Harley Quinn is an Arkham Asylum psychiatrist who manically falls head over heels for Gotham’s own batshit insane Joker and becomes both his part time lover and full time accomplice. And you know what? I unabashedly love her.

I ❤ you.

There’s something tantalizing about diving into the mind of a woman who falls in love with a madman. How did Joker get inside her head? What DOES she see in him? What does it mean to be crazy? I love the way they dance around these questions as they depict her as just completely oblivious to Joker’s sometimes outright abusive yet playful jests in their relationship. Ah, and yes. There’s also that whole Cirque du Soleil thing she has going on. I’m 100% for that.

Get it? *sigh* I’m not, however, a fan of the new rebooted juggalo-esque Harley Quinn.

She might have originated as a neurotic sidekick in Batman: The Animated Series, but since then she’s had her fair share of comic and video games cameos. Though I wonder if the authors who drag out Harley Quinn will ever use her to her true potential. She can be an amusing, energetic, and crafty villain. She doesn’t just have to be a crazed clown loving lackey for the comic book heroes real nemesis. I keep wanting someone to delve into the pathos of what makes her….her. And play that out in a way that’s as faithful, dark, manipulative and twisted as the romance she shares with Joker.

Maybe one day!

Until then, I’m left with rewatching various Batman: The Animated Series episodes with her yelling, “Mr.J! Blah, blah, blah” or listening to her having girl talk with Poison Ivy. And maybe even catching a few panels of her in this ever growing pile of digital comics I’ve now collected. I guess what I’m trying to say is…I’d like more Harley Quinn, okay? Is that bad? Is it?
-Neil

Twitter: @neilporche

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