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Harlequin Valentine is a bloody and romantic graphic novel based on the old Commedia dell'arte and Harlequinade pantomime. It was written by Neil Gaiman based on a short story of his, drawn by John Bolton, and published by Dark Horse Books in 2001.
The story takes place on February 14 with the harlequin giving Missy his heart, literally, by nailing it to her door. The story follows the unflappable Missy as she tries to discover who gave her this gift, and what she does with it. The merry harlequin follows her the whole time, wondering what this Columbine, as he calls his various loves whom he has given his heart to, will do with it. True to his classic trickster ways, in the same vein as Puck, he's constantly meddling with other people's lives and causing mischief as he goes, which often get blamed on Pierrot.
The story includes many of the classic characters from the Harlequinade in modern forms. Most obviously is Harlequin and his sought-after love Columbine, who is named Missy in this modern version. Pierrot, the third person in the love triangle, also exists here in full.
The artwork is a mixture of digitally enhanced photographs overlaid with painting. This serves the story very well as the fantastic Harlequin follows and interacts with the sensible Missy in her normal world. The backgrounds are made very drab, compared to the colorful characters which almost vibrate on top of them.
See also: Gaiman's The Tragical Comedy or Comical Tragedy of Mr. Punch , another old pantomime rewritten for modern times.
- A Rare Gift: Harlequin Valentine by Neil Gaiman and John Bolton - review by Erin Donahoe
- Harlequin Valentine - review by Mary Harvey
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