Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti have announced their departure from DC's Harley Quinn. December 20's Harley Quinn #34 will be the duo's final issue of the series. Harley Quinn #34 will also be the final issue for artist John Timms.
“We just felt like maybe it’s a good time to take a break, take a step back, go on a honeymoon, maybe spend some of the money we made on each other and get to know each other,” Palmiotti told The Washington Post. “We love this character, but we felt like, a lot of times you work on books and the sales drop and the character isn’t popular anymore. With [Harley Quinn] we figured, well, let’s take a nice break while the character is essentially as hot as ever.”
Conner said she planned to return to doing more interior art after completing their Harley Quinn run, which began in 2014 with Harley Quinn Vol. 2 #1, as a co-writer and cover artist.
“Drawing the interiors is my favorite thing. I love it so much,” Conner explained. “And I kind of miss doing that and I’d like to get back into it.”
Conner will continue to provide covers for the series, which will be written by Frank Tieri with art by Inaki Miranda starting with January's Harley Quinn #35.
Conner and Palmiotti's final issue will reportedly kill off one of her supporting cast, which sends Harley to Florida to visit her parents and recuperate.
“She runs to mom and dad down in Florida to take a mental break, to look at her life,” Palmiotti said. “It’s us looking back at what we did, pushing Harley forward to the next team. So it kind of sets up some future stories as well for the next crew.”
However, Palmiotti said that the door may be open for a return to Harley Quinn down the road.
“We almost got famous on this,” Palmiotti joked. “It’s not the end of us. It’s just a nice vacation.”