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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no, it will not be finished, no it will not be published, yes this is just a bit of glorified warmup fanart :)
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darsh97 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2018
Brilliant.
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losingmymind1995 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2018  New Deviant
You beautiful, genius bastard! I've been toying with the idea of writing a fan screenplay about Ivy taking care of Harley and helping her get rid of her abuser once and for all, and it's almost like you took my exact ideas and contextualise them! I love this! 
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Sushi-Volcano Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2018
Man, when I first saw this on Pinterest, I was scouring Google looking for the ending. I knew fanfics were a thing, but I didn't know fan comics were a thing. This is so good that I had no idea it was fan-made.
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GLoRToR Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2018   General Artist
Your faces are priceless.
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KierstenViolette Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing work! Sad we wont see more of this story!
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Celebrithil Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2017
I absolutely love this piece. It's terrifying, but with a hopeful ending.
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Hawk-619 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
You do one of the most beautiful/sexy Joker ever. Love our art since always. Please, keep it up. BEsts from Spain.
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RyanGutz Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2017
I love your art, but... For the life of me, I do not understand everyone's obsession with this character, or their desire to constantly humanize her as a victim of the joker. She goes to bed with a mass murderer, she delights in his carnage. They're villains. 
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nebezial Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2017
no idea about others. i'm interested in the idea of a psychiatrist going down into the abyss. 

she is a villain, but at the same time the truly fascinating element for me is, she of all people should know better and yet...she goes there. aware of all the implications of her own developing pathology... and yet still taking that fall. 

in a way i see her like michael corleone. a villain by his own right who certainly had no intentions of being that. what makes godfather a good movie to me is seeing  him falling down his own abyss.

hope this clears it up for you from my end of things.
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RyanGutz Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2017
I mean that's an interesting discussion about the nature of evil and its degrees. I think it's unfair to compare the Joker/Harley Quinn couple to Michael Corleone. It actually wouldn't even be right to compare Harley to her contemporaries- characters like Poison Ivy are more comparable to complex "falls from grace" characters like Michael Corleone, because Ivy's motives are comprehensible, even relatable, but extreme and thus, villainous. Joker has no motive but to hurt as many people as possible, in the worst ways possible. Innocent people aren't collateral damage, they're the target. And Harley is aware of this when she falls for him, and even puts on a costume that is modeled after his aesthetic, pairing herself to his ideas, his reality. In order to make them work as a couple in the way you're describing, I feel like the joker would need to be a more dimensional character, but he's so absurdly evil 24/7 that anyone who is attracted to him would have to be similarly deranged, in my opinion. Like, I couldn't picture him and Harley having downtime where they just smash and cuddle and tell each other stories, lol
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nebezial Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2017
we each have our own take. :)
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TiraArts Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
grinfaceplz 
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0becomingX Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2017
awwww i love poison ivy and larlee they are so romantic together ;3 <3
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Daviddv1202 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2017  Hobbyist Filmographer
Please finish this! 
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whitewingphoenix Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Ho-ly .... SHEEEEEEEET!!!  Amazing! Proper justice done for to my favourite DC character <3
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TheArtingKitty Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Am v sad ;-; I wanna see Harley kill le Joker
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Alex13alejandro Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Must be agony to understand every detail of your sickness and not be able to do a damn thing to stop it.
like a chemist being slowly lowered into acid.
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Shehanitan Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2017
More please O.O
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14Darius Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
soo awesome.
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FortheloveofTofu Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2017
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh it's so good
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DailyLifeWithRy Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Also absolutely gorgeous, beautifully dark study into the fall and rise of Harley and the relationship of Ivy and Harley.
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DailyLifeWithRy Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Harley Quinn: Origin
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JackalyenMystique Featured By Owner Edited Oct 14, 2017  Professional Writer
You captured Harleen's beginning, corruption, downfall and her renewal very well! :clap:
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Alchemist-Krieger Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I feel related to this character since... I had a really toxic relationship before. I started to love Harleen Quinzel haha. Anyway, gorgeous comic. :heart: 
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mytigio Featured By Owner Edited Oct 11, 2017
I kept seeing this around and thinking the poses and style looked very similar to sunstone, and now I know why! :P
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Chaosking44 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2017
Too bad this doesn't have a part 2
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MyxLyssa Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2017
did you see those ?
harleen compilation2 by nebezial some more harleen by nebezial harleen page 5 by nebezial
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JrCherNik Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2017
I really like this elseworlds take on harley's story. Nice art and the storytelling is charming. Awesome!
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Deviant-RazorCat Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2017  Hobbyist
I've been looking for the source of this comic for a while, glad I finally found it. It's amazing, I wish this was and official work.
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Saphira455 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Same.
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whale-whale--whale Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2017
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SchattenLotus Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2017
I can't find Part Three ^^;

Part 1 and 2, but not 3 (?) and 4 (?) - only Part 5/Five ^^;
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AgustinaKazuyo Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Pages 3 and 4 are in the second compilation. 
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SchattenLotus Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2017
Ah, thanks :nod:
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Scionjeshua Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I was so drawn into the story, the mood atmosphere.....

what can I say, I love it!
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SchattenLotus Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2017
I can't find Part Three ^^;

Part 1 and 2, but not 3 (?) and 4 (?) - only Part 5/Five ^^;


I also live this Page =) the Atmosphere is real :D
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Scionjeshua Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
most of the work is personal work from the artist, the way I was drawn in is the sign of a pro at work.  I would love to see more, but also at the same time respect the artist's wishes.  We would all love more time :)

Thanks for sharing this with us nebezial!!
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SchattenLotus Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2017
No Problem :highfive:
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SchattenLotus Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2017
No Problem :hug: :thumbsup:
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Al-Kpon Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
she become a poison ivy 2.0 ?
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HarleyRoseTennant Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
This was great! I'm sad there won't be more though Sad dummy 
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willgregory7795 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Harley Quinn is one of my favorites. great storyline.... you left me wanting more. thanks for sharing this with us. 
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Presto3232 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fantastic.  Love the pacing of the whole story, her transformation, etc.
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cvanims Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, that was amazing!
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Sulfyr Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2017  Professional General Artist
I know you say it will never be finished, but daaaayumn I wish it would be.
Your story telling and art is phenomenal.  I have read this multiple times (basically every time it pops up) and it's amazing every time!
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SonOfBatmanDamian Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You NEED to continue this story. It's Great!
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ihatelavender Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2017
Hooked.
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