It seems that the special volumes of short anniversary stories starring the great DC characters that the American publisher has been releasing over the last few years are working commercially. In addition to the expected ones starring the Trinity, icons such as Green Lantern, Green Arrow, Flash or even the batman villains gallery. And now, in 2022, we have another birthday: in September it was thirty years since the first appearance of harley quinna character who debuted in A favor for the Jokeran episode of the television series Batman: The Animated Series and has ended up becoming one of the most popular of the publisher. For this reason, ECC releases two volumes. In November it will see the light Harley Quinn: 30th Anniversary Specialbut to whet your appetite, the Spanish publisher has prepared a compilation of the greatest hits of the end times of Dr. Quinzel called little follies.
Unlike other comics of these characteristics, we do not find new material created specifically for this volume. Thus, the completers of the character will already have all the material that is included in these pages, being focused more towards the occasional reader or for those who want to have a selection of what is happening with Harley in recent years. The most typical stories of him are not included, such as Crazy Love either Batman:Harley Quinn, already reissued on multiple occasions previously. Let’s take a look at what we find here.
Harley Quinn: 25th Anniversary Special
The volume opens with the special of the last round number that we celebrate with Harley, originally published in 2018, in the number 22/14 from the ECC collection, during the Renaissance stage. Here we have the usual collection of newly created short stories that we usually see on anniversaries, and the list of names is hats off. We have amanda conner Y Jimmy Palmiottipossibly the most relevant authors of this character since the arrival of the New 52, paul denione of its creators, the television daniel kibblesmith either Chip Zdarsky, one of the currently fashionable screenwriters. We have stories of all kinds here: a crazy badass in Las Vegas, a story about Harley’s abusive relationship with the Joker, a puzzling story with Harley and Swamp Thing, and a confrontation between Harley and Robin as sidekicks of Batman and Joker. Perhaps the best of all the stories is the one written by Paul Dini set on a birthday of our protagonist.
Harley Quinn: Villain of the Year
The Year of the Villain It was an event that arose after the Dark Nights: Metal by Scott Snyder. Harley Quinn’s relationship with this event was tangential, starring in a special that parodied the name of the saga, villain of the year, in which the villainy of the DC Universe was given. Although the writer was Mark Russel, another fashionable name, is not particularly memorable. It was published in Spanish in 2020, in the fourth number from the miniseries The Year of the Villain.
Harley Quinn Black + White + Red: Tell the story well
harley quinn is a character much given to short story collections. One of them, Black + White + Redwas published in 2020 in digital format, inspiring the miniseries Black, White & Blood of the competition, which debuted in 2021. ECC compiled this series whole in one volume last year, and from it he has extracted what is possibly the best story of all, written by Saladin Ahmedwith an artist in a state of grace who is the real person responsible for making this chapter shine as it does, the always spectacular Javier Rodriguez.
Harley Quinn and the Suicide Squad
Although he is not a cartoonist especially gifted for graphic narrative, two things must be recognized Jim Lee. The first is that their pin ups are the most successful. And the second, which is a name that sells comics. Here is included a special appeared in 2016 on the occasion of the -forgettable- film of the suicide squad and that ECC published at the unbeatable price of one euro. It’s more of a curiosity than anything else.
Harley Quinn 42 USA
On some occasion we have commented that Harley has taken over from Lobo as the humorous badass character of the editorial. And as such, he is one of the main tools that DC has for the parody of the superhero genre. In number 42 of the character’s regular series that was published between 2016 and 2020, appeared in Spanish in the number 29/21 of 2018, Frank Tieri Y Alain Mauricet they signed a quite funny and bad milk parody of the series old man logan Y The Old Hawk Eye from Marvel. The thing worked so well old harley got a second chance in the form of miniseriespublished in volume by ECC in 2019.
little follies It turns out to be quite a peculiar selection of material as a selection of a character who has just turned thirty. Not because of its quality, which, as is often the case in this type of product, is quite irregular but has some other more than remarkable history, but because of the chronological dating: of the thirty years that Harley has, all the chosen stories belong to the last six . We could say that more than a Greatest Hits, it is a collection of rarities. One of those songs that are good but they don’t usually play live.