‘Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity Secret Files’ #1 Takes A Forensic Look Into The Joker’s Mind

by Olly MacNamee

DC Black Label’s Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity series gets a one-shot follow-up this June from the same team of Kami Garcia, Mico Suayan and Jason Badowe. Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity Secret Files #1 comes with a David Mack cover and here’s what it’s all about:

In Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity by Kami Garcia, Mico Suayan and Jason Badower, Harley Quinn is hunting two serial killers: The Joker, a brutal psychopath who murdered her roommate and disappeared years ago, and the killer currently terrorizing Gotham City. Throughout the acclaimed series, Garcia has been consulting forensic psychiatrist and behavior analyst Edward Kurz, MD, to ensure the accuracy of the story and of Harley’s methodology.

Sounds like Dr Ed Kurz was a great fit for consulting on this book as Garcia explained:

I had worked on an X-Files book, and my friend, Dr. Ed Kurz, was one of my consultants. He’s a real forensic psychiatrist profiler. Harley Quinn basically has a very similar job. Dr. Kurz works in a facility for the criminally insane. I wanted to play with the idea of Harley having that training and working as a behavior analyst and a profiler.

He also had something to say about their approach to the Joker:

We profiled Joker as if he were a real person. I wanted to write a very accurate procedural. I wanted people to make sure their doors were locked after they read the issue. To really feel like he could be out there.

Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity Secret Files #1 comes out June 6th from DC Comics/DC Black Label

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