After four successful years, Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti have announced their decision to leave DC’s Harley Quinn. The duo’s final issue of the series, Harley Quinn #34, will be released on December 20, 2017. This issue also marks the departure for artist John Timms.
“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. 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,” Palmiotti shared with The Washington Post.
After completing her Harley Quinn run, which began with Harley Quinn Vol. 2 #1 back in 2014, Conner hopes to return to working on more interior art. “Drawing the interiors is my favorite thing. I love it so much. And I kind of miss doing that and I’d like to get back into it,” Conner said.
The final issue will reportedly kill off one of Harley Quinn’s supporting cast, which leads her to recuperate with her parents in Florida. “She runs to mom and dad down in Florida to take a mental break, to look at her life. It’s us looking back at what we did, pushing Harley forward to the next team. So it kind of sets up some future stories as well for the next crew,” teased Palmiotti.
Palmiotti reassured fans of the duo that, “It’s not the end of us. It’s just a nice vacation.”
Beginning in January 2018 with Harley Quinn #35, the series will be written by Frank Tieri with art by Inaki Miranda.