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Harley Quinn will meet the New Gods in comic books this summer

By: David Betancourt, The Washington Post
April 3, 2018 Updated: April 3, 2018 at 6:35 am
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Harley Quinn will fight against, or be a part of, all types of evil on Apokolips this summer. MUST CREDIT: DC Entertainment

Harley Quinn and the New Gods will come face to face this summer.

DC Comics announced that Sam Humphries ("Nightwing," "Green Lanterns") will be the new writer on their "Harley Quinn" comic book series beginning in July.

The series will be illustrated by fan-favorite Harley Quinn artist John Timms and will see DC's Clown Princess of Crime take a trip to the planet Apokolips. This area of the DC Comics universe got a lot more popular after the announcement that Ava DuVernay will direct the New Gods movie.

"(Harley is) a top-tier character in the DC universe," Humphries said. "That also comes with a mandate that allows me to exact a lot of mayhem on the comics page."

Humphries says Quinn will meet classic DC villain Granny Goodness and will receive an offer she seemingly can't refuse when Granny gives her a chance to join the Female Furies of Apokolips. That proposal will tie in with the main theme of Humphries' run on "Harley Quinn" - whether the oftentimes anti-hero will remain heroic or revert to being a full-time villain.

"Harley is a wild card and a survivor," Humphries said. "Does she (continue to) look out for other people, or does she look out for No. 1?"

Humphries says a "Harley Quinn" writing assignment comes with guidelines that normally aren't there when he's penning other DC series.

"One of the best things about writing Harley is I get to sit down every day and think of all the people who have annoyed me that day," Humphries says. "And I ask myself, what would I do if I had a giant hammer and absolutely no consequences. And that's a lot of fun."

Harley Quinn has been one of DC's most popular characters for years through animation and live-action movies ("Suicide Squad"). Even if new readers aren't familiar with the acclaimed, recently ended "Harley Quinn" comic book run of husband and wife creative duo Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner, they can easily follow this new other-worldly adventure.

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