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Harley was certain she could have it all: She could be the world's best landlord, protect Coney Island from the scum of the Earth, woo Mason Macabre, work her day job as a psychiatrist, volunteer at the puppy shelter...but that's a whole lot of spinning plates, and eventually they're bound to start breaking! What happens when a psychopath cracks up? Is it possible for Harl Harley was certain she could have it all: She could be the world's best landlord, protect Coney Island from the scum of the Earth, woo Mason Macabre, work her day job as a psychiatrist, volunteer at the puppy shelter...but that's a whole lot of spinning plates, and eventually they're bound to start breaking! What happens when a psychopath cracks up? Is it possible for Harley to go even more insane?! Collects HARLEY QUINN #14-15, HARLEY QUINN ANNUAL #1, HARLEY QUINN VALENTINE'S DAY SPECIAL  #1, and HARLEY QUINN HOLIDAY SPECIAL #1.


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Harley was certain she could have it all: She could be the world's best landlord, protect Coney Island from the scum of the Earth, woo Mason Macabre, work her day job as a psychiatrist, volunteer at the puppy shelter...but that's a whole lot of spinning plates, and eventually they're bound to start breaking! What happens when a psychopath cracks up? Is it possible for Harl Harley was certain she could have it all: She could be the world's best landlord, protect Coney Island from the scum of the Earth, woo Mason Macabre, work her day job as a psychiatrist, volunteer at the puppy shelter...but that's a whole lot of spinning plates, and eventually they're bound to start breaking! What happens when a psychopath cracks up? Is it possible for Harley to go even more insane?! Collects HARLEY QUINN #14-15, HARLEY QUINN ANNUAL #1, HARLEY QUINN VALENTINE'S DAY SPECIAL  #1, and HARLEY QUINN HOLIDAY SPECIAL #1.

30 review for Harley Quinn, Vol. 3: Kiss Kiss Bang Stab

  1. 4 out of 5

    MischaS_

    I'm honestly disappointed. This Harley, do good just to go terribly wrong, seems very out of character for my liking. It seems like the authors are unsure who Harley really is and what to do with her without Joker on the scene. There are too many hallucinations going around; they seriously need to stop with this. It destroys the flow of the story, and it's annoying because it means that simply nothing happens. I adore Harley and Ivy, however, here, it did not work because it was very fleeing and I'm honestly disappointed. This Harley, do good just to go terribly wrong, seems very out of character for my liking. It seems like the authors are unsure who Harley really is and what to do with her without Joker on the scene. There are too many hallucinations going around; they seriously need to stop with this. It destroys the flow of the story, and it's annoying because it means that simply nothing happens. I adore Harley and Ivy, however, here, it did not work because it was very fleeing and only several scenes that did nothing for me. The highlight was Harley in evening dress; she looked stunning. Where several scenes had potential, it got destroyed by the poor storytelling.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede

    This is the best Harley Quinn volume I read so far! Unfortunately, for some reason did I wait 3 months to write this review, but thanks to screen shots can I retell some of the best parts of this volume where Harley has to save Ivy, puppies and Bruce Wayne? Yes, Bruce is being auctioned off and Harley of course just have to buy him, especially since the money will go to helping animals... But first let's start off with Poison Ivy losing her memory and Harley is trying, in her own way, to help get This is the best Harley Quinn volume I read so far! Unfortunately, for some reason did I wait 3 months to write this review, but thanks to screen shots can I retell some of the best parts of this volume where Harley has to save Ivy, puppies and Bruce Wayne? Yes, Bruce is being auctioned off and Harley of course just have to buy him, especially since the money will go to helping animals... But first let's start off with Poison Ivy losing her memory and Harley is trying, in her own way, to help get Ivy's memory back. Since Ivy isn't really Sleeping Beauty doesn't this really work. Oh, and here is the big bad...head that is behind Ivy's memory loss. He is actually just a misunderstood...head. But the best part is at the Charity gala where Bruce Wayne is auctioned off. Of course, the gala is crashed by two bad men trying to rob it. But luckily for Bruce is Harley there to save him. And, of course, she just has to end the night with a kiss... or two... All and all a truly wonderful volume loved it very much and I'm so looking forward to reading the next one. I just hope that Harley's puddin' is in it! ;) Some bonus screenshots: I want to thank the publisher and Edelweiss for providing me with a free copy for an honest review!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Karlyflower *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)*

    GIVE ME THIS ART RIGHT NOW!!!!! THIS ART!!! This art is ALL I want!!!! GIVE ME THIS ART RIGHT NOW!!!!! THIS ART!!! This art is ALL I want!!!!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    Remember the #0 issue where a ton of artists contributed pages for Harley’s sugar-induced hallucinations? Apparently that’s now the format of the series! Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti write Harley waaaayy out of character and have fashioned her into a do-gooder type who’s created a mob of Harley-ettes who fight crime. That’s the feeble “story” of this nearly 200 page book! Conner/Palmiotti really don’t know what to do with Harley. She’s a psychiatrist, she’s a landlord, she’s a roller derby g Remember the #0 issue where a ton of artists contributed pages for Harley’s sugar-induced hallucinations? Apparently that’s now the format of the series! Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti write Harley waaaayy out of character and have fashioned her into a do-gooder type who’s created a mob of Harley-ettes who fight crime. That’s the feeble “story” of this nearly 200 page book! Conner/Palmiotti really don’t know what to do with Harley. She’s a psychiatrist, she’s a landlord, she’s a roller derby gal, she’s chasing romance with Ivy and then some new buff guy, she’s running a small zoo, she’s a burgeoning superhero; I’m not sure why they’ve got her spinning so many plates except to say they’re hoping that all this stuff will somehow amount to something (it doesn’t). Worse though is the tedious storytelling. One overlong sequence has Harley try to bust out Ivy from Arkham so she decides to hijack a small plane and parachute from it into the asylum. After several pages setting this up, she fails, parachutes onto a table of pizza and chows down. She ends up driving a car into Arkham’s gates and gets in that way. I think that was supposed to have us in stitches but it’s so, so unfunny and utterly pointless. After some unnecessary dream sequences, we discover that it was all to add an annoying new character to the mix, a talking egg called Edgar with robot tentacles (really!). That drivel is indicative of this book as a whole. One story has Harley give away puppies, then visit the house of a family who has her favourite puppy and stick around to fix that family or some ridiculous crap. Another one has Harley try to literally kill time because she’s found a grey hair, so she goes after an elderly geezer called Thyme. Oh, my sides. Bruce Wayne is auctioned off for charity and goes on a date with Harley. More dream sequences follow. Are we supposed to be laughing? Entertained? This is desperate, throwaway horseshit that’s just super annoying. The man chasing, the bad comedy, the cutesiness – it’s like an endless Ally McBeal episode! There’s more but I’ll stop here, pop some aspirin and think of other things. Like Harley, this series is a hot mess.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    I received a preview eARC of this title from the publisher through NetGalley. I have a new favorite girl. Her name is Harley. She is as adorable and kindhearted as she is callous, badass, and well, honestly, batshit crazy. Just look at this smile and tell me you don't feel all warm inside: For real though, this set of one issue stories is pretty entertaining. Harley is unpredictable and a little bit unhinged, but she's also cute and in her own wacky way, innocent. She has a heart of gold. If she li I received a preview eARC of this title from the publisher through NetGalley. I have a new favorite girl. Her name is Harley. She is as adorable and kindhearted as she is callous, badass, and well, honestly, batshit crazy. Just look at this smile and tell me you don't feel all warm inside: For real though, this set of one issue stories is pretty entertaining. Harley is unpredictable and a little bit unhinged, but she's also cute and in her own wacky way, innocent. She has a heart of gold. If she likes you. Or if she is touched by your situation. She loves animals of all kinds (and will seemingly try to adopt all of them). But if she doesn't like you, and that's usually because you were mean to her, an animal, or someone she cares for, then you're pretty much done. Most importantly, this book was funny. I mean, I usually take my comic reading (somewhat) seriously, but this had me laugh out loud several times. Perhaps it shows that I'm a bit twisted myself that I enjoy this kind of humor as much as I do, but whatever. I was already looking forward to the new Suicide Squad movie, but now I'm even more excited about it. Oh, one warning to the unwary though before I can recommend it. Whatever you do, do NOT mention this guy around Harley: (view spoiler)[ Just don't. (hide spoiler)]

  6. 5 out of 5

    Roxanne

    This volume is mostly a collection of the specials which are usually good and the ones included in this were really fun to read, i especially loved the valentines and the holiday specials. The problem for those that don't collect in single issue is that this volume only contains 2 issues which doesn't really have a lot of story going on, harley puts out an ad for a gang, and there's this new guy she likes which hasn't really went anywhere, just stick to pirate joker harls. Another problem is th This volume is mostly a collection of the specials which are usually good and the ones included in this were really fun to read, i especially loved the valentines and the holiday specials. The problem for those that don't collect in single issue is that this volume only contains 2 issues which doesn't really have a lot of story going on, harley puts out an ad for a gang, and there's this new guy she likes which hasn't really went anywhere, just stick to pirate joker harls. Another problem is there's very little plot going on, they seem to struggle with what to do with harley she always seems out of place even in her own comic. Feeding her rescued dogs and birds is cute but i mean she's harley fricken quinn surely she has a more exciting schedule than that? It's worth picking up, it's quite a nice collection of harley's stories with non of the headache of the naff writing from the last few issues, you'll have that to look forward to in volume 4.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    Sharp decline in quality story-wise and I'm not a fan of all of the artist changes. Sharp decline in quality story-wise and I'm not a fan of all of the artist changes.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Steve

    I received this from Edelweiss and DC Comics in exchange for an honest review. The biggest problem with this volume is that fully half of it is one-shots and specials, with the other half three issues from the monthly run. And there’s not much of a story/plot in those three issues. The “plot” is simple: Harley puts out an ad for a gang to help her stop crime in Gotham (yes, seriously). There's a new guy she likes, but can’t seem to date because life (working at the nursing home, playing roller der I received this from Edelweiss and DC Comics in exchange for an honest review. The biggest problem with this volume is that fully half of it is one-shots and specials, with the other half three issues from the monthly run. And there’s not much of a story/plot in those three issues. The “plot” is simple: Harley puts out an ad for a gang to help her stop crime in Gotham (yes, seriously). There's a new guy she likes, but can’t seem to date because life (working at the nursing home, playing roller derby, and being a landlord) keeps getting in the way. Amanda Conner seems to struggle with Harley’s character, so much so that this Harley doesn’t seem like the “real” Harley. This struggle is so great that a major plot point is Harley finding time to feed her rescue animals. That’s a long way towards “normal” after being The Joker’s insane sidekick. I’m not sure I care for the artwork, either, which is bright and colorful, in extreme contrast to the other stories set in Gotham City. This brightness just seems wrong for this dark and dingy place.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Anniken Haga

    While I mostly loved this volume, it had some parts that I didn't really like. The whole jumping between characters is one of those things. It grew confusing and I wasn't really a fan. Other than that I keep connecting with Harley. I don't know her from before this comic, but I really like the girl I'm coming to know. She has real life struggles, and is a good person - if not controlled by everyday rules and laws. I'm really enjoying this! While I mostly loved this volume, it had some parts that I didn't really like. The whole jumping between characters is one of those things. It grew confusing and I wasn't really a fan. Other than that I keep connecting with Harley. I don't know her from before this comic, but I really like the girl I'm coming to know. She has real life struggles, and is a good person - if not controlled by everyday rules and laws. I'm really enjoying this!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kloe

    Genuinely disappointed, please do not ruin harley Quinn for me . The plot is not good in my opinion . The romance between batman and Harley Quinn is a total joke to me .

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jammin Jenny

    I love Harley Quinn! She's just so frickin cool. First she has to bust her BFF Poison Ivy out of Arkham Asylum, and when she's there, the whole room (her, Ivy and two mad doctors) all take a whiff of some toxin that has them hallucinating...Harley's having dinner with Batman...I just love all the antics she gets up to, and she is always fighting for what she believes is right, and usually is on the underdog's side (even if it's her). I love Harley Quinn! She's just so frickin cool. First she has to bust her BFF Poison Ivy out of Arkham Asylum, and when she's there, the whole room (her, Ivy and two mad doctors) all take a whiff of some toxin that has them hallucinating...Harley's having dinner with Batman...I just love all the antics she gets up to, and she is always fighting for what she believes is right, and usually is on the underdog's side (even if it's her).

  12. 4 out of 5

    Carla

    **I received a free eARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review** This compilation consists mostly of holiday specials: some Christmas stories and a Valentine's Day one-shot featuring Bruce Wayne. We get to see Harley looking for a bunch of people to be her new "Gang of Harleys" so that they can help her with everything that's going on (and there is a lot going on), and there's also a little peek into her more mundane everyday life adventures. And if you're not familiar **I received a free eARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review** This compilation consists mostly of holiday specials: some Christmas stories and a Valentine's Day one-shot featuring Bruce Wayne. We get to see Harley looking for a bunch of people to be her new "Gang of Harleys" so that they can help her with everything that's going on (and there is a lot going on), and there's also a little peek into her more mundane everyday life adventures. And if you're not familiar with this relatively new Harley Quinn comic book series, she is now an antihero rather than a villain, and protects the people from her neighborhood. I've seen people complain about half of this being about Harley caring for her animals. But I loved it, I could read hundreds of pages about this woman and her cute, little pets. I really could. And it's all right, I mean, even villains and superheroes have more "normal" things to do, like caring for their tenants and pets. Also, Harley puts so much energy into every little thing she does. I really enjoyed the Valentine's Day special with Bruce Wayne (and I think it was a bit longer than the other stories?). A date with stinking rich Bruce Wayne is up for auction, all the money goes to help kitties and puppies, so Harley plays Robin Hood and takes the money necessary for the auction from a bad, rich guy, to give to the little animals... and score a date with Bruce. We also see a lot of her (love) relationship with Ivy and how she interacts with her friends and love interest, Mason. All the art is very beautiful and it's a big change seeing so much color, I loved this. Gotham's stories are usually very dark. But this is Harley Quinn living in Brooklyn, girl. This is really great for Harley Quinn lovers or anyone who's looking for something entertaining to read, there's not much of a plot here, but short little stories that are actually very fun. More reviews on my blog: Lipstick and Mocha

  13. 5 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    Harley Quinn is so popular that DC put out almost as many specials as it does normal issues of the series. Case in point, this volume collects 3 actual issues of the series, and then an Annual, a Christmas Special, and a Valentine's Day Special too. The Annual is all one story in which Harley breaks into Arkham to rescue Poison Ivy, but ends up drugged and trapped in different dream sequences, which are basically just an excuse to use loads of guest artists and charge extra for a book that doesn' Harley Quinn is so popular that DC put out almost as many specials as it does normal issues of the series. Case in point, this volume collects 3 actual issues of the series, and then an Annual, a Christmas Special, and a Valentine's Day Special too. The Annual is all one story in which Harley breaks into Arkham to rescue Poison Ivy, but ends up drugged and trapped in different dream sequences, which are basically just an excuse to use loads of guest artists and charge extra for a book that doesn't really need all those extra pages. It does introduce a new supporting character for the main book though. The Christmas and Valentine's Day Specials are more broken down, with lead stories and then some back-up stuff, but again, they're not really that important. The Christmas story is almost insufferably annoying, whilst the New Year's back-up is a little funnier. The Valentine's Day one is more one-note, and has a Batman cameo which actually works rather than being gratuitous. The three issues of Harley's main series serve to show how much she's juggling at the moment, with her job, her apartment building and its tenants, her roller derby team, and her potential boyfriend Mason Macabre too. It all builds up to a climax which makes sense and has a lot of story potential but of course that's where this volume ends. If Harley spent more time focused on story and less on trying to be funny and having random specials for no reason, I think this volume would likely be better.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ame

    These new Harley collections just keep getting better and better! This series has properly illustrated the chaotic good/hot mess that is Harley Quinn. Without the Joker, she has become a destructive heroine with a big heart for babies, animals, baby animals, and anyone that is unwanted or misunderstood. Her methods are unorthodox, but now that Harley is the manager of her own apartment building filled with lovable, quirky folks (working as "freaks" in a glorious show), she has a fantastic suppor These new Harley collections just keep getting better and better! This series has properly illustrated the chaotic good/hot mess that is Harley Quinn. Without the Joker, she has become a destructive heroine with a big heart for babies, animals, baby animals, and anyone that is unwanted or misunderstood. Her methods are unorthodox, but now that Harley is the manager of her own apartment building filled with lovable, quirky folks (working as "freaks" in a glorious show), she has a fantastic support system to back up her antics. Harley has a LIFE now, away from Gotham and its obsession with bats. This collection features delightful holiday one-offs, including a V-day themed story about Harley bidding $1 mil and $100 on a date with almost-billionaire Bruce Wayne, which leads to a hilarious dream sequence in which Harley becomes his new Robin and whacky paramour. Also, the most exciting aspect? Harley decides she needs assistants, and hires a dozen ladies to become her "Gang of Harleys". Oh my god, I'm SO excited to see where that goes!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)

    This is my favorite one in this series. I'm glad I didn't give up. The silliness is tempered out a bit with good storytelling. Harley is much more of a heroic antiheroine instead of a neutral character who has no concept of right and wrong. Also, we get to see her psychiatrist roots in this book. There is still some gross humor, but not as over the top. Loved the Batman/Bruce Wayne storyline and the lesson about you might not want what you thought you did when you actually get it. A lot of good This is my favorite one in this series. I'm glad I didn't give up. The silliness is tempered out a bit with good storytelling. Harley is much more of a heroic antiheroine instead of a neutral character who has no concept of right and wrong. Also, we get to see her psychiatrist roots in this book. There is still some gross humor, but not as over the top. Loved the Batman/Bruce Wayne storyline and the lesson about you might not want what you thought you did when you actually get it. A lot of good moments and this one actually had a feel good vibe to it. Not helping my Harley Quinn obsession here, folks.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Quentin Wallace

    This volume is very much on the level of the previous two. This one did collect several one shot stories that were a little longer than regular issues. I will say I read the actual issues rather than the collection, and the Annual was scratch and sniff. It had smells such as leather, pizza, lotion, etc. Pretty interesting gimmick. The art as usual was sexy, and Poison Ivy shows up from time to time too. Overall I'm enjoying this series just enough to keep reading it, but it's not really one of my This volume is very much on the level of the previous two. This one did collect several one shot stories that were a little longer than regular issues. I will say I read the actual issues rather than the collection, and the Annual was scratch and sniff. It had smells such as leather, pizza, lotion, etc. Pretty interesting gimmick. The art as usual was sexy, and Poison Ivy shows up from time to time too. Overall I'm enjoying this series just enough to keep reading it, but it's not really one of my favorites. I love the character but like her just slightly more serious.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    I loved the first volume of this series but it just hasn't been able to keep up the same level of fun and madness and still make sense, I think. The artist switching is really headache inducing at parts and it makes it really hard to keep track of who is who and what's real and what isn't. The best parts are Harley and Ivy being awesome together but it doesn't happen enough to keep me engaged. I loved the first volume of this series but it just hasn't been able to keep up the same level of fun and madness and still make sense, I think. The artist switching is really headache inducing at parts and it makes it really hard to keep track of who is who and what's real and what isn't. The best parts are Harley and Ivy being awesome together but it doesn't happen enough to keep me engaged.

  18. 5 out of 5

    *Layali*

    Better than the second, but not as good as the first volume.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Saimi Korhonen

    “I’m gonna do whatever it is I gotta do to harmonificate my life. Even if I gotta kill somebody.” 3,5/5! Kiss Kiss Bang Stab is yet another volume of the weird, wacky adventures of Harley Quinn. In these stories you'll get to read about her spreading some Christmas joy in the form of puppies and kittens, wreak havoc in Arkham Asylum, struggle with balancing her work, her dating life and her desire to do some good in the world, and develop a crush on none other than Bruce Wayne. This volume was a l “I’m gonna do whatever it is I gotta do to harmonificate my life. Even if I gotta kill somebody.” 3,5/5! Kiss Kiss Bang Stab is yet another volume of the weird, wacky adventures of Harley Quinn. In these stories you'll get to read about her spreading some Christmas joy in the form of puppies and kittens, wreak havoc in Arkham Asylum, struggle with balancing her work, her dating life and her desire to do some good in the world, and develop a crush on none other than Bruce Wayne. This volume was a lot of fun. It was very weird - some of the stories were even a bit too out there for me (like the new year's special and the Christmas special with the bug), but overall I enjoyed this volume. Some of the stories were better than the others, but that's just how it goes with volumes that include multiple specials as well as issues of the main comic run. It was cool seeing Harley's softer side and the way she always wants to protect and help those around her who are the weakest - animals, kids, elderly - and how she has such incredible moments of compassion, while also being super violent, volatile and dangerous. It was also just fun having some of the issues deal with her just having too much on her plate and figuring out how to balance her life out (which leads to her, after Ivy plants the idea in her head, to form her own team). Speaking of Ivy, he relationship with Harley means a lot to me and the two of them killed me in this volume - they are amazing and I love how much they love one another, and how they would both do anything for the other. And the tension between them is A+. Don't know when I'll be able to continue the series, but hopefully it's soon! Reading Harley's adventures is always so much fun!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jesse A

    The multiple different artists and styles idea from the first volume was used here again, and it started to get a little bit played out. Until it didn't. It was used early on in a hallucination sequence and wasn't very fun. It was used later in a dream sequence that worked really well. The book all in all is fun, as this series has been. Nothing ground breaking but fun. The multiple different artists and styles idea from the first volume was used here again, and it started to get a little bit played out. Until it didn't. It was used early on in a hallucination sequence and wasn't very fun. It was used later in a dream sequence that worked really well. The book all in all is fun, as this series has been. Nothing ground breaking but fun.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea

    There were several guest artists in this volume along with some more self-deprecating humor for the writers. The appearance of Batman was fun, as was multiple appearances by the lovely Poison Ivy. A new group of a Harley gang is introduced in this volume, and they will appear in at least two other volumes.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Theory4brains

    Genuinely found this offensive. Overly sexual in genuinely awful ways and the three Christmas shorts in the middle feel sickening when you remember that the New 52 essentially retconned the fast that HQ was Jewish

  23. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    I like her and Ivy in the same comic.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Wing Kee

    Absolutely fantastic! I love Harley, starting off as a female nameless henchwoman in Batman the Animated Series, to clown girl, to Nancy in Sid and Nancy, to tortured love interest, free agent semi-villain, back to tortured love interest, Suicide Squad member, and now this. It's amazing, where once she was a cliche and a clown girl for the Joker she's now so much more, so complex and so fun. I've been reading her books for a while but this book was simply the one that finally drove home to me the Absolutely fantastic! I love Harley, starting off as a female nameless henchwoman in Batman the Animated Series, to clown girl, to Nancy in Sid and Nancy, to tortured love interest, free agent semi-villain, back to tortured love interest, Suicide Squad member, and now this. It's amazing, where once she was a cliche and a clown girl for the Joker she's now so much more, so complex and so fun. I've been reading her books for a while but this book was simply the one that finally drove home to me the fully formed and complex she is (I'll get into that later in the character section). This book is simply perfect. World: The art is all over the place and I love it. I normally really want consistency in my art, but this multiple artists and styles and colors just works for a Harley book. It's gorgeous to look at and it's simply fun. The world building is also wonderful, most of it is to serve the story or the gag or scenario Conner and Palmiotti want to put Harley in but they are slowly and surely building Harley's world up. From the characters she's surrounded herself with to the places she's established, her world is fully formed and full of character, her piece of New York is just fun! Story: Man there are so many here that I don't want to ruin it for you. The stories are the gags and they are the second reason (after the characters) to read this book. They are heartwarming, they are hilarious, insane and laugh out loud. They are cute and fun and badass, they are all what Harley as a character is. The Eggy story, the Old Folks home, the Bruce, the Gang of Harleys they are ALL just fun and that's the main point of this book, to have fun and I had loads and loads and loads of it. Read the book, I won't spoil it for you. Characters: At the core there is of course Harley and this is why this is a 5 star book for me. She's matured and developed as a character, she no longer has to live with the label as 'Joker's Girlfriend' cause that's not all she is and all she can be. Sure, she can still embrace that part of her, but Conner and Palmiotti have made her a fully formed and complex character with her own identity, personalities and voice, it's wonderful. I no longer only imagine an New York accent, now I imagine her having multiple voices and multiple accents and this is because the writers respect and love her. This journey was not jarring at all, if you look back at issue 1 and where we started and at issue 16 where we are now, she's changed, she's become her own woman and she's found her own purpose and I love that about this new Harley. I don't miss the clown girl, I want her to be her and she gets to be in this series. There are so many more parts about her now than just a sad abused clown girl. The rest of the cast are also wonderul, Eggy I loved to bits as he made me laugh so hard with his origin story, and Tony and Ivy and...I can't even list them all. They are fun, they are larger than life and they compliment Harley so well. With the new addition of the gang it will be fun. Oh and I LOVE the diversity that the creative team is bringing to this book. This is the best book in the DC line-up when it comes to representation. I love this book, it's everything that is right about a good comic book. It's creative, it's unexpected, it's deep, it's fun and in 2016 it's diverse. I love this book and I love where they've taken Harley, she's her own woman and I can't be more happy about it. This book is amazing! Onward to the next book!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Brandon

    Volume three of the current Harley Quinn run and yet another five star effort. So far the creative team of Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti are batting a thousand and this may be the best one yet. This book is a collecting of 'Holiday Specials' and one shots that in most other books would mean a jumbled mess of disjointed stories and inconsistent characters but this is a Harley Quinn book and she is a disjointed, inconsistent mess of woman so it all works. Add in the comic minds of the two writ Volume three of the current Harley Quinn run and yet another five star effort. So far the creative team of Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti are batting a thousand and this may be the best one yet. This book is a collecting of 'Holiday Specials' and one shots that in most other books would mean a jumbled mess of disjointed stories and inconsistent characters but this is a Harley Quinn book and she is a disjointed, inconsistent mess of woman so it all works. Add in the comic minds of the two writers and I found myself not really caring that every story had guest artists that seemed to cover every aspect of character design and comic book art and that every other story had a hallucinating scene that afford said artists to draw Harley as she had never been drawn before. They must have had blast drawing this book since the only guide lines the artists seemed to have had is to keep Harleys iconic colors and her asymmetrical clothing and than have at it. And they did. There is an abundance of art work in here and Harley comes in all shapes and sizes but it all works cause her wiring ain't right and the writing team will make a sharp left turn on you in a heartbeat. The artwork here may not win any awards as the year comes to an end but all of it fits together in an abstract, crazy, mistress of mayhem, loony tunes kind of way and I loved it. The stories here are all unconnected consisting of a trio of Christmas stories, a scratch and sniff annual one-shot (That does not transfer over to the graphic novel) and the excellent valentines day special which may well be the best single issue ever. It's certainly is my all time favorite full of great comedic writing perfectly complimented by the artwork - the Batmobile covered in 'Bat-shizzle' a classic for all time - and it ends with a three issue run of the current series that finishes way too soon as it introduces the gang of Harley's. In a perfect world DC would release a stand alone graphic novel of holiday tales featuring the first lady of lunacy as imagined by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti and volume three of the ongoing series would have more of the monthly series featuring the gang of Harleys than we would get doubly the Harley at Christmastime and twice the outstanding artwork of Chad Hardin but, alas, we don't live in that world but never fear because I want to read this book over again and again and maybe even bring out the other two volumes. The holiday season is suppose to be a time of joy and happiness after all.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Bailey Skye

    I received an advanced reading copy of this publication in exchange for an honest review. So I was looking over some of the other reviews of this edition and there seems to be a lot of people that are disappointed by how vibrant and colorful this collection is, and it surprised me a little bit. I mean, I somewhat agree with what some are saying that it isn't exactly true to Gotham, as we all have Gotham in our minds as this grim dark place. Personally, though, I thought the artwork was rather bea I received an advanced reading copy of this publication in exchange for an honest review. So I was looking over some of the other reviews of this edition and there seems to be a lot of people that are disappointed by how vibrant and colorful this collection is, and it surprised me a little bit. I mean, I somewhat agree with what some are saying that it isn't exactly true to Gotham, as we all have Gotham in our minds as this grim dark place. Personally, though, I thought the artwork was rather beautiful and all of the color is what initially drew me in. The artists did a phenomenal job. While the stories included were pretty good, I especially enjoyed the win a date with Bruce Wayne story, I also found that a lot of them were pretty mundane. I wasn't sure how I felt about this at first. There was no denying that the stories were still entertaining, but did I really want to read about a villain shopping for pet food and trying to balance their work, social, and personal life? But the more I thought about it, the more I liked the idea. We're human beings living somewhat mundane lives ourselves, and sometimes it's exciting to see a superhero or villain and know they still have to go through life like the rest of us. The only story I'd say I didn't much appreciate was the last bit where Harley is hiring help for her overcrowded days. It was an interesting concept, but I hate that the whole story wasn't included in the collection. Oh well.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jillyn

    h yes, another Harley Quinn graphic novel. It's no secret that Harley Quinn is my favorite character. So when I saw the new Harley Quinn collection was coming out, I had to scoop it up. I wasn't left disappointed. I really like the artwork in this volume. It's weirdly bright and colorful; two words that one wouldn't normally associate with Gotham's residents. Nonetheless, I like the change, since I tend to find other Batman-related comic books way too dark and murky for my liking (I know, I know h yes, another Harley Quinn graphic novel. It's no secret that Harley Quinn is my favorite character. So when I saw the new Harley Quinn collection was coming out, I had to scoop it up. I wasn't left disappointed. I really like the artwork in this volume. It's weirdly bright and colorful; two words that one wouldn't normally associate with Gotham's residents. Nonetheless, I like the change, since I tend to find other Batman-related comic books way too dark and murky for my liking (I know, I know). The writing itself was okay. I felt like Harley Quinn is kind of coming into her own a bit in this volume from where she was in the previous volumes, and I liked that about her. This collection contains two "normal length" comics and throws in three short "specials". I actually really liked the specials, and I'm glad they were included. They were a nice surprise added to the expected issues. It was enough to make me excited to read the next installment to see where things go from here. If you're a Harley fan like me, I'd recommend checking it out. If you're a diehard fan of the darker artwork associated with Batman/Arkham/Gotham, then this might not be the series for you. I received a copy from DC Comics in exchange for my honest review. Thank you! This review can also be found on my blog, Bitches n Prose.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Shelli

    Some people don't like Harley as a do-gooding superhero, and I have to confess that I generally like my Harley a little more unhinged and evil. But this compilation – some regular issues, some seasonal specials – made cute, fun, and kind Harley appealing enough that I gave in and ran with it. It also helped that this volume is just chock-full of absolutely stunning cover art on which to feast your eyes. In this collection, Harley rescues damn near everyone, including BFF (and sometime sapphic pl Some people don't like Harley as a do-gooding superhero, and I have to confess that I generally like my Harley a little more unhinged and evil. But this compilation – some regular issues, some seasonal specials – made cute, fun, and kind Harley appealing enough that I gave in and ran with it. It also helped that this volume is just chock-full of absolutely stunning cover art on which to feast your eyes. In this collection, Harley rescues damn near everyone, including BFF (and sometime sapphic playmate) Poison Ivy, Bruce Wayne (although he didn't actually *need* rescuing), a dysfunctional family in need of a little Dr. Quinzel head-shrinking, a misunderstood egg head with a large selection of interchangeable bodies, a veritable herd of puppies and kittens, and a gang of unemployed, directionless, ass-kicking girls (mostly) who will go on to become her "Gang of Harleys", surrogates to help her manage her inexplicably overextended life. Rather than being just a Frankencompilation, the stories have a great arc (albeit with a little bit of a pointless hallucination / guest artist interlude) and a satisfying conclusion / lead-in to her next set of adventures. I'm not sure how crazyevil Harley purists will feel about Harley Quinn, Vol. 3: Kiss Kiss Bang Stab, but the casual, flexible, or squee-inclined reader should find it enjoyable, and I think the art is appreciable by all.

  29. 4 out of 5

    ElphaReads

    I HAVE GOOD NEWS!!! So remember how HARLEY QUINN Vol 1 was amazing, and then HARLEY QUINN Vol 2 was pretty weak in comparison??? Well HARLEY QUINN VOL 3: KISS KISS BANG STAB has brought it back to pretty good levels!!! Harley Quinn has sort of become DC's answer to Deadpool, and I am honestly totally on board with that, for a couple of reasons. I like that Harley, who had been in an abusive and terrible relationship with The Joker, has become an independent free spirit with snark and drive, ther I HAVE GOOD NEWS!!! So remember how HARLEY QUINN Vol 1 was amazing, and then HARLEY QUINN Vol 2 was pretty weak in comparison??? Well HARLEY QUINN VOL 3: KISS KISS BANG STAB has brought it back to pretty good levels!!! Harley Quinn has sort of become DC's answer to Deadpool, and I am honestly totally on board with that, for a couple of reasons. I like that Harley, who had been in an abusive and terrible relationship with The Joker, has become an independent free spirit with snark and drive, therein becoming more than the two extremes two sides of the fandom want to paint her as (sex object vs victim). I also like that DC's answer to Deadpool is a female. In this collection we got some great Harley and Ivy friendship/relationship action, we get a super cute arc about Harley going on a date with Bruce Wayne, and we get to see Harley take her love on animals to a super cute extreme WHILE GOING BACK TO HER PSYCHOLOGY ROOTS. Harley Quinn is empowered again, and I am so happy!!!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Clarissa

    So this was better than volumes 1 and 2 but, to be fair, this was more of a collection of special issues than of Conner's series. I enjoyed the craziness that is Harley in the Valentine's issue with Batman. She just had to be the highest bidder for Bruce Wayne. Once we get back to the ongoing issues though, we are once again bombarded with the ridiculous of the "holee" jokes and inconsistency. Harley is trying to keep up with her life as a psychiatrist, roller derby girl, landlord, "super hero," So this was better than volumes 1 and 2 but, to be fair, this was more of a collection of special issues than of Conner's series. I enjoyed the craziness that is Harley in the Valentine's issue with Batman. She just had to be the highest bidder for Bruce Wayne. Once we get back to the ongoing issues though, we are once again bombarded with the ridiculous of the "holee" jokes and inconsistency. Harley is trying to keep up with her life as a psychiatrist, roller derby girl, landlord, "super hero," and trying to date someone new. It feels like the writers can't quite decide what to do with her and things just get weirder. Points for Ivy though! I love them together but I think I'm done with this series.

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