Author: Mariko Tamaki & Steve Pugh // Published: September 3, 2019
Harleen is a tough, outspoken, rebellious kid who lives in a ramshackle apartment above a karaoke cabaret owned by a drag queen named MAMA. Ever since Harleen’s parents split, MAMA has been her only family. When the cabaret becomes the next victim in the wave of gentrification that’s taking over the neighborhood, Harleen gets mad.
When Harleen decides to turn her anger into action, she is faced with two choices: join Ivy, who’s campaigning to make the neighborhood a better place to live, or join The Joker, who plans to take down Gotham one corporation at a time.
Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass is at once a tale of the classic Harley readers know and love, and a heartfelt story about the choices teenagers make and how they can define–or destroy–their lives. This is the first title in DC’s new line of original graphic novels for middle grade and young adult readers.
Thank you DC Ink for gifting me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review!
Harley has always been one of my favorites from the DC universe. I was looking forward to this graphic novel for so long, and I was so happy to have the chance to read and review it.
The art style was amazing, and the story was fun to follow. It was nice to see a standalone of hers. Harley was fun and had her quirky qualities on display throughout the entire book which I loved. We got a glimpse of Ivy too who is biracial and an activist for all the right things. The story mostly follows Harley while she protects her neighborhood from being bulldozed. Of course this is very different from her origin story but it’s quite fun if you don’t know the character very much and it’ll probably appeal to younger readers.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mariko Tamaki has performed her work across Canada and through the States, recently appearing at the Calgary Folkfest 2004, Vancouver Writer’s Festival 2003, Spatial III, and the Perpetual Motion/Girls Bite Back Tour, which circled though Ottawa, Montreal, Brooklyn and Chicago. She has appeared widely on radio and television including First Person Singular on CBC radio and Imprint on TVO. Mariko Tamaki is currently attending York University working a master’s degree in women’s studies.