The fan favorite character Harley Quinn will be stepping into the spotlight later this year with her own brand new ongoing series, written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner.
The pair have worked together on such well known titles as Power Girl, Batwing, and Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre. In a recent interview with CBR, the comic book power couple outlined their thoughts on the character and the direction they’d like to take the series.
“We took a good long look at the New 52 version and then applied it to what we were going to do in the series. Harley is a complex character and we are going to build on her background, motivations and her home and supporting cast. Sort of what we did with Power Girl but with a mix of a bit more homicidal maniac added in.” Palmiotti said.
When asked about her connection to Suicide Squad, Amanda Conner had this to say: “We want to put her in a new surroundings, with new people, and see how she behaves in that environment. Is she going to try to keep it together, or is she just going to cut loose and introduce her new world to the Harley brand of crazy?”
When asked about redesigning the characters look (which you can see to the right), Conner said she was influenced by “some roller derby girls that I met a short time ago. I think that look totally works for Harley. Another thing I try to keep in mind is what would work really well for costumers and cosplayers, and what would be fun for them to create. One of my favorite things at a comic convention is seeing people dressed up in something that just started out as a thought in my head. Lastly, I always put the character in something that I wish I could run around in all the time.”
When asked about a potential new setting and guest appearances for Harley Quinn, Palmiotti replied: “Ideally, I always think its a bit of a weakness to start pouring guest stars in every issue out of the gate, but she does play in a very colorful world. In this series, we are moving Harley out of Gotham to a place that makes sense for her. Gotham will always be a part of her adventures, but we’ve got some madness up our sleeves. The art should give you a small hint.”
Harley Quinn, written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner, will debut later this year, though no artist is yet attached. We’ll keep you up to date with new info as it develops!