Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass

Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass


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Outspoken, rebellious, and eccentric fifteen-year-old Harleen Quinzel has five dollars to her name when she's sent to live in Gotham City. Harleen has battled a lot of hard situations as a kid, but her fortune turns when Gotham's finest drag queen, Mama, takes her in.

And at first it seems like Harleen has finally found a place to grow into her most "true true," with new best friend Ivy at Gotham High. But then Harley's fortune takes another turn when Mama's drag cabaret becomes the next victim in the wave of gentrification that's taking over the neighborhood.

Now Harleen is mad. In turning 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.

From Eisner Award and Caldecott Honor-winning author Mariko Tamaki (This One Summer) and Eisner Award-nominated artist Steve Pugh (The Flintstones) comes a coming-of-age story about choices, consequences, and how a weird kid from Gotham goes about defining her world for herself.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781401283292
Publisher: DC Comics
Publication date: 09/03/2019
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 34,524
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Mariko Tamaki is a Canadian writer living in Oakland. Works include New York Times bestseller This One Summer and Skim with Jillian Tamaki, Emiko Superstar with Steve Rolston and the YA novel (You) Set Me on Fire. This One Summer was the winner of Printz and Caldecott Honors in 2015 and received the Eisner award for Best Graphic Album (New).

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Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous 5 months ago
HARLEY QUINN: BREAKING GLASS is so much *fun*! Between Harleen's close relationship with a group of drag queens to the way in which she views the world, her story and her personality just leap off of the page here. I love how it's not really an origin story in that Harleen has always been a bit split, personality-wise. There's no catalyst here for that. Instead, the book tracks where she's at mentally during any given moment with saturated colors or a lack thereof. She's spunky and caring, but with a side that's thirsty for vengeance and justice. The supporting characters in this novel are also really well done. I could take an entire novel on Ivy as well as the drag queens. And The Joker is charismatic and yet unlikeable here, which I think is extremely important. If this duo of creators continues to tell Harleen/Harley Quinn's story through YA graphic novels, I'm all in.
lavenderbird21 6 months ago
I'm so excited that DC is turning their comics into books for YA and Middle Grade readers that they can relate to more.
SkyeWright 6 months ago
If the first twenty some pages are a good indication of the story’s style and storytelling this will definitely be a need to read for me when it’s released. The writer has a great grasp on Harley’s weird humor, talking style and really just a great grasp of Harley over all. The art is nice and clean, the colors pop. I’m very excited for this story.
JuliW 6 months ago
Harleen is sent to Gotham to live with her grandmother, but her life takes a drastic turn once she gets there. The story unfolds as the teen makes decisions, starts to discover who she is, makes friends, and faces danger, unfairness and bad people. I love this new spin on a favorite character. Harley Quinn gets a bit of an update....she's facing current issues and learning as she goes. I like how she is portrayed as a strong, intelligent and driven teen, who also has some issues. She meets up with real evil....and makes some iffy decisions. The Joker is interesting and different in this story. At first, I just didn't want the character to be different. But as I saw more of the character and Harley's interactions with him, I found myself enjoying the change. There is one point in the story where Harley refuses to put on a skimpy outfit and designs her own instead. I love that! She refuses to walk around half naked to gratify anyone else.....and designs something she wants to wear. She isn't afraid to say NO, I'm not going to wear that. Love it! The storyline is well written and enjoyable. The artwork is great! Loved it! I'm curious where the story will go from here. I will definitely read the next graphic novel, if this continues as a series. **I voluntarily read an advanced reader copy of this book from DC Entertainment via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.**
Kasey_Baril 6 months ago
**Thank you DC Ink for gifting me with a free ARC in exchange for an honest review!** I'm not a regular reading of DC nor do I have a favorite character from their universes, but Harley is well-known and I figured I'd give her newest comic a shot. Being that this is an introduction and/or origin tale, it's fitting and relatable; this origin is different than others, where it begins with her life as a teen in high school and how she overcomes leaving her mom and living in a new city. As a warning, there is a LOT of bullying. ** PROS + art style + harley/ivy + die-hards of harley will enjoy the story for more content + great intro to harley and her origin (different than other origins), as it's more relatable CONS + story not engaging + seems to be more geared to adult readers than teens/young adult based on dialogue and scenes of violence
Horsebranchjess 6 months ago
Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass takes a few liberties with Harley's story but stays true to her character. From meeting Ivy to the queens that taught her to love being a clown, the story entertains as Harley makes her own way to wrong injustice and comes out swinging with her bat. Geared toward older teens, the story can be read by kids and adults alike for a laughing good time full of diversity and fun. The art is cutesy and perfect for Harley and the colors are little monochromatic to set the mood. As a Harley fan, I enjoyed the new take on Harley. My voluntary, unbiased review is based upon a review copy from Netgalley.
Charles Templeton 6 months ago
am so grateful to NetGalley for this ARC! I had requested it so long ago that I had almost forgotten it was in my queue until I got my acceptance email! I wasn't sure what to expect going in; all I knew is that I love Harley Quinn and I was so excited to see another new version of her. I fell in love with the character during the New 52 run of her comics, and from there I fell down a rabbit hole digging deeper into this anti-hero with so much love in her heart. I was so happy with what I found within these pages that after I finished, I cried. We find ourselves in the midst of a teenage Harleen Quinzel. She has not yet donned her jester costume and harlequin mask, but she is an at-risk-teen of sorts; bouncing around from place to place with only $5 to her name. The main thing, though, is that she's happy. She sets off to Gotham to find her grandmother, only to learn that she passed away. She instead is greeted with her 'fairy godperson' who is a drag queen named Mama. Mama lets her live in her grandmother's old place, but insists that she goes to school and behaves. Harley does so, meeting Ivy, and deciding after watching her in a few classes that she is meant to be her friend. They brave the school's rich bullies and start up protests, giving Harleen a taste of rebellion. Harleen spends her nights with the lovely ladies of Mama's drag club, and feels more at home than she ever has. Things start to go south as building after building in their neighborhood goes belly-up, and Harleen is face to face with someone who claims he can help. The Joker is played in such a fresh new way in this graphic novel, and his demeanor and even more simply, the mask he wears are so terrifying. He pushes Harleen further to the dark side, as the Joker always does, and she slowly finds her own way to Harley Quinn, a name given to her by one of her queens. In true Harley fashion, she does questionable things for a good reason. She is always there for the ones that she loves, even if it means that she'll hurt a few bad guys in the process. I don't want to go too much into detail, but the story is so wonderfully spun. There was a reveal of a character that made me gasp out loud, and I so hope that this is the first in a series because I really want this storyline to continue! I liked the diversity in the book; the drag queens were so wonderful and they handled homophobia in such an empowering way. I loved that Ivy and her family were POC, and how racism and sexism were also extremely important issues within this novel. It made me so happy that Harley was in control of herself in this; in other versions of her story, she is a hapless pawn in the Joker's game. While he is still a figure in her not-quite-fairytale, he is more of a driving force for her in that she wants revenge, not his love. I like that what is most important to her is her friendships, and that she can hold her own and be her own person. I went in expecting to love the story, but I had no idea how much it would truly effect me. The art was so incredibly beautiful that sometimes I had to stop and stare at a page for a few minutes, taking in Harley's incredibly expressive eyes or the pops of red on an otherwise muted screen. This is one of the best versions of Harley that I've read so far, and I want so badly for it to continue. I think this will go a long way with teenagers who love superheroes, showing them that they have their own power and that for better or for worse, it is their decision