Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti’s time co-writing Harley Quinn collectively from 2013 to 2018 helped launch the beloved antihero to new ranges of recognition and entrenched her as one in every of DC’s most iconic characters.
In February, the duo returns to Harley Quinn…and now she’s received the Birds of Prey in tow. Conner is illustrating interiors in addition to co-writing the four-issue, mature readers sequence, which lands in shops on February 12th. In Harley Quinn and the Birds of Prey, Harley returns to Gotham Metropolis for the primary time since breaking apart with the Joker—and he’s received each super-villain on the town gunning for her, with solely the Birds of Prey stepping as much as her protection.
DC Nation talked with Conner and Palmiotti to element simply how far off the rails issues will get in Harley Quinn and the Birds of Prey, which co-stars a number of characters who will likely be acquainted to DC film followers—Black Canary, Huntress, Cassandra Cain and Renee Montoya.
How a lot is that this sequence a continuation from what you probably did in your earlier Harley Quinn run? How does it really feel to be returning to the character?
Jimmy Palmiotti: This e book is a direct continuation of our final difficulty on the month-to-month Harley Quinn sequence. We choose up with Ivy and Harley having a little bit of trip time on a tropical island and issues go sideways from there.
Amanda and I are having a blast not solely revisiting the supporting characters we established within the sequence, but additionally elevating the stakes for Harley with the addition of the Birds of Prey and the Gotham rogues gallery. We even have plenty of shock visitors we’re placing within the books that followers of our work will completely be thrilled to see once more.
On the flipside of that, being that it is a mature readers sequence, what can you do on this e book that you simply weren’t in a position to earlier than?
JP: Properly, we’re simply writing the e book the best way we see it and taking some issues a bit too far, simply to check how far we actually can go. We did that within the month-to-month sequence, and we had a boatload of purple flags thrown at us on a regular basis. With Black Label, we hope to see much less purple flags for positive. We will likely be pushing each envelope we will and see the place issues land with editorial. Our essential purpose is simply to inform the very best story doable and get the readers concerned.
Amanda Conner: That, and some swear phrases. The problem within the common sequence was making up phrases and phrases that weren’t really swear phrases. Generally, once we have been on a roll, we made up phrases and phrases that sounded even worse than their unique swear-y counterparts.
Amanda, it’s tremendous thrilling that you simply’re illustrating this in addition to co-writing. What lured you again to drawing interiors, and the way a lot enjoyable has it been?
AC: I’ve at all times cherished drawing interiors. I like the storytelling side, the pacing, the character actions and reactions. I didn’t get a lot of an opportunity to do it on the Harley Quinn sequence as a result of I’m positively not the quickest artist on the market and with co-writing and canopy artwork duties, there was no means I might be capable to sustain with a month-to-month e book. Admittedly, I used to be extraordinarily envious of Chad (Hardin) and John (Timms), however on the similar time, I used to be so happy to have such unbelievable artists on a e book that we have been writing.
On this miniseries, we’ve in-built additional time in order that I can get to do the interiors. I’m so joyful to have the ability to do this on this e book.
After all, it’s not only a Harley Quinn sequence, it’s Harley Quinn and the Birds of Prey. What are you able to share concerning the dynamics of that ensemble, and the way the remainder of the staff reacts to Harley?
AC: Harley just about vexes all these round her. Even when you’re a personality that simply loves her, she is going to exhaust you. It will likely be enjoyable to see what sort of hassle she causes for the Birds, however we may even get to see which Chook vexes Harley.
We’ve additionally received the Joker and Poison Ivy concerned, the 2 characters most carefully related to Harley. What are you wanting ahead to exploring in these relationships with this new sequence?
AC: With Harley and the Joker, it’s at all times enjoyable to look at what sort of friction two exes have with one another…it makes for actually fascinating storytelling.
So far as Harley and Ivy go, effectively, it’s like I mentioned earlier than…when you’re a personality that completely loves and adores Harley, she is going to nonetheless exhaust you.
Harley Quinn and the Birds of Prey #1 by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti is on sale Wednesday, February 12 in print and as a digital obtain.