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Harley Quinn Vol. 1: Hot in the City (The New 52)
     

Harley Quinn Vol. 1: Hot in the City (The New 52)

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by Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Conner
 

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Fresh from BATMAN: DEATH OF THE FAMILY and SUICIDE SQUAD, Harley Quinn returns to her first solo series in the New 52! The writing team of Jimmy Palmiotti (ALL STAR WESTERN) and Amanda Conner (BEFORE WATCHMEN: SILK SPECTRE) unleashed Harley on an unsuspecting DC Universe, as she encounters various heroes and villains ... and leaves no one unscathed in her

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Fresh from BATMAN: DEATH OF THE FAMILY and SUICIDE SQUAD, Harley Quinn returns to her first solo series in the New 52! The writing team of Jimmy Palmiotti (ALL STAR WESTERN) and Amanda Conner (BEFORE WATCHMEN: SILK SPECTRE) unleashed Harley on an unsuspecting DC Universe, as she encounters various heroes and villains ... and leaves no one unscathed in her wake! With art by Chad Hardin and a slew of comics' best artists including Darwyn Cooke, Sam Kieth, Tony S. Daniel, Paul Pope, Walter Simonson and Art Baltazar!

Collects HARLEY QUINN #0-8.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
12/15/2014
Collecting the first eight issues of the new "Harley Quinn" comic by co-writers Palmiotti and Conner (Painkiller Jane), this volume also includes a fourth-wall breaking zero issue drawn by mega talents like Bruce Timm, Darwyn Cooke, Jim Lee, and Becky Cloonan. Relocated to Coney Island, Harley Quinn, formerly the Joker's girlfriend, is trying to rebuild her life—landing a job as a therapist, securing a spot on the roller derby team, and taking on the role of landlord for the building she inherited. Local tenants and Poison Ivy are her supporting cast as she tries to fend off a series of bounty hunters while making her fresh start. The book is clearly intended to be zany but occasionally feels oddly heartless; when it should be creating a compelling character arc, instead it doubles down on wacky violence, confusing the fun exterior with a ruthless interior. But Hardin's Harley is lovingly rendered and explosively expressive, a fantastic combination. His pages are slick and pretty and full of high-octane energy, but the fairly realistic style makes the cartoonish violence—heads getting torn off, people bisected by fences, and rhinos stabbing people through the heart—sometimes too real for the cavalier attitude. The result is somewhere between the Looney Tunes and black humor. (Oct.)
From the Publisher
"The strongest aspect of this issue is Conner's character work. Like the script, her characters are expressive in all the right ways, understated, and inherently emotional."—MTV Geek

"The secret to this book's surprisingly sweet appeal is Amanda Conner."—Newsarama

"[Conner's] work is so irresistibly beautiful and evocative."—Craveonline

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781401248925
Publisher:
DC Comics
Publication date:
10/28/2014
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
108,835
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 10.40(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Jimmy Palmiotti is a multi-award-winning comic book creator with a wide range of experience in advertising, production, editorial, film writing and production, media presentation, and video game development. He has created and co-created numerous series and characters, including The New West, THE MONOLITH, 21 DOWN, THE RESISTANCE, Gatecrasher, Beautiful Killer, Back to Brooklyn, The Tattered Man and Painkiller Jane. Currently he is co-writing DC's ALL-STAR WESTERN and BATWING with Justin Gray, as well as HARLEY QUINN with Amanda Conner.

Amanda Conner started out in comics after working as an illustrator for New York ad agencies. However, loving comic books and cartooning the most, Amanda found work at Archie, Marvel and Claypool Comics early in her career. She's probably best known for her work on Vampirella for Harris Comics, as well as Painkiller Jane, CODENAME KNOCKOUT, BIRDS OF PREY, and the creator-owned books Gatecrasher and The Pro (with Jimmy Palmiotti and Garth Ennis).

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Harley Quinn Vol. 1: Hot in the City 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Andrew_of_Dunedin More than 1 year ago
How to describe the“Harley Quinn – Hot in the City” graphic novel? Light-hearted? Perhaps – it's obvious that the comic doesn't take itself too seriously. (Think the John Byrne-era She-Hulk, while still respecting the 4th wall.) EXCEPT – there's an awful lot of murders, attempted and successful, clean and somewhat graphic, to use that term. Adult? Perhaps, not sure kids would get it, at least not on the same level as their parents would. HOWEVER, the word “adult” when describing entertainment is usually a euphemism for, uh, well, you know … The first mini-story DOES break down the 4th wall, with basically Harley auditioning talent – getting to see how the squad of DC artists would interpret her unique style, using THEIR unique style. At the end, however, we discover that Miss Quinn has inherited a building in Coney Island, which is where the series shifts (as well as shifting to more traditional comics format, if not content, and sealing off that crack in the 4th wall). Supporting cast – the existing tenants of the building, as well as a certain plant-loving redhead who also finds a place in the tale. PLUS, a number of assassins who discover it's tough to kill the harlequin, no matter the high price on her head (just who offered it is a mystery throughout most of the storyline), but not so hard to be killed by her! How to describe the“Harley Quinn – Hot in the City” graphic novel? Let's settle for “well worth reading”. RATING: 4 1/2 stars, rounded down to 4 stars where 1/2 stars are not permitted.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
This one was okay but has its moments. The art at times was good. Characters as well.
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Lufbra More than 1 year ago
If you can see the cover of this book and not want buy it than you probably don't deserve to take the wild ride through the Psycho-circus that Harley Quinn calls a life. Because that's what this book is a wild and joyful ride on the back of DC's favorite psychotic serial with too many bats in the belfry. Believe me you won't forget this book. It's laugh out loud funny and has more memorable scenes and situations than anything out there. Absurd, hilarious, original and visually beautiful this book is a keeper and well worth every penny spent. It's on my list for best books of 2014 it is so unique. The team of Jimmy Palmiotto and Amanda Conner get this character in a way that is refreshing in the overly serious world of current comic books. Need to read about the world being saved while plot upon sub-plot upon super-secret plot play out on a universal canvas well theirs plenty of books out there to see you along but if you wanted to visit Coney Island hotdog while bounty hunters hunt you down and in a world full of misfits and freaks - all while maintaining a sharp, savage wit - than give Ms. Quinn a visit you won't be disappointed. I laughed out loud reading this book and enjoyed it at every level possible. The writing is sharp and focused and the art perfectly captures the emotions of it's unhinged protagonist. Hot and cold, lucid and crazy, sweet and sour Ms. Quinn is never the same girl twice but she is always entertaining, original and engrossing. This book has carved it's own place in the DC universe and everyone is invited and should attend and see how fantastic comic books can be even if they do center around a psychotic serial killer with a big ass mallet and crazy eyes - ( See cover) - this book is a jewel in DC's crown
AttackEyebrows More than 1 year ago
I'm lucky enough to have been in front of my TV when Harley Quinn made her first appearance on "Batman: The Animated Series" late last century. You could say that I grew up as she grew up. She had it easier since she came out the proverbial womb as an adult, whereas I had to go through facial hair and high school. I didn't get thrown out a window by a clown, though (go me). I got to see her come into her own in the best way possible: being made canonical in the comics. To know she exist on the page as well as the screen was splendid. As the years went on, however, it seemed like DC didn't know what to do with her. At one point, I think Wonder Woman made her an Amazon. I always wanted to see Harley with a sword, but come on. I understood in a way: a female comic book character whose major purpose was being Joker's punching bag might need to find another purpose someday. Then the universe restarted. DC decided to relaunch everything. Everything. In 2011, every single comic started back to issue one. As a massive Batman fan, a character who would have had a thousandth issue in a few years, I wasn't pleased. I gave up comics for a few years because of the industry and I was about to step my toes back in in 2011. Not only was everything nil, Harley looked like... Well, kids might be reading and you have Google. So I stepped away until a month ago. Two people brought me back like sirens in the four-color sea: The Twelfth Doctor and Harley Quinn. They had their own comics and I felt that now was the time to come back. I'm not someone who's drawn to artists or writers. Good ones can let you down and bad ones can surprise you. So I didn't care that Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti were involved. What I cared about was how they treated Harley. They're treating her just fine. I felt that DC was under the blanket of Christopher Nolan and as such, everything was dour. That works with Batman, not so much the DCU. To find out that Harley was off on her own and away from Mr. J in a way that made sense and was absurdly entertaining was fantastic. The writers embrace the fact that she's crazy and put her in a situation that loves crazy. And they don't just throw the randomness switch because she ain't right in the head. There's a sequence of events that can be followed, with some awesome payoffs (like what's on the roof). And everything's so absurd and hilarious that-- Plop down the change for Ms. Quinn and stop reading me ramble. Seriously: the roof.
DungeonChick More than 1 year ago
okay im kinda shocked it got good reviews on here I bought mine from a app they didn't have this available then umm well leave it short as possible the story arc is very VERY anti climatic I hate it the direction they took Harely to do lame mundane things shes to good for it just was a drag to read ill continue to read the other released issues but ugh I hope they story gets better... other than that art is exquisite I loved it just such a lame story .. sorry Harley don't blame you Im blame the crap writers