Harley Quinn co-creator Paul Dini joins ongoing comic for new backup stories

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Jan 17, 2017, 3:15 PM EST

No one knows you quite like your parents, and comic book characters are no exception. That’s why it will be great to see writer Paul Dini return to his most famous and facetious creation, Harley Quinn, this April for a series of all-new backup stories!

Starting with the 17th issue of DC Rebirth's Harley Quinn series, Paul Dini will join regular series co-writer Jimmy Palmiotti and artist Brett Blevins to provide backup tales to the book. The cover for the issue is by the other series writer, Amanda Conner, and appropriately features the current comic Harley back-to-back with her classic animated counterpart. Check it out below, followed by DC's official solicitation for the issue.

"Deadly Sin" Part 1! The twisted Harley Sinn's been released from prison and she's looking to hurt Harley in a whole new way ... by going after somebody she loved and lost! And to make this issue extra-unmissable, a brand-new backup story begins, set in Harley's earliest days with the Joker—and co-written by one of Harley's original creators, Paul Dini! "Harley Loves Joker" kicks off as Harley makes the biggest mistake of her burgeoning criminal career: accidentally revealing the location of Mistah J's hideout!

Paul Dini created the jovial jester in 1992 alongside artist Bruce Timm for Batman: The Animated Series and she's been a Gotham icon ever since. Dini continues to work mostly in animation — recently having written for Justice League Action — but has returned more and more to writing the comic book Harley, having contributed stories starring his creation in Batman Annual #1 and DC Rebirth Holiday Special.

Dini also featured Harley (albeit as a voice in his head) in his wonderful autobiographical graphic novel Dark Night: A True Batman Story, which released last summer.

Are you excited to see Paul Dini return to writing Harley Quinn regularly? Do you wish she'd return to her classic costume? Let us know in the comments below, puddin'!

(Via Bleeding Cool)