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Note: We have an interview with Amanda and Jimmy on Harley and this issue right HERE.

The Good

Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti appear to have no shortage of stories when it comes to Harley Quinn. Along with their regular monthly HARLEY QUINN series, we've also been seeing different one-shots. With Valentine's Day just around the corner, we fittingly get a special to celebrate the occasion.

In a story that's perfect for Harley and could only be written by Conner and Palmiotti, Harley's attention shifts to a benefit auction to benefit the Wayne Foundation Animal Shelter. The prize is a date with the dreamy Bruce Wayne. Harley's hormones are revving as she decides she needs to find a way to come up with the winning bid in order to get a date with Wayne. It's silly and goofy but entertaining at the same time.

This isn't just a character going gaga over someone. We do get the typical Harley shenanigans we've come to expect from Conner and Palmiotti. Unlike some one-shots, this story feels like it'd fit in perfectly with the regular series. Her supporting cast is all here. John Timms handles the majority of the art (there are some dream sequences drawn by others). Timms captures the feel we've come to expect now, especially since he's worked on a couple of the regular issues.

The Bad

Maybe it's her hormones but there were a couple times I groaned a little ("Yabba dabba do me!"). The story gets a little absurd but that's why we can enjoy this version of Harley. As long as you know what you're going into, you should have no problem enjoying this special.

The Verdict

Since the start of Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti's HARLEY QUINN series, we've been seeing a slight departure in the New 52 Universe. The writing duo is having a blast writing Harley and it shows when you read their books. You sometimes hear from some people that this isn't the Harley they knew. That's what makes the series fun and different. Having a different tone from other New 52 books lets this book stand apart and breath on its own. With a Valentine's Day theme involving Bruce Wayne, you know it's going to be some big time kooky fun. The art by John Timms is great and we also get some dream sequences with art by Ben Caldwell and Aaron Campbell. This is the sort of book that allows you sit back and simply have a good time while you read it.

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#1 Posted by Astro_Zombie78 (114 posts) - - Show Bio

When will this crap get canceled?

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#2 Posted by FuzzyLittleRodent (2087 posts) - - Show Bio
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#3 Posted by gmanfromheck (42524 posts) - - Show Bio

I don't get why it would be canceled when people are buying it.

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#4 Posted by righteous300 (3975 posts) - - Show Bio

@astro_zombie78: I don't have the specific sales but this title actually sells really well. Or are you just trolling?

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#5 Posted by gmanfromheck (42524 posts) - - Show Bio

@mrtummytumms: Exactly. If it wasn't selling and there wasn't a demand, DC wouldn't be putting out the regular series, all these "specials," plus the upcoming miniseries.

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#6 Posted by Astro_Zombie78 (114 posts) - - Show Bio

@mrtummytumms: Not trolling just an honest opinion. I read the first couple of issues and hated it. Simply an opinion.

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#7 Posted by Self-DCeit (276 posts) - - Show Bio

@astro_zombie78: "When will this crap get canceled?" isn't an opinion. It's just unrealistic wishful thinking, considering Harley is DC's 2nd top selling character right now.

For what it's worth, it boggles my mind how this series is selling so well. But it does, and you can bet DC is going to milk it for all it's worth. Just don't buy it and don't read it, I guess.

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#8 Posted by 2cool4fun (2418 posts) - - Show Bio

@self-dceit: It's a fun & wacky read.

And I'm glad DC have someone that can be wacky & loved like like deadpool.

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#9 Posted by Self-DCeit (276 posts) - - Show Bio

@2cool4fun: I get it, but in my book "fun & wacky" doesn't equal "good", let alone "top-selling". It's not even particularly well-executed to mine eyes. But far from me to rain on the parade of those who are enjoying it, and DC is laughing all the way to the bank anyway. Different strokes, cups of tea, etc.

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#10 Edited by gmanfromheck (42524 posts) - - Show Bio

Not all books can be, or should be, for everyone. Different books for people with different tastes is a great thing. If all books had the same feel, it'd be boring as heck. There are some other books that have changed direction and I know it's not for me. It stinks in some ways but it's good if it brings in more readers. That's something the industry can benefit from.

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#11 Posted by mak13131313 (1601 posts) - - Show Bio

@g_man said:

Not all books can be, or should be, for everyone. Different books for people with different tastes is a great thing. If all books had the same feel, it'd be boring as heck. There are some other books that have changed direction and I know it's not for me. It stinks in some ways but it's good if it brings in more readers. That's something the industry can benefit from.

Exactly! And the "DC is milking this character" argument is getting old also. If you were to own a business and had a high selling product, wouldn't you put more of that product out there to sell? Seems like good business to me. And by the way, I thought this was a fun read! And great review also!

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#12 Posted by batmite1995 (423 posts) - - Show Bio

I enjoyed this issue..4.7/5

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#13 Posted by gmanfromheck (42524 posts) - - Show Bio

@mak13131313: It's like it's a bad thing to give people more of what they want. As long as people are buying something, why not sell it? They are a business. A creative one. They're not going to make horrible decisions and risk losing a bunch of money. No one will be able to please everyone. That's why you take risks occasionally to see what works and what doesn't.

I even asked them what they'd say to those that don't like the direction. Interview here: http://www.comicvine.com/articles/interview-amanda-conner-jimmy-palmiotti-talk-harle/1100-151287/

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#15 Posted by mfundo (1717 posts) - - Show Bio

I think every single Harley Quinn NEW 52 comic book that's come out till now has been consistently well written and drawn. I just love her in general and anyone who thinks her comic book should be cancelled, well, I'll be sure to swing a giant wooden mallet at your face the next time I see you at a roller rink :D

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#16 Posted by mak13131313 (1601 posts) - - Show Bio

@g_man: I read your interview with them and it was excellent. Their answer to that question was perfect.

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#17 Posted by sbyrstall (292 posts) - - Show Bio

I may not be a fan of the new comics but Harley does come across as the older series that were very off-beat. My step-daughter loves this character, no matter how's she's written. In fact, this will be my V-day gift for her.

In some ways she reminds of the Justice League of the 90s that was "run" by Maxwell Lord. It was humorous and silly, at times.

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#18 Edited by selfproclaimed (146 posts) - - Show Bio

i like the harley quinn comics because its generally fun

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#19 Posted by Jestersmiles (9826 posts) - - Show Bio

I need MORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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#21 Edited by QuinnoftheStoneAge (3663 posts) - - Show Bio

I loved the BATGIRL!

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#22 Posted by deactivated-097092725 (10555 posts) - - Show Bio

This book isn't afraid to go to certain places. Seeing Batman in different stages of a particular situation was hilarious.

Good fun.