DC Rebirth Holiday Special – 1


DC Rebirth Holiday Special – 1

General Info

Issue No:
1
On Sale Date:
December 2016
Cover Date:
February 2017
Era:
Rebirth
Story Title:
A Very Harley Holiday
Dreaming of a White Christmas

Creative Team

Cover Artist:
Dustin Nguyen
Writer:
Paul Dini
Mariko Tamaki
Penciller:
Elsa Charretier
Matías Bergara
Inker:
Elsa Charretier
Matías Bergara
Letterer:
Josh Reed
Colourist:
Hi-Fi
Nanjan Jamberi
Editor:
Eddie Berganza, Paul Kaminski (associate)
Andrew Marino

Characters

Main:
Harley Quinn (Harleen Quinzel)
Wonder Woman (Princess Diana), John Constantine
Heroes:
Wonder Woman (Princess Diana), Batman (Bruce Wayne), Superman (Clark Kent/Kal El), Beast Boy (Garfield Logan), Black Canary (Dinah Drake), Zatanna Zatara, Poison Ivy (Pamela Isley) - plus numerous cameos
Villains:
Killer Frost (Caitlin Snow), Mister Freeze (Victor Fries)
Jack Frost
Olympians:
N/A
Amazons:
N/A
Other:
Brangwen
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Comments

This one-shot special is an anthology issue and Wonder Woman is featured in the first and fifth stories. The first story however is actually interspersed between all the other stories in the issue.

First Story Synopsis

Harley Quinn opens up onto an empty stage immediately breaking the 4th wall as she explains that the budget for the Task Force X Christmas party was spent on St . Patrick’s Day and as such they must resort to a holiday special. To begin with she announces the entertainment skills of Black Canary and Zatanna who begin singing and summoning the 12 Days of Christmas which Harley uses as a segue into a story about Superman.

After her Superman story, Harley watches an animated TV special where Santa Claus’s reindeer have colds and Krypto is volunteered to fly his sleigh.

Harley is next seen opening presents but what comes from Batman is a donation to the Wayne Federation Police Retirement Fund leaving some people unhappy and Harley dangerously irked.

She later moves on to speak with Wonder Woman about the Amazons’ more brutal traditions which bores Harley senseless. Looking for something to drink Harley sits at the bar with Poison Ivy and watches as the Flash begins a sing-a-long with his whole Rogues Gallery.

Harley returns to the stage wearing her menor-antlers that she claims help blend her Christian-Jewish upbringing.

In the library Harley reads A Christmas Carol but as Raven she is knocked out by Harley’s reflexes. Beast Boy walks in and accidentally throws the book back at Raven, knocking her back out.

As Harley and company reach the twelfth night of the song the involved metas turn and bid the reader a Happy Christmas (or equivalent). Harley predicts the next year’s party will be better but there is a final flash-forward to the members of the Suicide Squad drunk on St. Patrick’s again.

Second Story Synopsis

John Constantine finds himself mysteriously drawn to a hooded woman who reveals herself to be Wonder Woman. Both were searching for a person and they soon discover that the two had been seen together.

Now united, Constantine begins to use more advanced spells such as hijacking a spiritual connection to talk to the deceased witches for advice. The spectres point them to an old church where they find their people and John gives chase to his man, they come to the forest where Constantine asks for the women’s help to distract the boy while he knocks him out.

In the church again Wonder Woman asks for Constantine’s quarry to remove the curse preventing him from sleeping but she only will if he tells her the nightmare, which he does reluctantly. As the two heroes part ways, John sits down to sleep but is plagued by nightmares of sitting on Santa’s lap.