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BATMAN #12 Delivers More on Scott Snyder's New Character: Harper Row

The mysterious new character gets some time in the spotlight in this 'Night of the Owls' epilogue.

How do you follow up the over-the-top action in the Night of the Owls story? How about a chance to catch our breath and find out more on Scott Snyder's new character Harper Row?

Who is Harper Row?

If we piece together what we know, Harper actually first appeared back in BATMAN #1.

In the panel above, it seemed odd that we had some nameless female character next to Jim Gordon, Lincoln March and Leslie Thompkins while Bruce was giving his speech. When asked back in September 2011, Snyder simply told us:

You'll have to wait and see, but I will say this, she is in a sequence of important characters, so… :-)

When issue #7 came out in March, it appeared we had Harper's first appearance. This was clearly a different looking character and we were given her name. With issue #7, Scott told us:

Harper Row is her name and she's a character I've been thinking about for some time. I don't want to give too much away, but you'll be seeing more of her in Gotham soon - she has an important role to play in upcoming stories.

But later, when talking about the crazy events in BATMAN #10, Scott exclusively revealed that Harper was the girl seen in issue #1. Here's what we can expect in issue #12:

You'll see things happen with Harper Row, who appeared earlier in the series in issue #7 and, as you guys pointed out as the only site that caught it, I think, in issue #1 as well. Through her eyes, we're going to see some stuff that you didn't get to see before that happened throughout the series.

This week, issue #12 is out, featuring art by the "first woman to ever illustrate the series," Becky Cloonan. Check out the preview posted over at DC's blog.

== TEASER ==

BATMAN #12

It’s the epilogue to “The Court of Owls”!

Written by SCOTT SNYDER

Art by BECKY CLOONAN and ANDY CLARKE

Cover by GREG CAPULLO

Variant Cover by BRYAN HITCH

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Posted by JohnnyWalker

ugh, leave the anime art to mangas.

Posted by cincyducksfan35

love her work on Conan. Great choice for this issue

Posted by Mediumflyer7

Love the art!

Edited by Mucklefluga

Nooooo, no Greg Capullo art :'( :'(

Harper is turning out to be an interesting character, she says she has a brother, time for everyone to start guessing who it's gonna be. My guess is she is Dick Grayson's long lost sister ;), i called it first. :P

Posted by Red Rum

Is it me or is Batman getting all SHAZAM! on us in the first cover?

Posted by ObsideonDarman

Loving the art!

Posted by FLStyle

I hope this Harper Row develops into a unique path of her own and steps out of what I perceive as Lisbeth Salander (The Girl with the Dragoon Tattoo)'s and Motoko Kusanagi (Ghost in the Shell)'s shadows.

Posted by Alch21

@Mucklefluga: Dibs on Jason Todd's sister idea then.

Posted by Novemberx2

its the joker and boy is it disturbing

Posted by Mucklefluga

Reading that dialogue again i'm going with the new Talon dude that's a good guy being her brother.

Posted by Mucklefluga

@Novemberx2: That's a great shout but, i dunno, i don't think you're right.

Posted by sentryman555

@JohnnyWalker said:

ugh, leave the anime art to mangas.

This. I was trying to figure out what was throwing me off about the artwork and you put it perfectly.

Posted by yupfrank

my excitement can not be contained for this issue

and i love the artwork, it is different for Batman but for one issue, should be really cool

Posted by ArcadiaExeter

she's cat-girl!

Posted by Aph8825

The art isnt bad, but im going to miss not seeing greg caps art for a month.

Posted by vernierhawk001

Seems like a Robin or Batgirl origin to me (sure hope thats not the case). Also, no more changes to the Grayson origin, please.

Posted by Webjaker

@JohnnyWalker said:

ugh, leave the anime art to mangas.

I'd have to agree. i know that modern comics is HEAVILY influenced by anime/manga style and in many ways i like it, Capullo and Ramos draw from it quite a bit - but for this series, i feel this art is a little TOO anime/manga. Though its a one-off about Harper Row, so I guess cutesy and girlie are the way theyre going (though i highly doubt that cutesy/girlie is how you'd describe a homeless? girl that lives in the narrows)

Posted by CaptainGenisVell

@Mucklefluga said:

Nooooo, no Greg Capullo art :'( :'(

Harper is turning out to be an interesting character, she says she has a brother, time for everyone to start guessing who it's gonna be. My guess is she is Dick Grayson's long lost brother ;), i called it first. :P

So she is a he? :P

Posted by Mucklefluga

Ahahahahaha just noticed that, time for an edit :P

Posted by Nassirdada

Really excited about this issue!

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

I loves the art 
 
@Webjaker: Cutesy and girlie? This artist draws Conan The Barbarian 

Posted by Novemberx2

@Mucklefluga: im basing my reasoning on one jokers lip stick image, the fact the joker has been at least visually changed by dollmaker, and that Scott said this is a joker we've never seen before who's gonna get to Bruce and his family like never before.

it's very disturbing idea but its kind of thing the joker would do. but possible, At one point Loki was a girl in Thor which was equally weird

and besides after the whole Owlman is my brother thing, i would't rule this madness out.

Posted by Mucklefluga

@Novemberx2: They are good reasons, i only disagreed because she says in that preview that she has a brother, but i still wouldn't be surprised if you are right.

Posted by Funrush

@sentryman555 said:

@JohnnyWalker said:

ugh, leave the anime art to mangas.

This. I was trying to figure out what was throwing me off about the artwork and you put it perfectly.

Although it looks a little mangaish to me, it still looks great.

Here's to Harper becoming Oracle!

Posted by gats_botl

she's harley quinn

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

Becky Cloonan's art is AMAZING. I really need to get onto Snyder's run eventually :/

Posted by Mucklefluga

@RedheadedAtrocitus: Your saying your not reading it ATM FACEPALM ;)

Posted by Planewalker

Other than a typical manga emote don't see a manga type here. It reminds me of Korra it's ok

Posted by Deranged Midget

I can't get over how spectacular that cover looks.

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Posted by Webjaker

@Jonny_Anonymous said:

I loves the art

@Webjaker: Cutesy and girlie? This artist draws Conan The Barbarian

I am talking specifically about the pages above. I would HOPE she doesnt draw Conan like this ROFL

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous
@Webjaker said:

@Jonny_Anonymous said:

I loves the art

@Webjaker: Cutesy and girlie? This artist draws Conan The Barbarian

I am talking specifically about the pages above. I would HOPE she doesnt draw Conan like this ROFL

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

@Mucklefluga: Unfortunately no, lol and only because of $$$ limitations. I will get the trades though...fo 'sho.

Posted by Billy Batson

How can someone hate Cloonan? :/
BB

Posted by yo_yo_fun

Awesome! Can't wait!

Posted by tpary02

Am I the only one that realizes that Snyder is just getting us attached to a character just to have her killed off? He has said that the Joker will be a cold-blodded monster. So he has to kill somebody, right? You can't kill the usuals, i.e. Alfred, Gordon, any member of the Bat family (they all have their own books anyways). I doubt this new character is for any other purpose than cattle for Clown Prince of Crime!

Posted by RedOwl_1

I like the art A LOT, I can't wait, it's, as always, my week's favourite

Posted by Trodorne

I like this art, sure its not cappulo but still great.

Posted by NXH

@JohnnyWalker said:

ugh, leave the anime art to mangas.

Couldn't say it better myself. I will be skipping this issue. If Greg Capullo is having a break, so will I LOL

Edited by KnightRise

Ooo ouch noticeable contrast in art, Capullo>Cloonan by a lot

And not to fret but I dug her punkrock look, obviously theres a reason she doesn't look like that in these panels, just saying I hope she keeps it

Posted by fodigg

@JohnnyWalker said:

ugh, leave the anime art to mangas.

This counts as "anime art"? I guess I can see some influences but come on. It's hardly chibi.

Posted by Or35ti

I'm excited :)

Posted by PortlandsBatman

It is weird that DC's website doesn't have the change in artist for this issue.

Posted by Webjaker

@Jonny_Anonymous: I take it back. She should do well and i should check out Conan

Posted by NightFang

@JohnnyWalker said:

ugh, leave the anime art to mangas.

Stop hating.

Posted by Dark_Vengeance_

why would they change Capullo's art? It was amazing

Posted by JohnnyWalker

@NightFang said:

@JohnnyWalker said:

ugh, leave the anime art to mangas.

Stop hating.

stop pestering me with your opinnions. i dont care.

Posted by Imagine_Man15

I have a strong feeling that Harper is going to be killed by Joker in the upcoming arc.

Then again, there's that theory that Harper IS Joker. That very notion is complete madness... so Snyder is probably on it as we speak

Posted by BoyWander

I loved Greg's art, but you know what? I love this art just as much. It's a nice change. And don't be all huffy because it kind of resembles manga art. There's nothing wrong with that.

Posted by timelord786

Awesome now i can't wait to read it!

Posted by feargalr

Frakking love that blue cover

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