Stjepan Šejić’s Harleen will retell the origin of Harley Quinn

I think that we can rightly say that Stjepan Šejić is a rising star in the comics industry. His work on Aquaman with Dan Abnett was just wonderful, and any time his name pops up on a title I certainly take notice.

This fall, Šejić will flex his creative muscles as both writer and artist as he reimagines Harley Quinn’s origin for DC’s Black Label. In the three issue miniseries Harleen, Dr. Harleen Quinzel seems to have found a cure for madness, so who does she choose to test her theory? Why, the inmates at Arkham Asylum, of course.

I’m sure things will be fine.

The monthly miniseries will be available beginning this September, so in the meantime here’s a first look at Šejić’s interiors.

Per DC:


This September, DC Black Label will debut an intoxicating new limited series, HARLEEN, written and illustrated by visionary storyteller Stjepan Šejić (AQUAMAN: UNDERWORLD, SUICIDE SQUAD,Sunstone). This twisted love story follows the young Dr. Harleen Quinzel on a quest to save all of Gotham from the madness that lurks within the city—and the twisted path that will lead her into the arms of the Joker, transforming her into the notorious super-villain Harley Quinn. The three-issue series is set to debut September 25.

“HARLEEN is a story of a flawed person who meant well, a doctor who fell in love with her patient,” saysŠejić. “It is a story of her road to hell—paved with good intentions—and a smile that cost her her soul. More than anything it is a tale about good people falling. Falling in love, falling from grace, and falling apart.”

Dr. Harleen Quinzel has discovered a revolutionary cure for the madness of Gotham City—she just needs to prove it actually works. Through her studies of the criminals and sociopaths that pass through the halls of Arkham Asylum and the GCPD, Harleen is seeking to end the growing apathy among the citizens of Gotham. But with the criminal justice and mental health establishments united against her, the brilliant young psychologist must take drastic measures to save Gotham from itself. 

Following an attack on the city by the villainous Joker, Harleen will come face-to-face with one of the many criminals she hopes to heal—but she will soon find herself drawn into the madness and insanity that plagues him. Witness Harleen’s first steps on a doomed quest that will launch the legendary super-villain Harley Quinn in this stunning reimagining of Harley and the Joker’s twisted and tragic love affair.

Harleen #1 will hit comic shops and digital retailers on September 25.

This post was originally published on Comics Now.