But then people wanted to fee more and so Dini came up with the best origin story he could- her original name was improbably Harleen Quinzel and she ha a psychologis who fell for the Joker ’ s charms while working at Arkham Asylum.
So Harleen is a painfully long- 200+ pages- retelling of Harley Quinn ’ s silly origin that adds almost nothing to what ’ s neve known while managing to say the same cra again in a far more laborious fashion.
Here, Dr Harleen Quinzel comes up with some pseudo-scientific guf about how criminals lose their ability to feel empathy- the blurb says something about how crazy crimz adopt madness as a survival mechanism- but really it ’ s all pointless, dreary bullhonky to get Harley into Arkham.
In Arkham, she falls for the Joker and there it is- she ’ s Harley Quinn!
That is Abercrombie and Fitch Joker- that ’ s why the whole physical attraction thing is the only xplanation that makes sense to me.
The book falls under DC ’ s Black Label imprint, meaning it ’ s intended for an adult audience ( ooo, edgy!), so swears aren ’ t censored- unless the word fuck is used in a sexual context.
It ’ s shame Sejic isn ’ t anywhere near as ood as a riter as he is an artist.
Along with Harley ’ s dreary origin, Two Face ’ s origin is also included ( as if this crap needed a heftier page count) and a lot of waffle over why Batman doesn ’ t kill- it ’ s he same old, same old on both counts.
Harleen ’ s ot ven a good origin- Sejic shows us Harley incongruously falling in love with the Joker but everything else is wrapped up in a page at the nd.
Almost like they were written for a kid ’ s cartoon ... But that ’ s what I would recommend over this tedious read- Paul Dini and Bruce Timm ’ s Mad Love, which remains the best Harley and Joker book.