Review: Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity

In Gotham City, where heinous acts of violence are a daily occurence, the GCPD relies on Harley Quinn, a young forensic psychiatrist and profiler, to consult on their toughest cases. But Harley is haunted by one unsolved case—the night she discovered her roommate’s body marked with the signature of a notorious serial killer known as the Joker.

Five years later, the case remains unsolved and a new series of horrific murders occur throughout the city. As the murders escalate, Harley’s obsession with finding the depraved psychopath reponsible leads her down a dangerous path. When the past and the present finally collide, Harley has to decide how far she is willing to go—and how many lines she is willing to cross—to solve these cases once and for all.

Written by Kami Garcia

Art: Mico Suayan and Mike Mayhew

DC Comics is spoiling me with excellent Harley Quinn stories right now: Batman: White Knight / Curse of the White Knight, Harleen, and Breaking Glass.

And Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity is no exception.

I’ve been really excited for this series, despite it being a different take on Harley and the Joker. I always enjoy a well written interpretation of a character.

Hands down, the best way someone can write Harley Quinn, for me, is when they acknowledge how smart she is. Because that’s one of the key things to her character – she’s actually very, very intelligent. Luckily for me, that’s the shining thing about her character in Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity. She’s a doctor, and an extremely capable criminal profiler.

The art switches back and forth between Mayhew and Suayan, and it’s very interesting. Both styles bring someting interesting and beautiful to the table, between gorgeous black and white art that reminds me quite a bit of the skill level of Lee Bermejo, and crazy colorful photo realism.

This is a definite must read for fans of forensic shows and detective work. I can’t wait for the rest of the series. DC Black Label is really giving us some incredible stuff, right now.

Have you picked up Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity yet?

-Angel

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