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harleen by nebezial harleen by nebezial
this was something i was messing around last year after seeing assault on arkham

i often do these little storytelling practices, especially stuff that has a different mood from my usual work.

in this case a dark pretty much humorless retelling of harley's story.

it's an elseworlds approach so a lot of freedom was taken, but basically i had this idea of humanizing villains. harley always struck me as a fascinating character because she was a psychiatrist. she could literally recognize her own pathology while being unable to stop it

like i said, it's an elseworlds take. some things aren't the same. harley here is a skilled , if tunnelvisiones psychiatrist who sees the joker as both a challenge and a potential solution to her theory of mental disorder as a survival mechanism.

what starts of as a professional fascination goes horribly wrong.


no, it will not be finished, no it will not be published, yes this is just a bit of glorified warmup fanart :)
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:iconzentoul:
Zentoul Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2017
Ho-ly shit, this is better than any DC storyline I've seen in a long time...
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browncoat4life Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes. Yes it is.
Though the Harley comic was surprisingly decent and watching her literally beat Joker bloody was... nicely cathartic. :)
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Shirogane1340 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
AHHHHHHHH!!! i just read your summary of Harley's background but retold and am screaming of joy and sadness because this was really really good!! I love harley and this is a great retelling of her story with the Joker and her relationship with Ivy! plus I loved Pam's outfit very elegant. Sad this won't be finished but hey this was still really good!
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findsounddragon Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
This is amazing! Great work.
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:iconmerle:
merle Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2017
"she could literally recognize her own pathology while being unable to stop it"

And there's the tragedy of her character summed up in one sentence.
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herdivineshadow Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2017
Awesome :D
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:iconlostmercury:
LostMercury Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2017  Professional General Artist
Oh my god this was great
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daliborgaric Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2017
Awesome!
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Gavin2051 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
This is the best thing I've seen with these three characters. I love your Posion Ivy. Just...fabulous!Clap 
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Phage-Marrowice Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2017
I don't recall if I ever commented on any of your stuff. But your little stories are fascinating and beautifully told. And not just in terms of the sheer quality of the art but also in the use of imagery. There is a real elegance in the transitions in this one in particular, but you have the same quality in many of them.

And I have a soft spot for things looking up, somewhat, for Harley, and realizing that you need help is the first step.

Well done.
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Bytemebebe Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's official....I want to read every single thing you make. Die hard fan now. That was BRILLIANT! :squee:
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BenRG Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2017
You know, Harl, when Pammy smiles at you in that manner, you should be very, very afraid.
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BrunoKopte Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2017  Student Writer
See, that whole dream is the reason why therapeuts should always have therapy themselves. Both to discuss it, and to already know that they are mad. Being interested in what happens inside other's heads alone is something of a voyeurism.

It also made me wonder what would happen if the Joker got to deal with a therapeut which isn't too green behind the ears and agrees that all those illusions are so, but that it isn't a reason to kill people.
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Izzy870 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2017
Could you please possibly glorify some more warmup fanart? .3.
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marcelohilustra Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2017  Student Digital Artist
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Please see and share the first Comic book I ever made! I'm so happy to have this Issue released! CHECK IT OUT!! :)
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HekateLesedi Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2017  Student Filmographer
OH MY GOD I WANT THE REST OF THIS STORY SO BAD!
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SamuraiShinai Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2017
Rediscovered this one and... it deserves no less than a I salute you! !!
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bruiser128 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
From reading this re-imagining of Harley Quinns origins, I find it fascinating Joker's greatest and most terrifying ability is to reprogram people by somply talking to them.

 
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Is the resolution really low on this comic strip? I felt like a read it before and it was fine, and now after the second part was posted, i am reading this again and even the text is low resolution.

Like the second part is MUCH higher resolution, i would say it must be my computer but I even downloaded it and it is the same issue. Did something happen? Anyone else seeing it like this?
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Loukilouk04 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2017
It brought tears to my eyes "H--Help me"

Good job !
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pandastuck Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
this is the best thing ever, I hope you change your mind someday and make a part 2
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NIELSPETERDEJONG Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2017
So where is part 2? :) 
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Harusaki-chan Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Bloody hell, please finish? It's so good!
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Freakconformist Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Such a cliffhanger, lol.
Remarkable how the psychology of the character follows along the lines of what they did in Suicide Squad. The reverse psychology, the Stockholm syndrome, the conformity of an abused spouse, her realizing that he doesn't care if she lives or dies, her turning against him. It's an interesting concept, I wish the movie had committed to it more.
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PheaNixJ956 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2017  New Deviant Hobbyist Traditional Artist
MAOR!!!! I NEED MAOR!!!!!
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chicagousait Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2017
I need more
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tranlover Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2017
Ah :( I wanna know what happens next
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Mhalliastrae Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
Ok... read DA comics they said ...
it will be fun they said
i felt a gut punch right in the feels

and the cruel part of it all
you wont finish it  0_0

admirable work you know and represent harley and ivy like no other great work as always!
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pauexe Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2017  New Deviant
omg, one of the most excited things i've ever read about the relationship issues between harley and mister J.! 
oh please tell me is there more x3 i need to know what would happen next
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adventuerfoxsan Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2017
SO GOOD Burger [Adventure Time]
As you can see I am eating this up.
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fireheart613 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
This is glorious.
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DoctorPresident Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2017  Student General Artist
If it ended at "Not anymore" i think I would have been more at peace but ending with "But that's not all!" and never telling what the 'all' is might just kill me inside
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IdkCoolNicknames Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2017  New Deviant Student Artist
WHAT THE FUCK DUDE?? you're not gonna finish it then don't end in that's not all you fucking cunt leaving us with cliffhangers fuk u man
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IdkCoolNicknames Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2017  New Deviant Student Artist
Btw that was amazing I love your interpretation of Harleen's story I think it's probably the one I've seen that seems more logical or realistic, it's not like "she was a psychiatrist and fell in love with the Joker and went fucking nuts" it shows the reason, how it started and how it escalated, and now I was thinking about saying something more but I really don't know what so I don't know how to end this....so.....bye......or something idk :v ......
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chris7clason Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2017  Professional Writer
It's beautiful!
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Dracavia Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Both aesthetically and narratively beautiful!
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SeDevri Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2017
Also i totally read that last line in Billy Mays voice
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SeDevri Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2017
I REALLY want to see where this goes, I mean it has me hooked, and I am NOT a big fan of the DC/Marvel superhero comics
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Pollyannafellow Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
great work! sad that if wont be finished but a great little read indeed!
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nick10-98 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
Great art and story!
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DragonOfChoas Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2017
I love it.
Please finish it? pretty please?
This kind of story it too good to stay without a proper end. 
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foxred1988 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome :D
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:iconpyschoticallysane:
I think you did really well in setting the tone for this piece! It's so believable and it really draws you in. I think its a shame that you've chosen not to create more of this story, but whether that's because you can't or because it's your own choice, thank you so much for sharing this piece with us! <3 

P.S. You've really become my most favorite comic artist and comic writer, so hurts to see that some of your original works haven't sold well :'( Whatever you do in the future for your comics, art, or writing I'll support you! I'm gad that I got to meet you in person and have you sign some of my copies of your comics!
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Bobbomite Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2017
Right. Soooooo. You're going to have to finish this now. It's the best comic I've read in recent memory. Close to 1500 comments can't be wrong, can they?
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GeoKorf Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
great
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SoupNaziMark2 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2017
WHY? WHY will it not be finished?
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kromatik-art Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2017  Student Digital Artist
oh man, that was so good! please make more!
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h2oh-yeah Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing! I can't believe you only did this as fanart~!
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squadron633 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2017
Nebezial, you are my hero!
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