Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass by Mariko Tamaki is graphic novel that provides a look into the origin story of one of my favorite characters in the Batman universe. I was given an excerpt to read, only about 25 pages. Harley has travelled to the big city of Gotham to stay with her grandmother. She finds out that her grandma has passed, but the building manager “Mama” allows her to stay in the apartment. Harley enters the local high school and tries to see where she fits in…
So far, I really like the art work and the high school setting, and many of the characters show great promise. I’m just unsure what age group/ audience this is directed towards. DC Ink is supposed to be 13+, yet some of the language and actions of the high schoolers seemed a little uncharacteristic of that age group. Are these characters supposed to realistic representations or archetypes of the typical high school scene?
I would definitely be interested in finishing the novel when it comes out. Kudos to Mariko Tamaki for taking on this endeavor. I’m sure the finished product will be fun to read.
Full book releases on June 4th, 2019.
Thank you to NetGalley, DC Ink, and Tamaki for the opportunity to read this excerpt.