One of Harley Quinn’s original creators Paul Dini (Batman: The Animated Series) is returning to the character in the pages of her ongoing series. The regular Harley Quinn ongoing writers Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti and the standard art team are staying on the series’ main feature, but Dini, Palmiotti and Bret Blevins (New Mutants) are now joining the series, contributing a back-up feature starting in issue #17 on April 5th. The team is even bringing the character back into her traditional jester-styled costume.
In addition, when DC Entertainment shared the solicitation of the issue to Comics Alliance, they included a short synopsis on the story. The tale seemingly goes back-to-basics for the character, teasing Quinn’s connection to The Joker, as the series explores Quinn’s early days of being a criminal, seemingly romantically connected to The Joker. Here’s the solicitation;
HARLEY QUINN #17
Written by AMANDA CONNER and JIMMY PALMIOTTI
Backup story written by PAUL DINI and JIMMY PALMIOTTI
Art by JOHN TIMMS
Backup story art by BRET BLEVINS
Cover by AMANDA CONNER
Variant cover by FRANK CHO
“Deadly Sin” part one! The twisted Harley Sinn’s been released from prison, and she’s looking to hurt Harley in a whole new way…by going after somebody she loved and lost! And to make this issue extra-unmissable, a brand-new backup story begins, set in Harley’s earliest days with the Joker—and co-written by one of Harley’s original creators, Paul Dini! “Harley Loves Joker” kicks off as Harley makes the biggest mistake of her burgeoning criminal career…accidentally revealing the location of Mistah J’s hideout!
On sale APRIL 5 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
Dini co-created Harley Quinn in Batman: The Animated Series and has gone on to write the character in other cartoons across different media and comics from the Batman: Arkham Asylum video game in 2009, spanning all the way back to comics with the Harley Quinn framing device in December’s DC Rebirth Holiday Special #1 and in countless other forms!