While DC Ink's Mera: Tidebreaker and Super Sons: The Polarshield Project focus on heroes, the imprint's latest graphic nove is centered on an antihero. Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass from X-23 writer Mariko Tamaki and The Flinstones artist Steve Pugh brings Harleen Quinzel to Gotham City in her teenage years.
When the wayward teen ends up in Bruce Wayne's hometown, she will find herself a family within a community of drag queens. She will also fall under the influence of student activist Ivy and "a shadowy figure who calls himself The Joker."
In an interview with Quill & Quire, Tamaki said that one of her favorite things about writing Harley was that she'd always imagined her as "someone who likes to talk, fine with her own take on how to describe the world around her." During the novel, the character "makes up words and just talks through whatever she’s thinking" and has a "very honest free flow."
To get into the mindset of writing Harley, Tamaki revealed she listened to drag queen icon RuPaul, in addition to the B-52s and a lot of 80s music, particularly George Michael. Once she had developed the story, she knew she wanted to include drag queens in it: "It seemed the perfect fit for a character that has such a theatrical style. I just thought, where might you get your hands on all that makeup and cool clothes? Why not from a family of drag queens?"
Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass debuts this September.