The DC Comics Bombshells franchise began as a line of statues that re-imagined popular female characters in historical context. Artist Ant Lucia used period fashion from the World War II era to create a line of retro heroines that were part pinup girl, all badass.
The initial four designs were later expanded to nine, then twelve. The continued popularity of the statues prompted even more designs.The DC Comics Bombshells ongoing series was born when writer Marguerite Bennett was given the green light to build a narrative out of the retro heroine line.
“We were able to retro-engineer this complete environment that lets them showcase their powers that lets them have good relationships and friendships that they wouldn’t have been able to explore in another sphere…Going down to the smallest details that [Ant Lucia] puts into the statues and creating whole backstories for items.”
It’s a face-off between Wonder Woman and Cheetah!
DC Comics Bombshells #23 picks up on the Isle of Cocytus. It’s the aftermath of the Battle of Britain. Wonder Woman and Supergirl are there together to mourn the loss of Stargirl. “To live, to die, to grieve, to hurt, to heal…this is to be human.”
Except neither woman IS human. One from the stars and one from the soil, they must come to terms with human emotions.
They each must learn to grieve. Grief validates that Stargirl was real and that she mattered. They need to sort it out, and quickly. Wonder Woman is needed in Zambesi. Lex Luthor makes a cameo (in the invisible jet) to inform Wonder Woman her friend Queen Mari is in danger of losing her kingdom.
The script balances action and character development very well. There’s a heel turn and an apparent face turn–all while coming to terms with the loss of a comrade. And this happens in the midst of an epic battle. Despite having three different hands on pencils, the artwork flows seamlessly from first page to last.
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DC Comics Bombshells #23, DC Comics, Released March 1, 2017, Written by Marguerite Bennett, Art by Matias Bergara, Laura Braga and Mirka Andolfo, Color by J. Nanjan, Letters by Wes Abbott, Cover by Marguerite Sauvage, $3.99