DC Comics: Bombshells Vol. 6: War Storiesby Marguerite Bennett, Aneke, Richard Ortiz, Carmen Carnero, Laura Braga, Mirka Andolfo, Sandy Jarrell Published 03 Apr 2018
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The ultra-popular statues from DC Collectibles come to life in their own ongoing hit comic book series, now in its sixth and final installment!
The Bombshells face their final battle as a supernatural Nazi invasion begins! On top of that, Hugo Strange unleashes his failed lab experiments on Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy's circus and Lois Lane has her chance to avenge her family on the villain -- will she take the shot? Amid the chaos, discover Lex Luthor's true colors as he reveals which side he's really on, and what that means for the future of the Bombshells!
The incredibly popular DC Collectibles line is brought to life in these stories that reimagine the course of history! From writer Marguerite Bennett (BATGIRL, EARTH 2: WORLD'S END) and featuring artists including Marguerite Sauvage (HINTERKIND), Laura Braga (Witchblade) and Mirka Andolfo (Chaos) comes DC COMICS: BOMBSHELLS VOL. 6. Collects DC COMICS: BOMBSHELLS #25 and #30-33.
"DC Comics: Bombshells Vol. 6: War Stories" Reviews
Either I keep forgetting who all the characters are or we're getting to characters I don't know, and their reveals aren't as dramatic to me as the narrative wants them to be.
World War II comes to an (early) conclusion in this final volume of Bombshells as Killer Frost, Hugo Strange, and a surprise appearance by another villain all play their last cards in the war to end all wars.
But first, we get a missing issue from earlier in the run as the Suicide Squad infiltrate a submarine to rescue a familiar face. This incarnation of the Squad are an eclectic bunch, and it's always nice to see them.
Then we get back to the main story. After the big conclusion a few volumes ago, we've slowly been building back towards another one. This one however is much more personal, with a lot more riding on the success of the good guys, especially for Raven and Supergirl. It's masterful storytelling with a lot of moving parts all coming together for a very satisfying (and actually quite hopeful) conclusion that even now manages to get some more Bombshell-verse characters in that we haven't seen before.
The Bombshells art team continues to impress as well, with chapters from Mirka Andolfo, Laura Braga, and Sandy Jarrell, with some help from Carmen Carnero and Aneke (who takes the entirety of the Suicide Squad story).
Bombshells comes to an end, but all is not lost; every ending is a beginning, and the Bombshells are just getting started.
This is apparently the last volume of the series (though it does pick up in a sequel series) and it's the first one that comes close to a three star rating. The art is still fantastic and I still love the Bombshells, but there's just so much happening in this volume. Though it does do a good job of reminding the reader what's going on, I was still a tiny bit lost. And because this is the last volume, all the story lines are tied up, causing it to feel overstuffed. But if you're a fan of the series, you'll enjoy War Stories.
As the first major arc/series of DC BOMBSHELLS comes to an end, I feel so very thankful that DC decided to print this series in the first place. I also feel bitter as hell that the second series, DC BOMBSHELLS UNITED, was cancelled, therein ending the world altogether. So going into this collection was bittersweet. It doesn't totally wrap up everything from the series, as the stories following Wonder Woman, Batwoman, The Batgirls, and Mera seem to have been put off until the next arc, but it did wrap up most of the issues in Europe, leaving the next arc to the homefront (and the ills that the American Government was perpetrating on some of it's own citizens....).
In spite of the glaring omissions of some of the major ladies on the team, WAR STORIES did a great job of wrapping up the battles in Europe, all culminating in Leningrad. But we did have a couple of side stories first. We finally, FINALLY, got to see the Suicide Squad in action, and also got to see other characters from Batgirl's BURNSIDE arc (like Qadir and Nadimah!). These were fun little off shoots from the darker and grimmer storyline that needed to be wrapped up, and a moment to breathe. The Leningrad story line brought out some sacrifice and sadness that was expected, but it also brought in some other characters that I was very happy to see (SWAMP THING!!!). I think that because we were missing so many girls this time around it didn't feel as strong, but overall it was a strong end to this part of the series.
I'm looking forward to BOMBSHELLS UNITED and have it requested from the library. But knowing it's going to end sooner than I'd like, I'm feeling sad about entering that phase of the Bombshells as well as excited.
Liked the series. Not sure what will come next but hope to see more.
This was a series I desperately wanted to love, and overall I enjoyed it, but there were times when the writing and the art just weren't up to the task. I was on board for a reimagining of the DCU, where the men who would be heroes were off at war, and that left the women at home to pick up the slack in the realm of crime-fighting.
Unfortunately, the final product felt a bit unfulfilled. None of the heroines really get enough time in the spotlight to be distinguished as anything but a 1940s version of themselves, plus a deliberately dolled-up boudoir style. The exception might be the Bat Girls. In addition, the story is one about occult Nazis and taking the fight to the fascists—entertaining and exhilarating, but there's no time for significant character development. The arcs that actually happen, like Raven's emotional journey and Lois Lane dealing with her grief after fighting in Spain, get lost in the noise.
It got a lot of stuff right, though. None of the titular Bombshells have to compromise on their heroism, and despite the preponderance of male characters, the only threat to their time in the spotlight is each other—Steve Trevor, John Constantine, and Lex Luthor stay in their secondary roles where they belong. Lois Lane as a freedom-fighter-turned-war-journalist works on so many levels. Above all, Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy steal just about every page they're on, and I think this series contains their first on-page kiss? I'm not sure, and I'm not going to risk looking up "Harley and Ivy kissing" at work. In any case, good on you, DC.
This last volume gets four stars, since it brings almost everything to a satisfying (if unmemorable) close. If you really like DC heroines, this is the book for you. Otherwise, pick it up from the library. Myself, I'll be giving the next series a pass.