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Nope, I picked this up because I saw the name Stjepan Šejić.
His art is beyond phenomenal, so it wouldn't have mattered who the hell this was about, I would have immediately grabbed it.
I knew this was going to ...more
Sorry, I try not to curse in much in reviews, but I really don't know how else to respond to this. Stjepan Sejic has created not only one of the best comics I've ever read set in the DC universe, but one of the best psychological takes on the characters.
This won't be a review. I can't review this. I can only gush over it.
Harleen is a retelling of Harley Quinn's origin story. It is printed under DC's Black Label line (essentially an R rated line that can use more ...more
"The road to Hell is paved with good intentions. On that road I saw a pale man... and he smiled at me."
Thanks to Todd Philips’ “Joker”, my obsession with my beloved Mr. J has gotten seriously out of control in late 2019. I even started watching “Gotham” and fell head over heels for the Valeska twins (because two Jokers are better than one… and I love me a ginger with a wicked grin!). So, needless to say, I was waiting for my copy of “Harleen” to be delivered with ...more
So I picked up Šejić's Harleen, which is the title of ...more
Harley Quinn was always the character that interested me the most. She’s smart and knew exactly what she wanted but she was also this psychotic badass who didn’t let anything stop her. Let’s not forget about her two lovely side pieces.
Harleen delves deeper into the life of Dr. Quinzel and how she became a Doctor at one of the most intense Asylums in Gotham. She had major plans to see what ...more
What’s it about?
Dr. Harleen Quinnzel has issues. The scientific community looks down on her, she has low self esteem and even PTSD after nearly being killed by Joker. She thinks things are getting better when she gets funding for some potentially ground breaking mental health research... but to do it she has to deal with her new patients at Arkham and that only makes things worse as she descends into madness.
Why it ...more
With the release of the movie Joker, this topic has come to the forefront. Now, this character is a murderous psychopath, his motivations are often unknown, and he has so many backstories it’s hard to know which one may be real, if any. But the movie doesn’t ask you to empathise with the Joker, but simply to understand him and watch his story unfold. What could create such a ‘monster?’ Is it trauma, society, or something deeper? ...more
We see Harley Quinn when she first goes to Arkham Asylum in an attempt to "save" the psychotic criminals there, ...more
An AMAZING version of Harley Quinn's origin. The text and the illustrations are both top notch, and, better yet, compliment each other wonderfully. There are a lot of pictures of two different faces split and placed side by side to show two different emotions to the same event while there is lots of talk about the divide between sanity and insanity - mostly while Joker and his earnest doctor are on two sides of a piece of bullet proof glass. And Two-Face's origin is mixed in as well, for even ...more
Harleen Quinzell is trying to figure out what to do with her life when she has the thought that what she really likes to do, and seems to be quite good at it, is listen to her friends problems. So she embarks on ...more
I wasn’t sure what this “mature” origin story for Harley Quinn would look like, and was even less sure of its ability to deliver a compelling story that didn’t glamorize the kind of violence and tragedy that (should) define it. But...against the odds, Stjepan Šejić really did something great here.
“Harleen” doesn’t *not* glamorize Harley’s origin—Šejić’s signature style is inherently “sexy”—but it doesn’t shy away from how twisted it is either. Even when “Harleen” illustrates the Joker’s ...more
Stjepan Sejic is an epic artist, but this Telltaleverse-inspired origin of Harley Quinn is bad. Another bad entry in Black Label, avoid unless you want a painfull borefest full of endless badly written monologues...
The only good part happens in the ending, where stuff finally happens and Stjepan draws wonderfully Ivy, but it is too late...
Tell me that's not the most breathtaking thing you've seen today. Go on, I'll wait.
HARLEEN is veritably stuffed full of panels and splashes like this one. Dr. Quinzel's shadow is used to excellent effect more than once, and there are countless other little details left all over the place for fans to sink ...more
A good little origin for Harley Quinn her, very enjoyable, this DC Black Label shiz is good...
Dr. Harleen Quinzel aka Harley Quinn’s origin story has seemingly been told several times, but was actually only brushed upon. At no point did we really delve into the process that turned her mind. The tapes found in the Arkham video games might actually have been the best insight we got on what happened to her, until now.
Stjepan Sejić seems intent ...more
Dr.Harleen Quinzel is discouraged after one of herlectures doesn't reach the attendees as she had hoped. Her theory is based on the idea that all psychoses ...more
Still, I always hope for more from stories about Harley Quinn. There's a lot of unexplored territory in the way women are socialized to seek male approoval that could come into play in her twisted "love" story. Some things did intrigue me about Sejic's Harleen. She's deferential in a way that comes from fear. She's very ...more