In Review: Harley Quinn & the Birds of Prey (2020-) #1

For Harley, “as quietly as she can” is plenty loud…

Synopsis: Harley Quinn has avoided Gotham City ever since she broke up with The Joker and found a home, and a kind of family, in Coney Island. But when she gets an offer she can’t refuse, she has no choice but to slip back into the city as quietly as she can, hoping to be gone before anyone-especially her ex-learns she’s been there. But for Harley, “as quietly as she can” is plenty loud…and before she can say “Holee bounty hunters, Batman,” The Joker’s sicced every super-villain in the city on her pretty ombré head-and the only team tough enough (or crazy enough) to come to her defense is the Birds of Prey!

Review: Released last week in plenty of time for the new movie. This comic reteams Amanda Connor and Jimmy Palmiotti to bring back everyone’s favorite female anti-hero/villain Harley Quinn who teams with The Birds of Prey.

The Story

Having been living in Coney Island for a time. It was only a matter of time before Harley Quinn got herself into some trouble and thanks to a brief holiday with Poison Ivy and losing sight of her mortgage or something like that. Trouble manages to find Harley. When the manager of her residence gets beaten up and Harley’s home burned to the ground. Quinn sets about getting some payback and after a long conversation with Power Girl explaining what happened. Harley makes plans to visit Gotham and got after the crook who robbed her and her friends, which includes her stuffed beaver, some much-deserved payback.

The Artwork

Thankfully the artwork within the pages of the book is a little bit more inspired and fun than the cover of the comic. I particularly enjoyed the panels that take place in the hospital when Harley pays a visit to the poor guy that had the misfortune of managing her building while she was away screwing up her relationship with Ivy.

I also enjoyed the final set of panels that take place on the train when Harley with a little help from The Huntress takes on a bunch of The Joker’s heavies, who he has sent to see her off.


Jimmy Palmiotti brings us his best game when it comes to finding the manic voice of Harley Quinn who has more inuendos than an average Carry On Movie. I had a few giggles at Harley’s stuffed beaver who has many of the best one-liners in the book. Amanda Connor brings some wonderful art to the comic and as already mentioned the panels that take place on the train are brilliantly done.

Overall. A fun read with a lot of cameos and guest spots from some well down DC Heroes and Villians.

Harley Quinn & the Birds of Prey (2020-) #1
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Ian Cullen is the founder of and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: When he is not writing for Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of You can contact ian at:
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