Harley Quinn artist Riley Rossmo reveals unused costume design concepts for his and writer Stephanie Phillips’ run on the title.
When DC Comics relaunched Harley Quinn earlier this year with writer Stephanie Phillips and artist Riley Rossmo at the helm, the former Clown Princess of Crime debuted an all-new look, which borrows elements from a number of her previous incarnations. Rossmo has now shared several Harley redesign concepts for the title that ultimately did not make the final cut.
To celebrate the release of Harley Quinn #5, the artist shared Harley’s unused costume concepts in a post to Twitter. In addition to Phillips, Rossmo tagged Harley Quinn inker Jay Leisten, colorist Ivan Plascencia and letterer Deron Bennett. The concept art paints a picture of how Rossmo experimented with different outfits, hairstyles, makeup and weapons for Harley.
Phillips wrote the two-part limited series Future State: Harley Quinn, which launched this past January as part of DC’s Future State event. In March, the publisher then relaunched its mainline Harley Quinn series with a new issue #1. Phillips returned to write the series, with Rossmo joining her on the project as artist.
Per the full synopsis for Harley Quinn #5,
Did I miss something, or is there another new creep in a funny costume tryin’ to take over Gotham? Villains in this city are like that multiheaded hydra monster: blow a few up in Arkham Asylum, and 50 more pop up in ridiculous costumes thinkin’ they’re worthy of one of those fancy character variant covers. And here I thought bustin’ outta Hugo Strange’s new headquarters and savin’ the clowns was gonna be my biggest problem today.
Written by Stephanie Phillips and illustrated by Riley Rossmo, Harley Quinn #5 is available now from DC Comics. Issue #6 goes on sale Aug. 24.
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