WARNING: SPOILERS FOR LAST WEEK’S HEROES IN CRISIS #2 IN THIS ARTICLE
When you think of publisher of DC Comics Jim Lee calling a character a “pillar” of their publishing line, you probably think of characters like Superman, Batman, or Wonder Woman. I would even accept Lex Luthor or the Joker. But the correct answer is actually Harley Quinn, who Lee called “the fourth pillar in our publishing line, behind Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman” in a interview with Vulture.
The reason this comes up is because of something that happened in last weeks Heroes in Crisis #2 written by Tom King with artwork by Clay Mann. During this issue Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman try and confront Harley Quinn about the murder of heroes that were found dead at the “super-hospital” Sanctuary. She tries to explain herself but realizes that they probably won’t believe her. So she is able to take Wonder Woman’s lasso of truth, compels Batman to reveal that he has kryptonite in his belt, disable Superman with it and get away. Check out Superman’s reaction below.
“She’s good. As good as you.” The character who made her debut in 1992 as Joker’s girlfriend/sidekick in Batman: The Animated Series’ episode titled “Joker’s Favor” is now being considered as someone with a possible equal intellect as “the worlds greatest detective” Batman. True she did not by any means defeat the three super heroes, but she did enough to get away and even impress Superman. But where did this all start?
While her character already had a following during Batman: The Animated Series and her inclusion in the video game Arkham Asylum in 2009, her rise in DC Comics started when Adam Glass thought that his 2011 Suicide Squad book needed her flair and comedy relief. But this came with a little resistance at first, because DC Comics did not want him to include her on his Suicide Squad team. Soon they discovered that Harley Quinn variant covers were selling better than those of any other characters.
Then came her self titled series Harley Quinn in 2016 which was put in the hands of Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti with artwork by Chad Hardin. Since then she has had may spin-off books the latest being Old Lady Harley #1 written by Frank Tieri with artist Inaki Miranda. Her current title is being written by Sam Humphries with artwork by Alisson Borges. Besides the books we know that she will star in her own animated series on DC Universe’s streaming service where she will be voiced by Kaley Cuoco. Not to mention her being part of the Birds of Prey film that is being made where she will be once again played by Margot Robbie.
Without a doubt she has come a long way from being Mr. J’s sidekick and has made DC Entertainment a lot of money. But does this deem her worthy of being on level with Batman? It will be interesting to continue to see Harley in Heroes in Crisis as they try and solve the mystery of who killed those characters. Not to mention see how the Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman handle running into her again (if they do).
What do you think about Harley Quinn’s place within DC Comics? Let us know in the comment section below!
DC Comics’ Heroes in Crisis #2 and Harley Quinn #53 is available at comic book stores now.
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