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When last we left our investigative heroine, she went into some hidden tunnels and found herself facing Killer Croc.

Hopefully he's not in one of his cannibal phases )

Writers: Becky Cloonan & Brenden Fletcher
Artist: Karl Kerschl
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Since it's been out long enough now, more from the Harley Quinn Valentine's Day Special.

And I can honestly say I never thought we'd see this old favorite...

http://scans-daily.dreamwidth.org/2318048.html

...in an actual Batman comic. 9 pages out of 39.




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From Harley Quinn #13

Harley & Peej are fighting Clock King & Sportsmaster in a shopping mall. Sportsmaster has caused a huge explosion, sure to kill him (though not Peej). Clock King, however, uses a little time travel device to go back a minute to rescue his friend.

Power Girl took most of the explosion, but is O.K. Except...



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From Batgirl #35

With the surprising huge success of Harley Quinn, we've seen some interesting developments as DC & Marvel have been trying to capitalize on the large female readership that book has gotten. What we're seeing in Harley's home office, the Batman line of books, is an approach that you need more than just a female lead, but a different way of writing characters and telling stories with Gotham Academy and the revamp of Batgirl.

In Batgirl's case, the emphasis is on the girl part of Batgirl. She's still brilliant and capable, but now looks and acts her age, rather than the 30-something she's tended to be written as since the reboot. She lives in Burnside, Gotham's version of Brooklyn. She and best friend Dinah, who's older, more mature, and fronts a band while also being a costumed crime fighter (She has an impressive set of pipes), have been on the outs, but still come through for each other. She has an ethnically diverse supporting cast, too.

Dinah's band, BTW, is the one the kids are referring to in Gotham Academy that has a new singer. Speaking of that very good book, some have wondered why it's set in Gotham City. Where else could it be set, since the story is all about Gotham City? There just happens to be more to the people of Gotham than the Bats, Jim Gordon, violent criminals, and a bunch of victims.

Some traditional Bat fanboys have griped about the lack of Grim'n'Gritty art and storytelling style in Batgirl. They have a gripe with the female target audience too, it seems, writing comments that the book is trying to appeal to girls who listen to One Direction. I can only assume these suburban boys have never been to the urban areas of major cities, as the hipsters that live in places like Burnside don't listen to groups like One Direction.

But, these are the same guys who were going on about how Joker's Daughter was such a better character than Harley, boldly predicted upon her debut that she'd be a much bigger breakout character than Harley had ever been, and would supplant her when that new series flopped, as it was sure to do. Well, we saw how that worked out. That crowd has been very quiet of late on the subject of comparing Joker's Daughter's marketability to Harley's. Yes, Grimdark fans, there is room for variety in comics, even in the Bat books.

Don't get me wrong. I liked The Dark Knight Returns and Watchmen. I just don't think every superhero comic book has to be just like them.

One thing I like about the new Batgirl team is how they show Barbara's ability to retain and instantly recall any memory. It's done very visually.

Oh, Babs is hungover from a party, and Dinah is cranky due to everything she owned just getting blown up. She really needs to watch it when she yells at the insurance company...



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The League moves into their new embassies. Bruce & Guy are going over the one in Moscow, Dinah, Beetle, & Booster the one in Paris. The rest are handling the New York City embassy. The building is a fixer-upper.



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From Harley Quinn #7

There's a ever increasing bounty on Harley's head. While sunbathing on Coney Island's beach (even though Harley doesn't tan) Ivy explains that she and Sy Borgman, aka Syborg, who we met here...

scans-daily.dreamwidth.org/5133681.html

...have traced the posts updating the bounty to Harley's own laptop. It seems Ivy and Sy go back a ways. They conclude that someone has been breaking into Harley's building and using her laptop to update the bounty. Ivy decides to use this to set a trap for the culprit.




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When last we left our ghost-hunting heroine, she and her crack commando squad classmates broke into the haunted North Hall, where a hand grabbed Olive's arm.

To whom--or what--could the hand belong?? )

Writers: Becky Cloonan & Brenden Fletcher
Artist: Karl Kerschl
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12 pages out of 38

A lot of us preferred the old pre-The Killing Joke Joker of the 70s and most of the 80s. Unlike the version since, there was so much variety in the types of stories you could do with him. You could do dark. You could do comedy. You could do dark comedy. It was whatever the writers felt like doing, that day.

Here's a story that was published the same day as The Killing Joke. The Joker has been contracted to kill the JLI. As this is the BWAHAHA era of the Justice League, you can guess how well that's going to go.




A cold, hard look into the terror and violence of insanity. Or something.

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From Harley Quinn #4 - 6

An especially nasty organization of Russian terrorists was broken up by a joint American & Russian operation. But, a group of the deadliest of them escaped justice with a great deal of wealth, and are currently in New York, plotting the downfall of the American Dream.






Fortunately, the safety and security of our great nation is in good hands.

Comedic ultraviolence following. If DC & Marvel ever do joint projects again, I want a Harley & Deadpool team-up. But could the Multiverse survive such a union?

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And she gets her portfolio reviewed by Jim Lee!

From Harley Quinn Invades Comic-Con International: San Diego (12 out of 36 pages)

Harley and company go to the biggest Con in the world to promote the Coney Island businesses in Harley's building, but Harley also hopes to show some editors her artwork featuring her superheroine...




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