Psychology of Supervillains - Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity

In association with That Black Label Life and Harley’s Crew, The Psychology Of Supervillians Club presents Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity.

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In Gotham City, where heinous acts of violence are a daily occurrence, the GCPD relies on Harley Quinn, a young forensic psychiatrist and profiler, to consult on their toughest cases. But Harley is haunted by one case in particular—when she found herself at the center of a horrifying crime scene the night she discovered the body of her roommate, left with the signature of a notorious serial killer—The Joker. :rotating_light: 17+ Mature Readers

:diamonds: Discussion Quesions can be found :point_right: HERE. And now…

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In Gotham City, where heinous acts of violence are a daily occurrence, the GCPD relies on Harley Quinn, a young forensic psychiatrist and profiler, to consult on their toughest cases. But Harley is haunted by one unsolved case-the night she discovered her roommate’s body marked with the signature of a notorious serial killer known as The Joker. Five years later, the case remains unsolved and a new series of horrific murders occur throughout the city. As the murders escalate, Harley’s obsession with finding the depraved psychopath responsible leads her down a dangerous path. When the past and the present finally collide, Harley has to decide how far she is willing to go-and how many lines she is willing to cross-to solve these cases once and for all.

Below are the comic book resources for Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity available on DCU.

Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity

Discussions should center around the reading, however referencing other material is neither unheard of nor out of the question.

Given that this is a version of Harley we have never seen before:

  • Can she hold the line and seek justice? Or cross it, seeking vengeance?
  • Would she follow the traditional fate we are more familiar with? Or would her allegiance to Joker come about some other way?

The evolution of Joker is unique in its own way, but also has elements that have appeared in non comic book genres and media.

  • Discuss what you like/dislike.
  • How do you think he would react when meeting Batman for the first time?
    Without further ado, we delve into Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity.
    Let the adventure begin!!!

POS is back?! Finally!


I really enjoyed this story. Very interesting to see a Joker who isn’t tied to Batman in any way. I can see this Harley becoming a vigilante in the style of the Punisher, killing those she deems in need of Justice.
As far as this Joker meeting Batman, I think he wouldn’t believe Batman is truly out for justice but more sublimating his own need to hurt others.


Sort of. This is more of a soft open since it is a collab then a solo outing. If I can make it work, then there might be something more regular.


I should just always have this handy…

I’ll be back :saluting_face:


i’ve been meaning to finish this now that i have all the books, is it okay if i come back? good idea having sound mind too


Of course. Whenever you are ready. I still have to put my $0.02 in.


thanks! i’m almost done, I’ll be back soon


Happy DCUniversary @MaxR


I liked it. The ending was abrupt but I didn’t mind. Harley is my favorite and joker is usually garbage to her, so i liked that she was more in control following her own code and thought it was smart to do the podcast with it because they re similar. he should be the one chasing her. Harley is more clever than people give her credit for sometimes, because she makes us laugh but pacifying people is why she’s an asset and makes sense as an antihero. she has the will do what others won’t to finish a job or set things right, and is always true to herself, funny or not. I could see her hunting bad guys like that full time.



I agree, Harley is such an interesting character and I appreciate seeing her as more than the Joker’s plaything


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Harls has def blossomed after leaving rekoJ ehT behind. Girl’s livin’ her best life now. :smiley:
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Happy belated DCUI anniversary @MaxR. :tada:


Thanks! I’m glad she’s with ivy now, too and has her own life to live :00_harlivy: