By MisterAnderson 11 Comments
I originally poo-pooed The Joker's Daughter, her new image seeming to somehow provide nothing that DC readers couldn't already get from Harley Quinn. Then I read Batman: The Dark Knight #23.4 - The Meat & the Marrow, and so now I would offer this to people who, like I did, doubt the "new" character. Duela is everything Harley is not, the anti-Harley if you will.
Harley's agenda is always contingent upon someone else's approval, whether that person is the Joker, Poison Ivy, or the Suicide Squad. I will always prefer pre-52 Harley, visually and philosophically, but she's submissive, in spite of her psychosis. Meanwhile, Duela has literally taken the Joker's face, and subverted his image to her own agenda. In "The Meat & The Marrow," she fights to liberate the women of the Nevers, and wins. She is resourceful, but knows her limits. She has more practical concerns, where Harley has passion.
No doubt, eventually these two characters will come into conflict; I can't imagine the proximity they shared in Forever Evil #1 - Nightfall went unnoticed to one another, so it's only a matter of time. I further predict that Harley will triumph because she is unpredictable and crazy, always an edge over logical. Still, until she does choke the life from Duela, I'm going to enjoy the ride.
Thoughts? I don't necessarily like being in an echo chamber, so contrary opinions are always welcome.