‘Don’t you wanna rev your Harley?’ – Batman: Mad Love

Today, we’re going back to the 90’s. Does anyone remember the origin story of Harley Quinn; that she first joined the DC universe in Batman: The Animated Series, in September 1992? I can see a few hands. How about Margo Robbie as Harley Quinn? Anyone remember that? Ah yes, many more hands.

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This is probably my favourite scene ever. Vroom Vroom! – Batman: Mad Love and Other Stories, DC, 2009

Paul Dini and Bruce Timm, writer and artist, from the 1990’s television show, decided to detail their collaborative stories of Harley Quinn in Batman: Mad Love and Other Stories, released in 2009. Obviously this is many years after the original animated series, but our (or at least my) love for Harley has not changed since her iteration – she is still the crazy lady that we all know and adore.

Mad Love is the story of Dr. Harleen Quinzel, and how the Joker came into her life, pretty much wrecking her brain to a point of insanity. ‘Mad Love,’ as Paul Dini states, ‘is when you fall so passionately for a person (particularly the wrong person) that nothing else in the world matters.’  This is very true for Harley, who falls head over heels for the Joker – Batman’s No.1 enemy. Which is funny because Harley nearly kills Batman with the ‘Death of a Hundred Smiles’, dangling Batman upside down over a large tub of piranhas, that way the piranhas are smiling to the victim. If only she didn’t care so much about the Joker’s blessing, or that Batman would be dead by now. R.I.P Batsie.

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Dr Harleen Quinzeel comforting the Joker – Batman: The Animated Series, Season 3, Episode 21, 1999

Mad Love is evidence of Harley’s love for the Joker, which at times I really don’t think is reciprocated. There are other iterations of this love that are actually both ways – for instance in the Arkham games where their love is shown, and occasionally that’s through beatings (which Harley is very much into). She just loves him more than he’ll ever know.

 

Have you read Mad Love? What did you think? Did you ever watch the original TV show? Did you love it or hate it? What about other iterations of Harley? Leave a comment below! 

(Header image: Batman: Mad Love and Other Stories, DC Comics, 2009)

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Marvel’s X-Men Gold #1 and the Controversy Around it

Sorry for the missing post last week! Thing’s have gotten hectic at the Library – it’s the Easter holidays so lots of people have come in! So firstly let me apologise for that. However, when I was thinking about what to post, something bad hit the comic book world. The artist for X-Men Gold Issue #1 has come under fire for antisemitic references, hidden in the art of the comic.

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Cover art of Kitty Pryde leading Storm, Colossus, Nightcrawler, Old Man Logan and Rachel Grey – X-Men- Gold #1, Marvel Entertainment, 2017

X-Men Gold, a splinter team of the original X-Men, lead by Kitty Pryde; known for the power of intangibility (or the ability to phase through solid objects). X-Men Gold #1 was her first comic as leader, and unfortunately she has become included in the disaster that now surrounds it.
A brief summary of the events are as follows. Ardian Syaf, the artist of X-Men Gold #1 referenced a verse from the Koran and the date of a Jakarta protest, all hidden quite well in the artwork. The Koran verse, 5:51, states something along the lines of “Oh you who believe, take not the Jews and the Christians as leaders/advisers.” The Jakarta protest is a Muslim protest against their Christian governor Ahok.

Here’s the full statement from Marvel Comics; “Marvel has terminated Ardian Syaf’s contract effective immediately. ‘X-Men Gold’ #2 and #3 featuring his work have already been sent to the printer and will continue to ship bi-weekly. Issues #4, #5, and #6 will be drawn by R. B. Silva and issues #7, #8, and #9 will be drawn by Ken Lashley. A permanent replacement artist will be assigned to ‘X-Men Gold’ in the coming weeks.”

 

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Kitty Pryde, a Jewish American, standing by to a store that says 212, date of the Jakarta protests. Next to her a store that says ‘Jewellery’ with the ‘-ellery’ bit obscured – X-Men Gold #1, Marvel Entertainment, 2017

Now this is all my own opinion – I am unsure what to think about this. I am very much of two minds. Though I understand fighting against tyrants, and am fully for being inclusive and what Governor Ahok did was wrong, I do not agree with the way Syaf has gone about it. Just putting it in a comic book about being inclusive (the X-Men date back to the times of Luther King and Malcom X, and the fight of blacks Vs whites) I don’t agree with the antisemitic way that it this has all taken place. I think placing it any other comic wouldn’t have been so damming for Syaf, but a comic that is all about living peacefully together in an unpeaceful word? That was not the way to go. It’s unfortunate he probably won’t work in the comics industry ever again, his art is very good, but after this I don’t think he deserves to work in such an inclusive business. All in all, I’m glad that Marvel are firing Syaf for his actions. I just hope this doesn’t tarnish Marvel more than they already have been.

 

Have you read X-Men Gold? Will you after all this? Do you have the super rare Issue 1, with all the references in them? Do you believe they were antisemitic? Leave a comment below! 

(Header image: X-Men Gold #1, Marvel Entertainment, 2017)

‘This is how an idea becomes real’ – Saga

With volume 7 of Saga, from Image Comics, being released just around the corner, which all of us at the Library are very excited about, I thought I would re-read the first ever volume of it and give you all a brief insight into the world of Landfall, and it’s moon Wreath. Before we get into the review, I want to remind you that Saga is an 18+ comic, and there is sex, swearing, blood and gore below.

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Marko cutting the umbilical cord – Saga, Image Comics, 2015

Alana, a Landfallian – all whom have wings and horns (though she can’t actually fly) – and Marko, from Wreath – who’s people all have horns or antlers and can wield magic – get married and have a baby together, which is highly unethical and bad in this world. As a warning, this comic basically just puts you in the middle of the action – as in Alana is literally giving birth to a “mongrel” child – she’s born with horns like her father and wings like her mother. It’s narrated by an older Hazel looking back at her life. This narration carries on for the whole series – which makes for a slightly unreliable narrator, because she’s a child. But it does make for a more interesting story.

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Salient points made by Prince Robot – Saga, Image Comics, 2015

There are also TV people. As in people with TV’s for heads. I am not making this up. Next to this paragraph is Prince Robot, a Prince who is a Robot. The Robots are from a dwarf planet, “which doesn’t mean that dwarves live there” which is just some of the great lines narrator-Hazel has.

A big trope in this comic is love. Alana loves Marko and vica versa. Prince Robot has a wife whom he is about to have a child with. Marko and Alana have parents who love them, and despise the other race due to their war. It evokes feeling from the reader by reminding them that they have someone, somewhere, that loves them.

My main issue with the series is that it just feels like we’re going in circles story-line wise, however that is only noticeable in Volumes 5 and 6. Otherwise, it’s an amazing comic, which you should all read! Look out for Volume 7 on our shelves soon!

Have you read Saga? What’s your thoughts? Would you recommend it to anyone? Leave a comment below! 

(Header image: Saga, Image Comics, 2015-Present)