Love hurts… though not as badly as having your identity stripped away and your body bleached by acid. In DC Universe’s
Ever since she was first introduced in
It’s only in the past few years that Harley Quinn and the Joker’s relationship has been looked at with a critical eye. For eons, toxic relationships like theirs have been pushed as passionate rather than dangerous. Harley Quinn rides this advanced cultural reading and rolls with it, dipping the subject in a coating of crude humor and animated ultra-violence to give it a feel unlike any other DC series.
Women rarely get to see themselves at the forefront of adult animation.
Harley’s newfound freedom from the Joker is enabled by her Arkham cellmate, Poison Ivy. Lake Bell voices the character and is one of the best parts of the series. For those hoping for the queer romance in which the comics have engaged this pair, we can’t promise that. (The creators have hinted that it may happen in the second season, which is currently airing on DC Universe.) For now, Ivy plays a vital role that anyone who has tried to leave (or help a loved one leave) a terrible relationship knows: the loving, long-suffering best friend. Harley and Ivy‘s journey is key to the success of the series and it feels surprising to see a female friendship so obviously driven by love that also gets to be strained and tested.
Heartbreak is ugly and painful and often ridiculous, which is why
The animation team at DC is second to none, rendering the show stunning at every turn whether we’re Harley and company are cracking skulls or exploring the grimy streets of Gotham. Batman’s home city has long been one of comics’ most iconic locales, and in Harley Quinn we get to see the newly single villainess try to make it her proverbial bitch. That means regular appearances from Batman and Jim Gordon, as well as a rotating roster of deep-cut rogues that will impress even the most knowledgable DC fans. Rebounding has never been as fun as when you have 80 years of DC villains to play with.
Whether you’re already a fan of Harley and Ivy, or you’re just looking for something rude, crude, and full of attitude to sooth your lonely heart, you could do a lot worse than checking out
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