Harley Quinn: Preludes and Knock-Knock Jokes hardcover presents the first seven issues of her ongoing series that ran from 2000 to 2004, written by Karl Kesel with art by Terry Dodson.
Harley Quinn, the character, is a total delight, and Harley Quinn, the comic book, is a total fun read!
A cavalcade of Gotham costume freaks make appearances, including the Joker, the Riddler, Catwoman, Poison Ivy and Two-Face.
The relationship between Harley and the Joker is intriguing. She loves him to death, while he just wants to see her dead! I love the friendship between Harley and Ivy, an unlikely combination, yet the seem to bounce off each other with great effect.
The writing is humorous and the dialog is incredibly smart. Above all, it’s a very entertaining read, and the unpredictable nature of the lead character always keeps the reader on their toes!
This hardcover has been a long time coming, and I hope DC Comics in the future proceed to publish more collections from the remainder of the series.
8 out of 10.