Review: Harley Quinn 25th Anniversary Special #1

Writers: Paul Dini, Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Conner, Chip Zdarsky

Artists: Amanda Conner, Joseph A. Quinones Jr., Chad Hardin

One word to describe the Harley Quinn series: entertaining. To celebrate the antihero turning a quarter century, DC has rounded up some of the best talent around for Harley Quinn 25th Anniversary Special #1. Included are four short stories, with a few variant covers in between. Rather than try and go through and summarize each short, I’ll just collectively give a review.

The stories are fun, quick and don’t really further the book’s main plot in any way. And that’s quite all right. This issue is meant to showcase the best of Harley Quinn in a number of different situations. She’s funny, charming, tough and can kick ass in a moment’s notice. That’s why we loved her 25 years ago, and it’s why we still love her today.

The number of contributing artists is just as jaw-dropping as the writers. Amanda Conner, Joseph A. Quinones Jr. and Chad Hardin all bring their best to the 30+ pages of story here. Each version stands out from the others, yet collectively it all fits in the same book. I’ve been a fan of the style Harley Quinn has created over the past 10+ issues, and it’s no different here.


What a blast. This oversized issue celebrates Harley Quinn’s 25-year milestone in colorful, comedic fashion. Whether you’ve been reading all along, or are debating on starting now, grab this issue and toast to another 25 years of Harley Quinn.

Ryan Lower

A lifelong fan of the Dark Knight, Ryan Lower grew up far from Gotham in Indiana but has planted roots in Chicago. A writer for a T.V. station, he also enjoys brooding at home in his own batcave, devouring Batman comics, shows and movies.