DC Re-imagines Harley Quinn’s Origin In New Miniseries

Harley Quinn is all but guaranteed to be DC Comics’ most valuable player this fall. Not only is she getting her own animated series on DC Universe, but she’ll also be teaming up with Poison Ivy in a new miniseries from Jody Houser and Adriana Melo. Now, it looks like DC is giving readers the chance to learn about Harley’s beginnings from a new perspective. Writer and artist Stjepan Šejić is about to debut his own new limited series starring the clown princess of crime.

Šejić’s series is titled Harleen and travels back to Harley’s years as a psychologist. Then simply known as Dr. Harleen Quinzel, the character hasn’t begun her descent into villainy just yet. Apparently, the good doctor has discovered a cure for the madness of Gotham City and seeks to test it. Unfortunately, her idealism leads her directly to the Joker, and her dark destiny.

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Harleen will be comprised of three oversized issues that will be released on a monthly basis. Šejić established himself as an artist on Top Cow books such as Witchblade and The Darkness. He also with DC on Aquaman: Underworld and Suicide Squad. As a writer, Šejić has also demonstrated his writing chops on Death Vigil, Switch, and Sunstone.

“Harleen is a story of a flawed person who meant well, a doctor who fell in love with her patient,” said Šejić. “It is a story of her road to hell—paved with good intentions—and a smile that cost her her soul. More than anything it is a tale about good people falling. Falling in love, falling from grace, and falling apart.”

Harleen #1 hits comic store shelves on September 25. You can check out the cover art for the series’ first issue and five sample pages below, then tell us what you think in the comment section!

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