Harley Quinn has become one of the most popular characters in the DC Universe, rivaling the likes of fellow 90’s creation Deadpool in terms of rapid rise in profile.
Harleen Quinzel, aka Harley Quinn, is one of the most fascinating Batman Universe characters, the rare Batman villain that actually originated from outside of comic books (on the excellent Batman: The Animated Series).
Her creators, Paul Dini and Bruce Timm, brought her from TV to the DC Comics Universe, and Harley has been a mainstay ever since. From her tumultuous, troubling relationship with the Joker through her more recent ties to Suicide Squad, Harley Quinn is a top tier DC villain / antihero through and through.
Below you’ll find a complete chronology and timeline to Harley Quinn’s comic book appearances and trade collections.
Related Reading Orders:
Harley Quinn Comics Reading Order
Collects: Batman Adventures Annual #1-2, Batman Adventures Holiday Special, Adventures In The Dc Universe #3 And Batman Black And White #1
The comic book adaptation of Harley Quinn’s most famous Batman: The Animated Series story, detailing the origins of Harleen Quinzel and the Joker. Paul Dini and Bruce Timm detail how someone like Dr. Quinzel could fall for a man like the Joker, and what that means for the future of Harley Quinn. Includes prominent cameos from Poison Ivy as well.
Collects: Batman: Harley And Ivy #1-3, Batman Adventures Annual #1, Batman Adventures Holiday Annual #1, Batman And Robin Adventures #8, Batgirl Adventures #1, Batman: Gotham Knights #14 And Batman: Black And White #3
All of the team-ups between Harley and Ivy by Batman: The Animated Series creative geniuses Paul Dini and Bruce Timm. Only features a very minor amount of overlap with the next collection on the list, with Gotham Knights #14 and Batman: Black and White #3 showing up in both collections.
Collects: (Late 90’s To Early 2000’s) Batman: Harley Quinn #1, Batman: Gotham Knights #14, #30, (2007, From The Paul Dini Run On Detective) Detective Comics #831, #837, (2010 One-Shot As Part Of Joker’s Asylum Miniseries) Joker’S Asylum Ii: Harley Quinn #1, (After New 52) Batman: Black And White #1, #3, Legends Of The Dark Knight 100-Page Super Spectacular #1 And Detective Comics #23.2
This Harley Quinn is a bit of a mash-up of some of Harley’s greatest hits (not to be confused with the trade paperback, Harley’s Greatest Hits). The reading order can vary a bit here, from as early as Harley in the 90’s all the way through her appearances in the New 52. For the placement in the list of Harley comics here, I’d note that the Batman: Harley Quinn one-shot occurs in the wake of Batman: No Man’s Land, and precedes Harley’s early 2000’s solo series. The early 2000’s Batman: Gotham Knights issues include back-up black-and-white Harley stories from creator Paul Dini, and can be read prior to her ongoing solo series.
Harley Quinn’s First, Early 2000’s Solo Ongoing & Sirens
Collects: Harley Quinn #1-7
Harley Quinn’s first solo ongoing series, written by Karl Kesel and drawn and inked by Terry and Rachel Dodson. Harley’s first ongoing ran from 2000 to 2004.
Collects: Harley Quinn #8-13 And Harley Quinn: Our Worlds At War #1
Quite unexpectedly crosses over with the DC Universe linewide event, Our Worlds at War. You really don’t need to read the entire event to enjoy the Harley crossover, and in fact, if you’re willing to roll with “Harley deals with Aliens,” you’re probably in the best shape possible to read.
Collects: Harley Quinn #14-25
Collects: Harley Quinn #26-38
Collects: Gotham City Sirens #1-13
Paul Dini and Guillem March’s brilliant team-up book starring Harley Quinn, Catwoman, and Poison Ivy.
Collects: Gotham City Sirens #14 To #26
Harley Quinn with Suicide Squad in the New 52
If you want to see how Harley and Suicide Squad fit in with the DC Universe as a whole, you can check out Comic Book Herald’s complete DC New 52 reading order.
Collects: Suicide Squad #1 To #6
Harley’s New 52 reincarnation features her as lead in DC’s Suicide Squad.
Collects: Suicide Squad #7 To #13
Collects: Suicide Squad #14 To #19
Issues #14 and #15 are included as “Death of the Family” tie-ins, part of the Batman by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo run in the New 52.
Collects: Suicide Squad #20 To #23, Deadshot #1, Harley Quinn #1
Collects: Suicide Squad #24 To #30
Note that all issues of “Walled In” include the Forever Evil DC event banner on the cover. Note that they are also written by Matt Kindt, the brain behind my 6th favorite comic of all time, Mind MGMT. All of this collection can be read after Forever Evil #2, with the exception of Suicide Squad #30, which falls after Forever Evil #7.
Collects: Harley Quinn #0 To #8
Harley’s first New 52 solo ongoing begins from Amanda Connor and Jimmy Palmiotti.
Collects: New Suicide Squad #1 To #8
Collects: Harley Quinn #9 To #13
Collects: Harley Quinn And Power Girl #1-6
Even for someone as obsessed with reading orders and chronology, I rarely get this specific, but the Harley Quinn and Power Girl miniseries is kind enough to tell us that it takes place in between the gutters of panels 3 and 4 of page 20 of Harley Quinn #12.
Collects: Harley Quinn #14 To #16, Annual #1, Holiday Special #1, Valentine’S Day Special #1
Collects: New Suicide Squad #9 To #12
Collects: New Suicide Squad #13-16 And Suicide Squad Most Wanted: Deadshot And Katana
Collects: Harley Quinn #17-21 And Harley Quinn Road Trip Special #1
Collects: Harley’S Little Black Book #1 To #5
Collects: Convergence: Harley Quinn #1 To #2
DC’s 2015 Convergence event makes it easy to read individual tie-in series without reading the core event, but if you want the full event context, there’s Comic Book Herald’s complete Convergence reading order.
Collects: Harley Quinn And Her Gang Of Harleys #1 To #6
Collects: Harley Quinn #22-25, Harley Quinn: Be Careful What You Wish For
Collects: Suicide Squad #17-22
Collects: Harley Quinn #26-30
Collects: Poison Ivy: Cycle Of Life And Death #1-6
Harley Quinn cameos throughout.
Harley Quinn Comics in DC Rebirth
Collects: Suicide Squad #1 To #4, Suicide Squad: Rebirth #1
Collects: Harley Quinn: Rebirth #1, Harley Quinn #1 To #6
Collects: Justice League Vs. Suicide Squad #1-6, Suicide Squad #8-10, Justice League #12-13
For a full reading order for the first DC Rebirth crossover event, check out Comic Book Herald’s Justice League vs. Suicide Squad reading order.
Collects: Harley Quinn #7-12
Collects: Dc Comics: Bombshells #1-6
Bombshells is an excellent, out of continuity series set during the World War II era, starring all of DC’s female heroes and characters in new and exciting roles.
Collects: Dc Comics: Bombshells #7-12
Collects: Dc Comics: Bombshells #13-18
Collects: Dc Comics Bombshells #14-19
Collects: Suicide Squad #5-8, Harley Quinn And The Suicide Squad April Fool’s Special #1
Collects: Suicide Squad #11-15 And The Suicide Squad Special: War Crimes #1
Collects: Harley Quinn #14-21
Collects: Dc Comics Bombshells #26-29 And Annual #1
Collects: Suicide Squad #16-20
Collects: Harley Quinn #22-27 Plus The Harley Quinn 25th Anniversary Special #1
Collects: Dc Comics: Bombshells #25 And #30-33
Collects: Suicide Squad #21-25
Collects: Harley Quinn #28-34
Harley in DC Metal Through Heroes in Crisis
Collects: “Gotham Resistance” (Teen Titans #12, Nightwing #29, Suicide Squad #26, Green Arrow #32) And “Bats Out Of Hell” (The Flash #33, Justice League #32-33, Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #32), Plus Batman Lost #1 And Hawkman Found #1.
Harley and Killer Croc play a small but notable role in the “Gotham Resistance” half of this collection, helping members of the extended Bat Family work through a warped Gotham City.
For the full guide, check out Comic Book Herald’s Metal reading order.
Collects: Bombshells United #1-6
Collects: Suicide Squad #27-32
Collects: Harley Quinn #35-42
Collects: Harley & Ivy Meet Betty & Veronica #1-6
Gotham City’s most notorious twosome cross paths with some of Riverdale’s most famous names in this out of continuinity tale.
Collects: Suicide Squad #33-40
Collects: Bombshells: United #7-12
Collects: Harley Quinn #43-49
Harley Quinn gets a new Vol. 1 as writer Sam Humphries comes onboard to take over penning her adventures!
Collects: Backups From #17-25 Of The Harley Quinn Series And Harley Loves Joker #1-2
Writers Paul Dini and Jimmy Palmiotti return to tell an early story from Harley’s tenure as the Joker’s long-suffering belle.
Collects: Bombshells: United #13-19
Collects: Harley Quinn #50-54 And #56
Collects: Suicide Squad #41-44, #47-50, And Annual #1
Collects: Harley Quinn #55 And #57-63
Collects: Harley Quinn #64 to #67, Harley Quinn: Villain of the Year
Harley’s crossovers with DC’s Year of the Villain are honestly some of the most enjoyable tie-ins for the whole linewide “event.” You can find a full guide via Comic Book Herald’s Year of the Villain reading order.
Collection available on 3/31/2020.
Collects: Heroes in Crisis #1 to #9
For the full guide, check out Comic Book Herald’s Heroes in Crisis reading order.
Collects: Harley Quinn & Poison Ivy #1-6
Spinning out of the events of Heroes in Crisis, Harley and Ivy team up once again to explore the new status quo. Collection available on 5/19/2020.