The following article contains spoilers for harley quinn #24, on sale now from DC.
The last number of harley quinn reveals that the mysterious hooded figure who shot and killed Harley in issue #22 is none other than her evil double, the Harley Who Laughs.
Harley goes on the offensive throughout the issue, investigating who might have slipped onto her yacht and put a bullet through her. She enlists the help of Zsasz, Gotham’s most disturbing serial killer, claiming that he can feel the pulse of the city and always knows what’s going on in its darkest corners. Their search for her leads them to the warehouse district, where the hooded, armed assassin reveals herself to be a grinning version of Harley with claws, chains, and a spiked band around her face: the unmistakable signs of the Dark Multiverse. .
A truly evil Harley Quinn
The Harley Who Laughs was teased in DC’s September solicitations, and issue #24 marks its first official reveal, though Greg Horn’s cover for 2018 Dark Knights: Metal #6 showed a slightly different non-canon version of the character who later received a sculpt from DC Collectibles in 2019.
Harley’s nightmarish doppelganger is inspired by the Batman Who Laughs, a fan-favorite villain who was created by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo and first appeared in 2017. Dark days: the casting #1. A sadistic version of Batman from the Dark Multiverse who killed the Joker but was infected by a toxin that emerged from the fallen villain’s heart, the Batman Who Laughs became famous during Metal Y death metal as one of the greatest threats to all superheroes in the galaxy. The character’s popularity has led to similar villains, including justice league incarnateIt’s Batwoman who laughs.
It is currently unknown why the Harley Who Laughs is in Gotham. The regular Harley, after dying from her gunshot wounds, was resurrected in a Lazarus Pit at Number 22, warranting an investigation by Damian Wayne, who believed the pit would have irrevocably changed Harley to her former self. I murder.
harley quinn Issue #24 is written by Stephanie Phillips, illustrated by Matteo Lolli, colored by Rain Beredo, lettered by Andworld Design, and features covers by Lolli and Beredo, Lee Bermejo, Leirix, and Ludo Lullabi. The number is on sale now from DC.