DC is proud to present a selection of eight stories of rapscallion romance, prodigious passion, and undulating, unbridled affection.
Tension builds as Apollo and Midnighter are captured by an unknown alien species who are determined to learn the secrets of their supersoldier success.
Harley Quinn gets caught in a scintillating fantasy: What would life have been like if she and Ivy had met in high school?
Also featuring Fire and Ice heating things up, fan-favorite heroine Power Girl’s romantic tale, John Constantine’s mysterious tryst, an amorous Aquaman adventure, and many more!
These are lovelorn fantasies as only DC can tell them… but it’s not a Harlequin romance… prepare yourself for the Harley Quinn Romances!
Geek DadOverall, it’s a funny anthology with some great tales, although quality varies pretty dramatically from story to story.
The Super Powered FancastStory 1: This tale features a unique story within a story aspect. In the main story Harley follows Ivy on a holiday themed caper, during which she shares a Valentine’s Day fanfic of the two Gotham City Sirens. Story 2: I really enjoyed this funny and action-packed narrative, especially the sweet ending. Story 3: Life as a single superhero isn’t easy. Power Girl, Karen Starr, goes on a blind date with Jimmy Olsen at the behest of her cousin Clark. Afterwards, a series of events causes Karen to question the feasibility of a new relationship. Story 4: I found this tale to be both amusing and melancholy. The banter between Constantine and Deadman was witty. And it was nice to see a tender side of Deadman. Story 5: Ice arranges a series of blind dates for Fire, who is looking for the perfect Valentine. Honestly, the way the villain in the beginning of the story was handled, turned me completely off. I don’t know much about these characters, but I think it was a complete miss. Story 6: This was a cute adventure that illustrated the power of love. Story 7: I found this story adorable and reminiscent of my favorite Harlequin books. Story 8: It was interesting how each of the six women gathered had a different story about their encounters with Aquaman while Mera was in “another dimension.”
Dark Knight NewsI want to congratulate DC on such a stellar outing and the many teams that worked on the different chapters. creating a collection such as this one can't be easy and DC used this opportunity to provide work for several new and up-and-coming talents. Any future Valentine's Day issues will hopefully feature even more new creators and team ups. Also, more queer stories!
The Comicbook DispatchHarley Quinn Romances #1 is an overall mediocre book with a 2 great stories and 2 slightly better than average stories out of 8. If you’re in the mood for a mix of stories ranging from the bizarre to silly to bittersweet, this book is for you.
AIPTThis early V-Day present offers up superhero love through uplifting tales of humanity and needlessly hokey, overly gimmicky jokes.
Batman-NewsThis anthology is a mixed bag. I was glad I read some of the stories, others were passable, and a couple were just terrible. I wouldn’t say drop everything and go out and buy this book, but you probably won’t be mad if you read it either. Just skip the first and last stories.
ComicBook.comI am a sucker for a themed anthology and I am also a sucker for romance comics and while DC's Harley Quinn Romances #1 is both and is plenty of fun, it's far from perfect. At 86 pages and 8 stories, there is genuinely something for everyone here – one of the issue's key strengths. Genuinely, There is a wide range of characters explored here, types of love, and even art styles. (...) But where the book as a whole kind of wobbles is that it has some wild swings in style. It's very much the equivalent of reading a magazine in a sense, where you get a some good stuff, but you flip through some lesser things for those few things and for a book this size, it feels like we should get something just a touch better.
DC Comics NewsDC’s Harley Quinn Romances is a pleasant read for fans of Harley Quinn, and any DC fan looking for a low-pressure imaginative ride through the love lives of our favorite characters. I would recommend this book to anyone who appreciates a wide range of art styles and zany concepts. Some of the follow-throughs could be improved, but all in all, I think Harley herself would get a kick out of these stories.
Women Write About Comics - WWACSpeaking of things to leave in 2022, can we also leave queer baiting there? When the credits page for this book, the annual Valentine’s Day DC special, was released about a month ago, I and several of my friends got excited about Fire and Ice being included in the lineup. DC’s done a great job recently of resetting subtext and allowing it to become text, and Fire and Ice being included in a romance special gave us hope that their own subtext would finally be made canon. But no, we get a stupid “Will you be my Galentine” ending. I’m not saying friendships between women aren’t important, but don’t fucking bait us along by hinting that they might get a romance in a book entitled DC’s Harley Quinn Romances. The covers are excellent and most of the stories are worth reading, but that one left a foul taste in my mouth.