To be honest, I understand the reasons why Harley Quinn would want to commit suicide. She’s almost as demented as her boyfriend, Mr. J. The thrill of trying out different suicide attempts falls right in line with a twisted, insane character who get excited just by thinking about death and destruction. There have been times where both Harley and the Joker gave the “come-hither” look at death, and smile while doing it. It all makes perfect sense.
However, let’s take a look at what’s going on here. DC Comics made an announcement on their website (for people who want to break into comics) that if you draw Harley Quinn naked while committing suicide, enter the drawing in their contest and win, you’ll have a chance to shine in the up coming Harley Quinn solo book. They presented four scenarios artists can choose from, listed below…
Harley is on top of a building, holding a large DETACHED cellphone tower in her hands as lightning is striking just about everywhere except her tower. She is looking at us like she cannot believe what she is doing. Beside herself. Not happy.
Harley is sitting in an alligator pond, on a little island with a suit of raw chicken on, rolling her eyes like once again, she cannot believe where she has found herself. We see the alligators ignoring her.
Harley is sitting in an open whale mouth, tickling the inside of the whale’s mouth with a feather. She is ecstatic and happy, like this is the most fun ever.
Harley sitting naked in a bathtub with toasters, blow dryers, blenders, appliances all dangling above the bathtub and she has a cord that will release them all. We are watching the moment before the inevitable death. Her expression is one of “oh well, guess that’s it for me” and she has resigned herself to the moment that is going to happen.
For a number of years women in comics have been used as disposable plot devices. Not just with DC, but also with Marvel and all of the other lesser known comic book publishers. DC’s simply making an ass of themselves by turning the well known “women in refrigerators” concept into a contest, further enforcing the idea that over sexualizing women and murder is ok as long as it to advance the careers of male artists.
I won’t stop reading comics from DC. I’m too big of a fan of the big three – Supes, Bats, and Wondy. But there are times where I wonder if the decision makers at DC actually realize what they’re doing, or if they’re THAT oblivious.
Gail Simone, can you stomp the stupid out of DC? Please?