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Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  830 ratings  ·  214 reviews
Harleen is a tough, outspoken, rebellious kid who lives in a ramshackle apartment above a karaoke cabaret owned by a drag queen named MAMA. Ever since Harleen's parents split, MAMA has been her only family. When the cabaret becomes the next victim in the wave of gentrification that's taking over the neighborhood, Harleen gets mad.

When Harleen decides to turn he
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Published (first published September 3rd 2019)
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David Schaafsma
Great dialogue from Mariko Tamaki and great art from Steve Pugh in what appears to be a new Elseworlds series featuring a new origin story of Harley Quinn. Answers the question: Which superheroes might be tweaked to have particular appeal to an inclusive, queer community? Harley moves out of her house after her parents' divorce, befriends (Poison) Ivy, meets a kind of wild (but not Dark Knight-style psychotic) Joker who is mainly just bored and wants to stir things up. She's attracted to him, of ...more
First, a thank you to Edelweiss and DC Ink for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This is set up to become a fantastic origin / coming-of-age story for Harleen Quinzel. The writer captures the ‘voice’ of our tough, outspoken and sometimes rebellious protagonist brilliantly and I can already tell this will be a brilliant book you can give to any Harley fan.

This first issue is told entirely by Harley as a prelude to the series, and it carries a g
Sep 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, edelweiss
First off, let me just say these DC Ink books are typically YA Elseworlds books and that's what we have here. This is the best one of the bunch yet. Probably because this was actually written by a comic book writer who actually knows something about the nature of the character involved and not just a YA novelist.

Harley is sent to Gotham to live with her Grandmother while her mom works on a cruise ship. When she gets there, she finds out her Grandmother has passed away but the super d
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"Yeah, it wasn't really my cup of milkshake." -- Harley, on page 156 (inadvertently giving my review)

I think the mistake of Breaking Glass was hitching its wagon to the known quantities of Harley Quinn and Joker - they are not particularly 'kid friendly' characters to begin with (unless perhaps you are offspring of the Manson Family), though they are presented here in teenage incarnations as in the other DC Ink titles - when it could probably stand on its own as an original and energetic YA-type of
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Harleen is sent to Gotham to live with her grandmother, but her life takes a drastic turn once she gets there. The story unfolds as the teen makes decisions, starts to discover who she is, makes friends, and faces danger, unfairness and bad people.

I love this new spin on a favorite character. Harley Quinn gets a bit of an update....she's facing current issues and learning as she goes. I like how she is portrayed as a strong, intelligent and driven teen, who also has some issues. She meets up wi
Rod Brown
I've never really been a fan of Harley Quinn. I get how she is appealing as a side character, good for a laugh, but the books she headlines are usually as lifeless and dull as this one.

Here we have a revamped Elseworlds-style origin story that has Harleen Quinzel becoming Harley in high school when she gets involved with a community activist named Ivy and a local business owner whose drag queen venue is being crushed by evil real estate developers. And there's a weak ass version of J
Noura Khalid (theperksofbeingnoura)
Thank you DC Ink for gifting me with a free ARC in exchange for an honest review!

Harley has always been one of my favorites from the DC universe. I was looking forward to this graphic novel for so long, and I was so happy to have the chance to read and review it.

The art style was amazing, and the story was fun to follow. It was nice to see a standalone of hers. Harley was fun and had her quirky qualities on display throughout the entire book which I loved. We got a glimps
Madison Warner Fairbanks
Great artwork. DC comics origin story for Harley Quinn.
The story introduces Harley and drag queen Mama and friend Ivy.
High school years are tough on everyone. Harley wants to help Ivy and Film club and the neighborhood but the Joker’s idea of helping isn’t so nice.

Includes several back scenes of Harley and her mother, and quotes that Harley remembers as being pivotal life challenges.

I’ll not a fan of violence or swearing or fighting or bullies. This story is full of all those things. While t
Chelsea 🏳️‍🌈
This was okay. One of those books I think I would have enjoyed a lot more if I was about 10 or so years younger? It read like a YA novel.

Many Harley Quinn stories don’t really work for me. In fact, the only one I remember enjoying a lot was Preludes and Knock Knock Jokes - no story aside from that one have really made me love reading about this character. This dialogue reads like it was made for a much younger audience and that’s just fine.

The story is the plot of many “feel good” stories. The
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-reads
Part of the soon-to-be-defunct DC Ink imprint, this contemporary graphic novel tells the story of 15-year-old Harleen Quinzel, a recent Gotham arrival who is taken in by a drag club owner named Mama and her squadron of queens, befriends a plant-loving political activist named Ivy, and is beguiled by a mysterious anarchist calling himself the Joker. When gentrification comes to Harleen's neighborhood and threatens her loved one's livelihoods, it's up to this lovable, quirky teen to save the commu ...more
Jessica Woodbury
I mostly dabble in comics, so I don't usually dive into a well-known, established character. I don't keep close enough track of what may be happening in a long or short term arc, who may be drawing them, what their history is, etc. But if you are like me, you can definitely pick up BREAKING GLASS and have a grand old time with Harley Quinn, no matter how much or how little you know about her. I probably wouldn't have picked this up if I hadn't had a chat with someone at DC about their titles for ...more
Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
I was thrilled to be approved for this YA graphic novel and when I realized it was a sample, I knew it would be tough to only have a piece of the story.
Tamaki is doing incredible work creating graphic novels (and also full length novels from the beloved graphic novel series Lumberjanes)! Pugh's illustrations are sharp and match the story's vibe and the personality of Harley Quinn.
I loved this brief glimpse into Harley Quinn's life; her voice is authentic and I believe the full story
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
"I think people can be a lot of things. Things you don't expect."

Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass is a YA Harley Quinn novel. Since Harley usually has more adult-ish storylines, I was very curious to see how this was going to play out. I was worried she was going to be cleaned up too much, but I think Mariko Tamaki did a great job adapting her for a YA audience while keeping the essence of the character intact.

There are a couple familiar DC faces in the book like Ivy, Joker, and Bruce W
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley
Harley Quinn is one of my favorite characters, and I absolutely loved this take on her origin story. I also really enjoyed the take on Ivy, and Harley's adopted family -- Mama and the drag queens -- are fabulous and fierce! I also really liked the relationship between Harley and the Joker -- this Harley doesn't put up with manipulation or abuse!

This book would make a great introduction to Harley Quinn for those readers who don't know much about the character. Her origin is completely
Stacy Fetters
Harley Quinn and The Joker isn’t something that’s really kid friendly and I think that’s why this was so dull. Not a lot happened and it was very slow moving.

The best parts were when Harley and the Joker were together. And that didn’t happen as much as I wanted.
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a DC Ink Sampler of this graphic novel via Netgalley.

I absolutely love this intro to Harley! I've read quite a lot of graphic novels with her mostly only Gotham City Sirens rather than a stand-alone graphic novel of hers. This is quite a fresh look since her teenage years are going to have the spotlight here contrary to most of her origin stories. I'm quite excited when the full-length novel comes out this June 2019! I also love the art style!!!!!! It's really amazing and
An interesting and extremely of-the-moment middle-grade take on one of DC's more popular characters. In Tamaki's and Pugh's hands, Harley is a troubled teen, torn between friendship with earnest community activist Ivy and a partnership with burn-it-all-down nihilist Joker. There's a charming subplot about saving the local drag cabaret from eeeevil developers, and a less-successful subplot about Ivy trying to get the high school film club to screen films from female auteurs.

Pugh's painterly artw
Sep 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel, ya, fiction
This is a really fun alternate origin story for Harley! I LOVE that it brought Harley more in line with the chaotic feminist incarnation that's in the air these days. (view spoiler)

AND that Ivy is an awesome black feminist community activist?? And that Harley's found family is a group of drag queens? Ugh, who could ask for anything more?! (OK I could also for Harley and Ivy to be explicitly
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was so, so perfect. I love Harley Quinn ❤ ...more
NetGalley ARC.

Ahahaha I frickin' loved it!! Now, look, I don't know much about Harley Quinn but this was a fun, mischievous little comic. Harley Quinn is shipped off to her "grandma's house" in Gotham City and is the new kid in high school. Hijinks may ensue! This ain't your average fairy tale!
Sep 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review to come.

Rating - 4/5
Forever Young Adult
Graded By: Mandy C.
Cover Story: Title Forward
BFF Charm: Caution
Swoonworthy Scale: 3
Talky Talk: Unexpected
Arty Art: Too Real
Bonus Factors: Drag Queens, Activism
Relationship Status: Tentative Friends

Read the full book report here.
Absolutely loved this! Gives Harley, Ivy, and the Joker and update for our current time period and focuses on a lot of relevant issues. Also the art and character designs are absolutely gorgeous. I had only read Tamaki's Lumberjanes novels before this and while those are good enough, this was great! I would love to see more from this particular timeline.
Patricia Romero
Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
Harley is one of my favorite characters. In this prequel, Harleen is a teenager who is rebelling against everything. Angry at the world, she can choose to fight the change with Ivy or team up with The Joker.

This is the first title in DC's line of original graphic novels for MidGrade and YA readers.

A good look at how the choices you make as a teenager can have long-reaching consequences. 

She is still the character we know and love, but here she is a teen and mu
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Love love love love love love love. I hope there will be a sequel.
++++Obligatory part where I say that I got a free copy of this graphic novel via Amazon's Vine program++++

Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass is one of the first graphic novels from DC Comic's new YA imprint, DC Ink. The idea of DC Ink is to remodel classic DC characters into new characters for teenagers, like a teen-targeted version of Marvel's Ultimate line. I can only assume that they are banking on their audience having no understanding of who these characters are and being neck deep in
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Harley Quinn has never been big on my list of DC characters, for whatever reason. Until now, that is.

Mariko Tamaki is absolutely the perfect choice to explore Harley's origins and the beginnings of her friendship with Poison Ivy. The story is slightly grounded in reality: Harley is supposed to be moving in with family, but when she gets there she finds her relative gone and a fabulous group of drag queens that tentatively agree to serve in their stead - it's sweet but also slightly unhinged, an
Ben Truong
Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass is a graphic novel written by Mariko Tamaki and illustrated by Steve Pugh. It centers on Harleen Quinzel, who one day would become Harley Quinn, and the circle of friends when she visits her grandmother in Gotham City.

Harleen Quinzel has been sent to live with her grandmother in Gotham City. She discovers her grandmother has died, but apartment manager Mama, a white, gay man who also manages the local drag queen bar, lets her stay. Harley finds her place among
Anniken Haga
I'm sorry to say I'm another one of those that felt this story was kind of slow. It took me 4 days to read this comic book. I'm honestly not sure if that is because of myself being kind of down and in a slump, or if it is the stories fault, but it happened.

I will be honest and say I didn't really plan on reading this comic. I'm kind of fed up with Harley, and I really didn't want another origin-story, especially not about Harley. But there was a lot of raving about the Ivy in this story, and so
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Mariko Tamaki is a Toronto writer, playwright, activist and performer. She works and performs with fat activists Pretty Porky and Pissed Off and the theatre troupe TOA, whose recent play, A vs. B, was staged at the 2004 Rhubarb Festival at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. Her well-received novel, Cover Me (McGilligan Books) was followed by a short fiction collection, True Lies: The Book of Bad Advice (Women's ...more