This new DCC Designer Series is a fantastic tribute to the late Darwyn Cooke. His style is a wonderfully classic blend of Alex Toth and Chester Gould and it was the perfect thing to usher me back into comics in the early 2000s (after the eXtreme 90s had driven me away in disgust). Despite having a distinctly retro style, his 2001 revamp of Catwoman was a surprisingly modern and refreshing change. Although I only ever saw Darwyn Cooke's version of Harley Quinn on a couple random comic covers, I really love this figure and I'm so glad it was included in this line. DC Collectibles' Designer Series has almost limitless potential. The Greg Capullo, Jae Lee, and now Darwyn Cooke series have absolutely thrilled me. And the upcoming Ant Lucia and Lee Bermejo will keep the momentum going. The only one that let me down was the Terry Dodson line (but I'm certain there will be a second Dodson wave eventually). But in the meantime we have many more Darwyn figures on the way. Let's check out Harley below!
I love this figure! Her skin is so white and her reds are so bold that she was blinding the light sensors on my camera. Sorry if she looks like she's glowing.
I only have two problems with this figure. My store got about 6 Harleys in so I was luckily able to choose the best one for me, but they all suffered from some weird paint bleeding. Mine has an orange-y smudge on her midriff. I thought it would come off with a magic eraser, but it didn't. Some had more noticable smudges on the thighs or face, so this was still the best choice for me.
My second issue with this figure is that she can't hold her mallet in two hands. I would have expected the "open palm" hand to act as a rest for an intimidating double-hand pose, but the articulation doesn't let the hands line up that way. Also, her gripping hand isn't tight enough to give a solid grip on the handle, so it falls out of her grasp all the time. I always suggest holding onto any clear rubber bands you remove from action figure packaging (like with MOTUC figures) because you can wrap them around a hand to secure a weapon in place and it's barely noticeable.
Time for some Comparison Pics!
Here is Harley with the other Series One lady, Supergirl.
And here she is with the New52 Super-Villains Roller Harley.