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Capes On the Couch - Where Comics Need Counseling


Apr 4, 2018

Anthony and Dr. Issues tackle the Clown Princess of Crime, Harley Quinn, her thoughs on Mistah J and Ivy, and how she could function in society. And as usual, Doc has a major repair bill by the end of it.

Show notes:

  • Introduction
  • Background on Harley Quinn
    • Introduced in Batman: The Animated Series, originally intended as a one-off
    • Batman Adventures: Mad Love expands background as Joker's psychologist
    • Came from dysfunctional family, studied psychology as a way to understand her situation
    • Once she left the Joker's side, joined Poison Ivy
    • Ends up back in Arkham, convinces Bruce Wayne to help with parole
    • Gotham City Sirens - joins Catwoman & Ivy, but betrays them to help break Joker out
    • New 52 - Becomes part of Suicide Squad, uses resources to get Joker's face back
    • Conner/Palmiotti series - works at Coney Island, now antihero
    • Rebirth - Inmate at Belle Reve, leader of new Suicide Squad
  • Primary issues
    • Obsession with Joker - co-dependent relationship
    • Dysfunctional family background
    • Relationship with Ivy - non-monogamous romantic
    • Strong impulsive streak, exacerbated by relationships
  • How to address issues
    • Improve self-esteem
    • Reduce dependency on others
    • Focus on professional background

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