After helping catapult Harley Quinn back to the forefont as a character & hold down her own solo series once again, the married comic book powerhouse duo of Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner are moving on. In an interview with The Washington Post, the couple announced that December’s Harley Quinn #34 will be their current final issue of the series.
Conner & Palmiotti launched the second ever ongoing series for Harley in 2014 and it quickly became one of DC Comics most popular series and after lasting for 30 issues (plus some one-shots and spin off mini series) it was relaunched in 2016 as part of the DC Rebirth era of titles.
Harley Quinn is at the height of popularity currently with her series, alongside other media like Margot Robbie’s portrayal of the character in Suicide Squad, but having worked on the series since shortly after their marriage in 2013 the duo finally decided it was time for a break.
“We just felt like maybe it’s a good time to take a break, take a step back, go on a honeymoon, maybe spend some of the money we made on each other and get to know each other,” Palmiotti said. “We love this character, but we felt like, a lot of times you work on books and the sales drop and the character isn’t popular anymore. With [Harley Quinn] we figured, well, let’s take a nice break while the character is essentially as hot as ever.”
Leaving the title also will allow Conner the chance to return to the thing she really loves doing, which is art. Being a full-time co-writer didn’t leave a lot of time for drawing outside of covers for the series, one-shots and mini-series with Harley.
“Drawing the interiors is my favorite thing. I love it so much,” Conner said. “And I kind of miss doing that and I’d like to get back into it.”
When writer Frank Tieri artist Inaki Miranda take over with issue #35 the book will still retain some flavor of the old team as Conner will remain on board in the capacity of providing the series covers.
The writing duo will go out with a bang though as Harley will end up going home to Florida to see her parents after she experiences heartbreak following the death of one of the series supporting characters.
Harley Quinn #34 arrives in December, with Harley Quinn #35 arriving in January.