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Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  3,247 ratings  ·  635 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 her anger into
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Published (first published September 3rd 2019)
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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
Dave 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
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 decides to le
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 great subversive fairy ta
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 Joker (defini
L. McCoy

Holy bad comic-olee! This is THE WORST DC comic I’ve ever read!

What’s it about?
Harley is a teen in this elseworld story and she’s meant to be temporarily moving in with her grandma. Unfortunately when she gets to the address her grandma’s dead and now she’s moving in with the most stereotypical gay character I’ve ever read. She goes to her new school, meets Ivy who’s super feminist and corporations evil and a shit-ton of other lame YA stand
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 glimpse of Ivy too who is bira
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
Sep 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, fiction, graphic-novel
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 girlfriends in this but even without it
The art is the greatest thing about this. Steve Pugh chose a wonderful color scheme and the style was very enjoyable. Honestly for me the thing that hurt this the most was the storyline.

I also have a bit of an issue with the desecration of the intelligence of Harley Queen to this improper and often educationally lacking speech of the Harleen in this comic. I felt like this was taken from the Arkham Asylum personality of this brilliant woman to show her before the true fall into madness for the J
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
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 will allow y
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
Kathryn Kania
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, ya, queer
Teenage Harley Quinn raised by drag queens? Yes please. My favorite Chaotic Neutral <3
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
One of the best graphic novels I have read in awhile! I absolutely loved this take on a Harley Quinn backstory for a YA audience. It's funny and smart with incisive social critiques and a version of Harley that I would love to see return.

In Breaking Glass, Harleen is a teen girl shipped off to Gotham City to live with her grandmother. Unfortunately, it turns out that her grandmother has passed away, and so a group of drag queens take her under their wing. (The idea that her wild costumes come f
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 Wayne. I like
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
May 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2020
That was amazing!!!! I couldn't have hoped for anything better than this. I loved the relationship between Ivy and Harleen (no romance though), and I loved the way the joker was portrayed and talked about (spoiler alert: as a complete jerk, as he should.)
The way this story addressed gentrification, oppression, white privilege, drag queen community, etc.... I'm floored, what a gift.
Plus, the art was GORGEOUS. The use of colours, black and white, and just the way faces were rendered... this book
This is my kind of Harley! Everything is better with drag queens.

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Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It's almost unheard of for me to give five star reviews on Goodreads, but with this and Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me
Mariko Tamaki nabbed the prize from me twice in the same year.

Breaking Glass is part of the DC Ink line, with famous superheroes re imagined as modern teens in standalone tales and written by big name YA authors like Sarah Maas, Marie Lu, and Laurie Halse Anderson and this is the first one I've read where it felt like the author knew and cared about the character beforehand
Jan 16, 2020 rated it liked it
I loved that Mariko created a comic that pushes boundaries. Harley Quinn was raised by a drag queen named Mama. This comic spoke about racism and how you need to speak out and say something when you see someone being racist. Their was a rich privileged boy that treats women like they are worst-less and can careless for poor working people. His heart is dark and can only spread darkness behind his mask. Harley Quinn was kick-ass. She fought for what is right. She cracked jokes and was always sill ...more
Elizabeth A
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphix, 2020, kids-ya
Part of the blurb: "This is the first title in DC's new line of original graphic novels for middle grade and young adult readers." Not unless you've got a very mature middle grader it's not.

I didn't read many DC (or Marvel) comics as a kid, so I didn't even know that the Harley of the title is a character in the DC verse. This is an origin story of sorts. I appreciated the diversity on the page, but this comic has a fairly uninspired plot. The dialogue is snappy and the art lovely, but there was
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 different,
This is such a fun graphic novel with so much heart. The characters are all so beautifully rendered with the most beautiful illustrations by Pugh. Tamaki uses this story to touch on racism, gentrification and the story as a whole is unapologetically feminist. I applaud DC for this and hope they bring more writers like this at the forefront of all of their projects.

ALSOOOO...I’m going to need more stories featuring/starring members of the drag community!
Stay 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.
Jan 11, 2020 rated it did not like it
ugh these YA formatted DC books are garbage.
3.5 Stars

Fun easy read. A young Harley Quinn figures out that the world is made up of boogers (ass hats) and unselfish, good people.
Apr 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
One of my new favourite graphic novels!
OMG, Squeeeee! Haaarrrrlleey!

I will try to write a review, sorry if it is a bit chaotic.

I am a GIANT fan of Harley Quinn, there are a lot of stories about, lots of origin stories. Ones she was normal until the Joker popped up, ones in which she was batshit from the start, ones she was mostly normal/still crazy inside. I am always impressed with what things people come up with. I love how in some stories Harley loves Joker (and I guess he her), in some stories (as this one) she is unsure and hat
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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 ...more

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