Today, all round media devotee Clare explains how she got hooked on Harley Quinn and why you should too.
Harley Quinn got me into comics.
Like every geek in the late nineties and early aughts, I had consumed a metric ton of anime and manga (Yu-Gi-Oh!
, anyone?), but, unlike every geek in the late nineties and early aughts, my only experience with Western comics was with my brother’s lovingly curated Asterix
collection. A collection which I had vandalized as a small child and was thus banned from touching. After my brother went off to college and my father and I began raiding his possessions, I finally came across his Big Two books: Marvels, Kingdom Come
, and, most importantly, Les Daniels’ Marvel
Daniels’ extremely biased account of the rise of Marvel gave me a quiet hankering for good old-fashioned superhero comics, although my fond childhood memories of Batman: The Animated Series
and The Adventures of Lois and Clark
steered me towards DC. I investigated the 1998-2003 Young Justice
and liked what I saw (namely, nineties Superboy, who is my forever Superboy), but I could never quite get into it. Casting around for something else, I stumbled across the 2001 to 2003 Harley Quinn
and devoured it in one of my teenage self-soothing media binges.
So when the first issue of The Unwritten
finally lured me into a comic book store in 2009 (it was a dollar!), it made perfect sense to supplement that purchase with Gotham City Sirens
, which started around the same time. I still give people that advice when they want to break into comics: find a character you like and just focus on them for a while to get your feet wet. Those two comics were the first in my now small but sizable comic collection, and Gotham City Sirens
was the first comic I ever owned in its entirety in single issues. They’re special to me.
But reading Gotham City Sirens
made me realize how lucky I was to start reading Harley Quinn comics with, well, Harley Quinn
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