The Batman: The Animated Series-style adventures of Harley Quinn and The Joker will continue next year in a series of Harley Loves Joker specials published by DC Comics.
Written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Paul Dini and illustrated Brett Blevins, J. Bone and Alex Sinclair, "Harley Loves Joker" has appeared as a back-up feature in Harley Quinn beginning with April's Issue 17, transporting the characters -- and the readers -- back to the beloved animated series (at least in tone). With the final panel of Harley Quinn #25, on sale today, DC confirmed the story will be concluded in Harley Loves Joker #1, "coming soon."
That was teased earlier this week by Harley Quinn co-writer Palmiotti as he discussed the latest issue with Syfy Wire. "Harley and her crew come under the assault from the Unconquerable 25, and by the end of the issue we see them all separated and dealing with the assassins using each of their particular skills," he said. "That’s a blast in itself, but the back-up by Paul Dini, Brett Blevins, J. Bone, and Alex Sinclair is simply beautiful to behold. We also get to see some tender moments between the Joker and Harley and a tease of what, in the future, is the thing that divides them. This story will be continued in separate specials coming in 2018."
The news of the Harley Loves Joker specials comes as DC celebrates the 25th anniversary of the introduction of Harley Quinn on Batman: The Animated Series. Created by Dini and Bruce Timm, the fan-favorite antiheroine has become wildly popular, across comics, animation, film, video games and merchandising -- so much so that DC Co-Publisher Jim Lee has dubbed the character the "fourth pillar" of the company's publishing line, behind Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman.