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Harley Quinn: Black + White + Redder #1 (of 6)

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 6 critic ratings.

The bloody brilliance of 2020’s Harvey-nominated Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red deserved an encore-this time in print periodical! In this all-new miniseries, 18 short tales of Gotham’s most unpredictable antihero unspool in black, white, and red ink (because she’s never seen the world in just black and white). In this issue: Comedic legends (they made us say that) Chip Zdarsky and Kevin Maguire team up to send Harley and Ivy deep into the heart of the Fortress of Solitude! Leah Williams and Natacha Bustos reveal Harley’s teenage past as a high-flying gymnast with vengeance on her mind! And actor Paul Scheer joins co-writer Nick Giovannetti and artist Tom Reilly to send former Joker sidekicks Harley and Gaggy Gagsworthy on a heist that’s worth the risk…but can the pair walk out on their vendetta in 30 seconds flat when they feel the heat around the corner?

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
43 pages
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6 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Dark Knight News

    Harley Quinn: Black, White, and Redder #1 gives a slew of amazing artwork and stories to enchant. Plus there is a whole other book still yet to come. If this book is any indication of what is to come, bring it. I would disappear with these stories any day.

  • 90

    Geek Dad

    Overall, very strong first issue with no real weak links.

  • 90


    The first issue is a nice mix focusing on the humor, tragedy, and wackiness of the character.

  • 80

    While I question the over saturation of Harley Quinn comics at DC right now—the character is starting to reach Batman levels in that regard and that’s not necessarily a positive thing giving how wildly inconsistent the Harley stories are—Harley Quinn: Black + White + Redder #1 is overall pretty good. The book is an anthology of sorts with several short takes on Harley in various different settings in scenarios. We get Harley and Ivy trying to break into the Fortress of Solitude from Chip Zdarsky and Kevin Maguire, a teenage Harley dealing with the pressures of being a gymnast from. Leah Williams and Natacha Bustos, and a jewel heist from Paul Scheer, Nick Giovannetti and Tom Reilly. While the third story is kind of weak in that it feels like there’s a misunderstanding of Harley generally at moments, all three stories are fun to read with Williams’ tale of teen Harley in particular a standout. It’s a pretty strong issue and one that has great appeal in terms of exploring this wildly multifaceted character.

  • 70

    You Don't Read Comics

    Harley Quinn is hit-or-miss. She can be a lot of fun if she’s caught at the right angles. It’s really, really difficult to do so, though. She’s such an erratic personality. What works well with one writer might not necessarily work really well with another. The cool thing about an anthology is that if one creative team doesn’t necessarily have a fun relationship with the clown girl, there’s a good chance that she’s going to get along with at least one of the other two. In this issue, that connection is made quite well with Maguire and Zdarsky.

  • 65


    Despite my blasting the last story, I will say that it was nice to read a Harley book where I could recognize that I was reading Harley Quinn. Noticeably, every writer so far has chosen to write Harley as a villain here. That shows how people are still viewing the character apart from editorial constraints. However, we can still see the confusion about who Harley is even supposed to be as a character. We can also see that DC just doesn’t have the greatest pool of writers to pull from right now.

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About the Author: Chip Zdarsky

In the ever-evolving landscape of comic books, Chip Zdarsky emerges as a figure of immense creativity and versatility. Known for infusing his narratives with both humor and emotional depth, Zdarsky has charted a course through the comic book universe that is as diverse as it is compelling. From the groundbreaking humor of “Sex Criminals” to the gritty streets of Marvel’s “Daredevil,” his journey is a testament to a talent that refuses to be pigeonholed.

The man behind the pseudonym, Steve Murray, became a household name with “Sex Criminals,” co-created with Matt Fraction. This series broke new ground with its audacious blend of comedy, romance, and the supernatural. It was here that Zdarsky’s knack for balancing wit with genuine storytelling first shone, earning the series critical acclaim and a dedicated following.

Zdarsky’s portfolio, however, spans a broad spectrum. His unique voice has breathed new life into “Howard the Duck,” where he explored themes of identity and belonging, and his run on Marvel’s “Daredevil” has been celebrated for its moral complexity and rich character development. But Zdarsky’s talents are not limited to writing. As an artist, he has lent his distinct visual style to numerous projects, enhancing his narratives with expressive artistry and dynamic visuals.

In recent years, Zdarsky has ventured into the shadowy alleys of Gotham City, bringing his distinctive flair to the world of Batman. His work on Batman titles has quickly garnered attention for its fresh take on the Dark Knight, blending the character’s traditional brooding intensity with new layers of psychological depth. Through stories that delve into Batman’s complex psyche and the morally ambiguous landscape of Gotham, Zdarsky adds to the rich tapestry of Batman lore, proving yet again his ability to navigate and innovate within established universes.

Beyond his impressive body of work, Zdarsky’s engagement with the comic book community — through social media, conventions, and insightful industry commentary — has made him a beloved figure among fans and fellow creators. His contributions have not only earned him awards and nominations but have also solidified his role as a pivotal voice in contemporary comics.

As Chip Zdarsky continues to explore the darker corners of Gotham City, his journey exemplifies the power of storytelling in comic books — where humor meets heroism, and the human condition is explored in the flicker of a bat signal against the night sky. For those drawn to the art of comics, Zdarsky’s work offers a masterclass in creativity, inviting readers into worlds both wildly imaginative and intensely real.

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