
as though her man has betrayed her, and so she helps B-man get the last
laugh....before rushin back into Joker's arms.
This was Harley's first
solo episode! The episode where much of the action was a result of Harley.
Harley was the star of this episode, even more so than the Joker, and it's
a wonderful, fun and enjoyable show.It shows she can work by herself as
a character,so important! Again, we get to see the extent of Harley's devotion
to her Puddin, and some beautiful moments at the end where the cuddle.tee
hee.This episode is another truly excellent one, which showcases Harley
in all her glory!
5 : BEWARE THE CREEPER
a twist on Batman creating Joker, Joekr creates the Creeper - a tryhard
clone who rips Joker's act off and goes on a rampage on the city. Depressed
and jealous, Joker send Harley out after him and Creeper falls utterly
in love with her. How can Harley make this bozo understand she's a one-clown
woman?On top of that Joker's trying to annihilate him and Batman's trying
to deal with three utter psychopaths loose in the city
"Wanna try my pie, Puddin"
the sight of Harley covered in banana cream pie musta done somethin to
the Joker - he wuz just too irritated by that loser Creeper.WHat a fantastic
episode! It even made Creeper seem slightly interesting (although it also
showcased the fact hes a Joker tryhard) And it was wonderful to see Harley's
ever steadfast devotion,and other aspects of her - like her willingness
to kill if needs be. *sigh* It was just totally fun, cool,and quintessential
4 : THE BATMAN AND ROBIN
zaps Robin with her special lipstick and he's totally under her control.However,
when he starts using his training to help them plan awesome heists, and
Ivy begins paying far more attention to him than her supposed best friend,
Harley gets super jealous and takes action...which she hopes will be lethal.
However that dratted Bat steps in and once again foils their schemes!
This story is really cute
and funny. It shows how jealous and protective Harley is for those she
loves, and again shows she will attempt to take a life.I think everyone
sees her as just a sweet enabler, but she's truly insane - so in ways she's
unpredictable.Especially about her friends.It nice to sometimes see her
without the Joker. She works well with Ivy and the action between the two
is great in this book.
3 : WORLD'S FINEST
has stolen 20 pounds of kyptonite and intends on using it on Superham!!!
Lex agrees to pay him one billion dollars for the favor and Batman is forced
to go to Metropolis to help the boyscout out.However, there is no honor
amongst thieves and it's not long before tempers flare up between the Clown
Prince and the Baldie, not to mention Harley and Mercy - as if that isn't
enough Bruce and Lane are in lurrrrrve, Lane and Kent discover Bruce's
secret identity and Wayne discovers Kent's,and Joker takes a giant smile
to the sky to destroy Metropolis. However the combined team of strength
(no brains) and brains(and strength) save the day.Foo.
The three-parter World's
Finest is truly superb!!A great story, great action, great animation.....and
great characters. Harley is adorable in this episode, and the action and
interplay between her and the Joker is spot-on.It's a small detail, but
I loved the attention paid to Harley's movements...the way she moved,exactly
like a psychotic clown!!This episode is just a pure classic...in both a
Batman and a Harley respect.
2 : HARLEY AND IVY
ain't happy with Harley! So he kicks her out.In a desperate attempt to
win back his approval Harley goes to steal the Harlequin Diamond and in
doing so bumps into Poison Ivy. Ivy wants to awaken Harleys inner strength
and self esteem so she takes her under her wing and the two go on a demented
crime spree.When Joker hears about it he's none too happy, and tracks the
two down to take back his Harley - and the goodies they've stolen!! Once
again that blasted Bat ruins everything...
This episode is just awesome
in every respect!! Definetely one of the best of the entire series it's
fun, witty, insightful and gorgeous!!!! It's the episode where Harley and
Ivy first make friends so that's very important. It also examines in reasonably
close detail the Joker and Harley's relationship and reveals..*tear*...that
Joker really does need Harley!!! YAY!!! It's just an incredibly enjoyable
1 : MAD LOVE (comic version)
just wants to please her man!(in every way!!!) But she can't seem to do
anthinr right. While lost in memories of how she fell in love with him,she
gets the bright idea that if she kills the Batman - her Puddin will see
her true worth, know he loves her, and what's more - he'll be ready to
get married and settle down! But things dont' always work out the way you
want them too,and killingthe Batman is a priveledge Joker reserves for
himself...so the discovery of this scheme is enough to send him off the
deep end...and Harley off a five story building. And she surives and STILL
loves her man! Hoo boy!
This is the ultimate Harley
story. Perfect script, perfect art, it tells us WHY Harley became Harley
and shows us!!! Not only that, it really does have two storylines - (the
flashback and the attempt on Batman's life) and it proves totally that
the Joker is Harley's main motivation to crime and insanity.But it also
shows Harley is smart and capable to think by herself and devise schemes
- she'd just rather do it in the shadow of her Puddin!!
TO THE HAVEN