Writer Sam Humphries and artist John Timms are taking over Harley Quinn starting with July 4's #45 with a story that brings Harley into Jack Kirby's Fourth World.
In the story, Harley is kidnapped by the Female Furies, but is then lured into joining the team by Granny Goodness. In exchange for tracking down one of Granny's former Furies, Harley will get super powers.
“The biggest question, and the biggest challenge for Harley, is defining if she’s a hero or a villain,” said Humphries in a statement. “But why can’t she be both? Or is there a third choice to explore? My vision for the book is ‘What if Bugs Bunny were a chainsaw, hosting Anthony Bourdain’s show, but in the DC Universe?’ In our first three-issue story arc, John Timms and I are going to bring the crazy Kirby Krackle to Harley Quinn—focusing on the manic energy that made us cheer for her and the tragic emotions that made us fall in love with her.”
“Harley Quinn does and says the things we all wish we could get away with,” Humphries continued. “She’s the embodiment of wish fulfillment. Harley is a wild card, and she’s a survivor; two things we all want to be at different times of the day. And Apokolips is just the beginning of our plans for Harley. No one in the DCU will be safe from Harley Quinn.”
Among the powers Harley receives is a special mallet made with powerful New Gods technology.
“When she grabs this Kirby-infused hammer, it’s going to give her powers like she’s never had before. It’s going to be unlike any other hammers she’s ever had before and she’s a hammer enthusiast," Humphries told the Washington Post. "We’re going to see Harley use that hammer to kick a lot of [butt], but we’re also going to see her wrestle over what it means to take on that kind of power.”
“For most people to wake up on Apokolips, you would be filled with dread,” Humphries continued. “Harley, she wakes up on Apokolips and she sees the fire pits, she sees the dystopian future, she sees the grinding machinery. She’s a wild card on a planet full of wild cards and there’s something for her to embrace there if she so chooses.”
Harley Quinn #45 is due out on shelves July 4 with art by John Timms and a cover by Guillem March and Romulo Fajardo Jr, seen here, as well as a variant cover by Frank Cho.