Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass by Mariko Tamaki | Review

Title: Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass

Author: Mariko Tamaki

Publisher: DC Ink

Published: September 3rd 2019

ISBN: 9781401283292

Pages: 196

Edition: ARC Paperback

Genre: YA Graphic Novel


Harleen is a tough, outspoken, rebellious kid who lives in a ramshackle apartment above a karaoke cabaret owned by a drag queen named MAMA. Ever since Harleen’s parents split, MAMA has been her only family. When the cabaret becomes the next victim in the wave of gentrification that’s taking over the neighborhood, Harleen gets mad.

When Harleen decides to turn her anger into action, she is faced with two choices: join Ivy, who’s campaigning to make the neighborhood a better place to live, or join The Joker, who plans to take down Gotham one corporation at a time.

Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass is at once a tale of the classic Harley readers know and love, and a heartfelt story about the choices teenagers make and how they can define–or destroy–their lives. This is the first title in DC’s new line of original graphic novels for middle grade and young adult readers.

My Rating: ★★★★☆

Disclaimer: I received a copy from the publisher, all opinions are my own.

Thank you DC Ink/Penguin Random House for sending me a copy of this book to review!

Harley Quinn is one of my FAVOURITE characters within the DC universe, I was so happy that I was able to have the chance to read this as I don’t think I would’ve thought to buy it otherwise as I never read a lot of graphic novels until this year & I’ve had such amazing opportunities to read some other great graphic novels as well!

In this graphic novel, we see Harley as a teenager, her parents have just split up and she heads to Gotham to live with her Grandma except she’s not there but there’s MAMA, and MAMA will help her and become her family.

Harley goes to school and becomes friends with Ivy, whose my other favourite character from DC, and Harley has a tough decision to make and she’s not sure which is the right one. On one hand there’s the peaceful way to help save the neighbourhood but Harley isn’t sure that it’s going to get the results that are needed now as her family are facing hard times now that the Kanes are taking over the town and forcing people to move because no one can afford the rent anymore. But there’s also a more destructive way, by joining the Joker whose planning on taking down the Kanes. But what will Harley choose in a way to help her anger?

I really liked the art style of this comic, I think that it matches the story perfectly and I thought that the story was really well done, I enjoyed reading about Harley as a teenager and getting to see what she’s like before fully becoming the Harley that we know today. It was an easy read, fast paced and you can finish it quite quickly as it is short!

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