The first meeting of Harley Quinn and the Joker will get a unique twist in a just-announced new DC Black Label title scheduled to debut this fall. In Joker/Harley: Criminal Insanity by writer Kami Garcia and artists Mike Mayhew and Mico Suayan, Harleen Quinzel is given a bit more agency as she's reimagined as a forensic psychatrist/profiler called in by Gotham City Police Department to help stop a serial killer known as the Joker.
"When Kami came to us with the idea of profiling one of the most mysterious and dangerous characters in the DC Universe, it felt so new and original,” said DC co-Publisher Dan DiDio. “Kami, Mico and Mike are taking great care to ensure that the mystery surrounding the Joker and Harley Quinn remains intact, while delivering a story that’s both compelling and haunting. This series is exactly the kind of unique, standalone story that’s perfect for DC Black Label, one we hope will engage both casual and new fans of these characters.”
Announced at BookCon's DC/DC Black Label panel Sunday, Joker/Harley: Criminal Insanity is scheduled to run for nine issues monthly beginning October 2.
“There is no character more terrifying than the Joker. He is one of the most complex psychopathic killers ever created,” said Garcia. “I wanted to approach the project as if the Joker was a real person - an intelligent and sane psychopath, who kills because he wants to, not because he suffers from delusions. To me, a version of the Joker, who is sane like John Wayne Gacy or Ted Bundy, is more frightening. In the series, Harley is the only character with the skill set and intelligence to hunt the Joker, but the investigation will force her to confront her own inner demons."