Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner, the team behind DC Comics' Harley Quinn title, are leaving the series. Washington Post reports they will be replaced by writer Frank Tieri and artist Inaki Miranda from issue #35 onward.
The married couple will end their four-year run on Harley Quinn with issue #34. The duo wed in August 2013 and haven't had much time to celebrate or take a break. “We just felt like maybe it’s a good time to take a break, take a step back, go on a honeymoon, maybe spend some of the money we made on each other and get to know each other,” Palmiotti explained.
“We love this character, but we felt like, a lot of times you work on books and the sales drop and the character isn’t popular anymore," he continued. "With [Harley Quinn] we figured, well, let’s take a nice break while the character is essentially as hot as ever.”
Conner explained that while leaving the series a hard decision, it'll allow her to spend more time drawing. “Drawing the interiors is my favorite thing. I love it so much,” she said. “And I kind of miss doing that and I’d like to get back into it.”
When DC Comics' Rebirth initiative launched in 2016, the only thing about Palmiotti and Conner's run that changed was the numbering of the issues, which stands as a testament to their time on the series. Their run, alongside Margot Robbie's take on the character in last year's Suicide Squad, has cemented Harleen Quinzel as a pop culture icon.
Though Conner is no longer co-writing the story for Harley Quinn, she'll act as cover artist on the series when Tieri and Miranda take over. Her final run with Palmiotti will see Harley return home to her parents in Florida, leaving Brooklyn after having her heart broken. Their final issue will also feature the death of a major supporting character.
“She runs to mom and dad down in Florida to take a mental break, to look at her life,” Palmiotti revealed. “It’s us looking back at what we did, pushing Harley forward to the next team. So it kind of sets up some future stories as well for the next crew.”
With art by John Timms, Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti's final Harley Quinn issue goes on sale December 20.