9:00am PT by Graeme McMillan
Harley Quinn Takes Over 'Batman Day' (Exclusive Preview)
DC Entertainment's Harley Quinn has a unique way of celebrating her 25th anniversary — she's hi-jacking the annual Batman Day celebration this weekend, kicking off her takeover with a special appearance in Batman Day 2017 Special Edition, one of three free comic books available from participating comic stores — and The Hollywood Reporter has an exclusive preview.
The Batman Day 2017 Special Edition reprints Batman No. 17 from the current Rebirth series, written by Tom King, with art by David Finch and Danny Miki. It's the first chapter of the "I Am Bane" storyline, but it turns out that Harley's not exactly a fan of the Dark Knight getting so much attention, as she reveals in her own all-new introduction to the issue:
The new Harley Quinn material comes from the regular Harley Quinn writing team of Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner, with Bret Blevins providing artwork. The three also create an epilogue to the story for the end of the issue.
In addition to the Batman Day 2017 Special Edition, DC is also releasing Harley Quinn Batman Day 2017 Special Edition No. 1 — which reprints No. 11 from the current Harley Quinn comic book series, bringing Harley face-to-face with the Joker again, by Conner, Palmiotti and John Timms — and DC Super Hero Girls Batman Day 2017 Special Edition No. 1, by Shea Fontana and Marcelo DChiara, excerpting a chapter from the upcoming DC Super Hero Girls: Out of the Bottle graphic novel.
2017's is the fourth Batman Day event since its creation in 2014 to mark the 75th anniversary of the character's debut in Detective Comics No. 27. Locations taking part in this year's event on Sept. 23 can be found here.