Review: Harley Quinn: Reckoning by Rachael Allen

Series: DC Icons #6
Author: Rachael Allen
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Released: April 26, 2022
Received: NetGalley

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Yes! I’ve been keeping my eye on the DC Icons series (reading them here and there), but I just knew that I had to read this one. Harley Quinn: Reckoning, by Rachael Allen, is precisely what I was hoping to see from this series.

Harleen Quinzel has been working hard towards her goals. So when she finally gets her big break – an invitation to intern in the psych lab at Gotham University – she jumps at the chance. Perhaps literally.

Despite her joy at finally making headway in her goals, Harleen can’t turn away from what is happening on campus. Women in STEM are not treated well. Seeing (and experiencing) it every day is breaking something inside her.

Harley Quinn fans should be taking note right now because Harley Quinn: Reckoning was written for them (I believe it was also written by a fan if the justice to her character has anything to say about it).

I’ve read (and see) more than a few Harley origin stories at this point. So I was an odd mixture of emotions going into this book. Excited, concerned (never know how new origins will turn out), and curious mostly. Having read it, I can say that it is ABSOLUTELY worth reading. If you liked the unique spin on Catwoman’s origin, you’ll enjoy how Harley’s origin has been adapted for this telling. And that’s coming from a Harley Quinn fan, mind you (my favorite rendition will always be Harley as seen in the Batman animated series).

Okay, I’ll confess that Rachel Allen managed to work Harley’s hyenas into the mix was a massive sell for me. I wouldn’t have rioted if they hadn’t appeared (younger version of her and all that), but I am thrilled to death that they made it in.

So, rather than have me list out all the other things I loved about this book, let me say this: read Harley Quinn: Reckoning.

Thanks to Random House and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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