FORMAT: DIGITAL | RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW
DC’s latest Digital First comic series is Harley Quinn: Black+White+Red, a spin on the classic Batman: Black & White anthology format. As you can probably guess, this time it’s all about the Clown Princess of Crime, with each issue handled by a different creative team and told in monochrome - except for the occasional dash of red.
B+W+R kicks off with an issue that should please fans as it serves as a sequel to Stjepan Sejic’s terrific Harleen limited series. Harleen: Red catches up with the former Dr. Quinzel in Arkham Asylum, now locked in one of its cells - er, rooms - after her descent into madness. But somehow the colour red will prove key to her escape.
Sejic’s work, on both the scripting and the artwork, is as strong as ever. The tale mirrors Harleen in some neat ways and, while there’s no space to really dive into Harley’s psyche like he did before, the comic definitely checks off a couple of things fans desperately wanted to see. With Sejic not working on a fully-fledged follow-up to Harleen any time soon, this issue is an unexpected treat and kicks off this new series on a high. Future issues will feature work from many DC greats - including Harley’s co-creator Paul Dini - so the quality should hopefully continue.