A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass offers an opportunity to discuss gentrification and activism.
Community activists can work together to effect change. Families come in all sorts of shapes and sizes.
Positive Role Models
Harley endured a troubled childhood, but it did not crush her enthusiastic spirit. She's warmhearted and inclined to favor the underdog. She has few emotional filters, however, which can cause her to step outside the law when those people she cares about are threatened.
Violence & Scariness
Punches are thrown, especially in the juvenile lockup. Mostly property damage with no apparent injuries. Harley sets some motorcycles on fire. The Joker causes various explosions.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
The costuming of Mama's fellow drag queens is slightly salacious, as is Harley's form-fitting costume.
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Teen and adult characters swear occasionally, with a handful of uses of "s--t," "f--k," and "a--hole."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass tells the origin story of the title character after she arrives in Gotham City. As written by Mariko Tamaki, Harley is goodhearted and enthusiastic but can be violent if she or her friends are threatened. Violence leads only to property damage, for the most part, but physical punches are thrown. Drag queens fighting gentrification figures in the plot. Teen and adult characters swear occasionally, with a handful of uses of "s--t," "f--k," and "a--hole."
Is It Any Good?
Creating a relatable anti-heroine is a difficult task, but this frenetic origin story features a protagonist who is unpredictable, bighearted, naive, and a little bit dangerous. Writer Mariko Tamaki captures the characters' distinctive speech patterns and devises for Harley a story that's fast-paced, exciting, funny, and touching. Artist Steve Pugh's beautifully garish illustrations are perfect for this project, giving Harley room to strut her stuff in an environment that pulses with energy. Harley doesn't follow the straight and narrow, but her heart's in the right place. Readers will find some laughs, some danger, and a touch of poignancy in this vibrant graphic novel.
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