Story by: Katana Collins, Sean Murphy
Art by: Matteo Scalera
Colors by: Dave Stewart
Letters by: AndWorld
“The bestselling Batman: White Knight and Batman: Curse of the White Knight series written and illustrated by Sean Murphy spin off on a new take written by international bestselling author (and Murphy’s wife) Katana Collins, starring the one and only Harley Quinn.
Batman: White Knight Presents: Harley Quinn takes place two years after Batman: Curse of the White Knight. Azrael has wiped out criminals in Gotham, Jack Napier (formerly The Joker) is dead, Bruce Wayne (Batman) is in prison, and Harley Quinn is adjusting to life as a single mother, raising the twins she had with Jack.
But as new villains arise, Harley is forced to dance with madness once again and confront her own past with The Joker and Batman while helping the Gotham City police and an eager young FBI agent uncover the truth behind a series of gruesome murders.
This collection also features a chapter from Harley Quinn’s newest digital first series, Harley Quinn Black + White + Red, told in a traditional black-and-white format with the color red uniquely shaping Harley Quinn’s story.
Collection includes Batman: White Knight Presents: Harley Quinn #1-6 and Harley Quinn Black + White + Red #4″
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I did a big, gushy post about how much I adored Batman: White Knight a few years ago (The Brilliance of Batman: White Knight), and I also reviewed new issues every month of Batman White Knight Presents Harley Quinn. So, naturally, it’s time to talk about the series overall.
This is easily one of the most humanizing approaches to Harley Quinn I’ve read, and I absolutely adored every page of it. There was a lot of consideration to her character, what she would do, what her fans would enjoy, etc. We were gifted with a backstory to her relationship with the Joker that made it so much more easy to fathom why she’d stay, and why she’d be so determined to try to save Jack.
But not only that, we have a beautiful story about a mother. She’s struggling, not only with post-partum depression, being a single mom, and keeping everything together, but with finding her identity in this new role. To make matters worse, the GTO has asked her to consult on a new serial killer in Gotham. Finding a balance between the Harley she was, Dr. Quinzel, and the new title of “Mom”, is something she continuously struggles with. Who are you when everyone else needs you to be so many other things?
There are correlations between the present killer in Gotham to Harley’s own sordid and complicated past. It’s so beautifully told, with the perfect pacing to keep you guessing but the tension still driving it forward.
But it also tears at your heart. How lost Harley feels is relatable on so many levels. But not only that, there’s A LOT that happens in this series that really leaves you stunned. Trust me. You don’t want it spoiled.
But the story isn’t the only thing about this series. The art is breathtaking. Matteo Scalera brings his own style to the book, while keeping the feel of Sean Murphy’s White Knight universe. The colors by Dave Stewart are perfect. The lettering from Andworld Design is flawless.
Besides all of this very compelling information, I must add: Harley loves crab rangoon. And so do I. So. Naturally. This wins it 10,000,000 bonus points.
If you haven’t read Batman: White Knight Presents Harley Quinn yet – what the hell are you waiting for?! Go grab the gorgeous hardback trade RIGHT NOW.