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Bombshells United #18 Review

by Olivier Roth on May 16, 2018

Writer: Marguerite Bennett

Artist: David Hahn

Colorist: J. Nanjan

Letterer: Wes Abbott

Published by: DC Comics

 

The Bombshells universe, in this iteration at least, is soon coming to an end and Marguerite Bennett is setting up the final pieces for our heroine's last issue in two weeks. After a disappointing first chapter in this final trilogy, I’m happy to say that this middle issue is much better. How can that be? It’s actually pretty easy to explain: more concise storytelling and better concentration on the actual stories that Bennett wants to tell.

 

The issue begins with Amanda Waller flying over Japan, which has been overrun by Black Lanterns, and readying to drop, what appears to be, an atomic bomb (mirroring real life events from World War II). However, this course of action is actually thwarted by Katana whom then, I think, proceeds to save the actual people on the ground, somehow.

 

The story then moves along a quick pace to transition to the confrontation between Joker, who in this world is the embodiment of Chaos, as Batgirl, Harley and Poison Ivy confront him. I can appreciate how Bennett tries to incorporate some of the past dealings between these three characters in this standoff (from the regular DC Universe). The confrontation itself is a little simplistic, but it does get the point across.

 

The final section of this issue deals with the Luthors as Lex confronts his sister Lena in outer space while the Super family does, something. With all these pieces in play, now we just have to wait to see what Bennett has in store in the final issue.

 

On art, Hahn does a pretty good job with the material he is given this month and everything looks good throughout. It’s a marked improvement from last issue, but it still suffers from some flat colors at times, but not throughout.

 

At the end of the day, this issue ameliorates on the previous one in every aspect, but still suffers from a lot of showing without explaining. Many times throughout the issue I was left wondering what exactly was going on (I’m looking at you Super Family flying around the Earth with zero explanation).

Our Score:

6/10

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