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The Wrong Side: Harley Quinn vs. Wonder Woman

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In this feature, I examine comic book fights that were particularly notable in the wrong side winning (or at least that the fight wasn’t won the “right” way). This really isn’t a big deal, of course, as it doesn’t really matter if the “wrong” person won a fight. But it’s fun to talk about!

If you want to suggest a fight for future inclusion in this feature, drop me a line at bcronin@comicbookresources.com. Don’t suggest a fight in the comments!

Based on a suggestion from reader Eric H., we take a look at Harley Quinn taking out Wonder Woman!

As always, the first page spotlights their power levels and the second page examines the fight itself.

And as always, the first question we need to ask is…

How did these people do when they fought Spider-Man?

Sadly, Spider-Man has never met Harley Quinn.

He did sort of fight Wonder Woman in Superman and Spider-Man (the second one, by Jim Shooter, John Buscema, Joe Sinnott, Terry Austin and Klaus Janson)…



That was Pre-Crisis Wonder Woman, though. Spidey has never met the New 52 version of Wonder Woman.

As for power levels, New 52 Harley Quinn is a formidable foe. Here she is in Suicide Squad #1…


and here she is in Harley Quinn #1…


But New 52 Wonder Woman, she’s on a whole other level.

Check her out fighting Darkseid…



Check her out fighting her fellow Justice League teammates…




Here, she and Superman survive a NUKE!!!



Most importantly, check out this bit from Sinestro #17, where she flies out into outer space…


and kicks some SInestro Corps ass…


The whole “being able to hold her breath in outer space long enough to fly from Earth to Warworld” thing is very important.

Okay, on to the fight!

In the recent Harley Quinn’s Little Black Book #1 by Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner, Harley Quinn discovers a plot to kill Wonder Woman. Harley grew up as a huge Wonder Woman fan as a kid (that really doesn’t fit into any sort of timeline, but, well, eh, whaddayagonnado?) and decides that the best way to save Wonder Woman is to take her place. But to do so, she has to take Wonder Woman out of the picture, and here is how she does it…



Suffice it to say that I do not think that fight works. Wonder Woman can hold her breath to go into outer space and fight bad guys, but she can’t hold her breath here? It’s not like she was taken unawares. She sees Harley Quinn throw the gas bomb into the room!

It’s a fun comic book with amazing Amanda Conner artwork (she is so great), but I don’t think this makes sense for Wonder Woman’s power set.