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Based on the hit DC Collectibles product line! As World War II rages across Europe, the Bombshells battle new enemies showing up out of the woodwork... and a Bombshell we haven't seen since the Battle of Berlin shows up to help! The incredibly popular DC Collectibles line is brought to life in these stories that reimagine the course of history! From writer Marguerite Benne Based on the hit DC Collectibles product line! As World War II rages across Europe, the Bombshells battle new enemies showing up out of the woodwork... and a Bombshell we haven't seen since the Battle of Berlin shows up to help! 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. 5. Collects #26-29 and the DC COMICS: BOMBSHELLS ANNUAL #1.


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Based on the hit DC Collectibles product line! As World War II rages across Europe, the Bombshells battle new enemies showing up out of the woodwork... and a Bombshell we haven't seen since the Battle of Berlin shows up to help! The incredibly popular DC Collectibles line is brought to life in these stories that reimagine the course of history! From writer Marguerite Benne Based on the hit DC Collectibles product line! As World War II rages across Europe, the Bombshells battle new enemies showing up out of the woodwork... and a Bombshell we haven't seen since the Battle of Berlin shows up to help! 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. 5. Collects #26-29 and the DC COMICS: BOMBSHELLS ANNUAL #1.

30 review for DC Comics: Bombshells, Vol. 5: The Death of Illusion

  1. 5 out of 5

    Amanda (TheBookwormAdventures)

    Beautiful art, but still no coherent storyline. I think I’m done with this series.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Marie

    Everything about this series is wonderful. Harley's puns are life. The artwork is superb. If this was a movie, P!nk would be Power Girl. I love it.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kendra

    This was a weird one! But I love the Atlantis stuff, and Poison Ivy's garden, and I'm REALLY enjoying Kara's plot, especially her mom. Oh man and the songs. The songs were beautiful. Not sure about the vampiric coven? But I'm willing to watch!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Joana Veríssimo

    I read in issues/chapter format, but it's easier for me to rate it this way, so here it is... This one is AMAZING!!! They are all so good, but this one is my favorite, probably because of how many Pamela and Harley scenes exist - and Poison Ivy using her powers!!! Also really LOVE that it's placed in Leningrad - I feel like the USSR is often forgotten during the war, so I really liked seeing it :) I just LOVE when the story really takes place in war scenarios Again 100% recommend :D [Read for the 2 I read in issues/chapter format, but it's easier for me to rate it this way, so here it is... This one is AMAZING!!! They are all so good, but this one is my favorite, probably because of how many Pamela and Harley scenes exist - and Poison Ivy using her powers!!! Also really LOVE that it's placed in Leningrad - I feel like the USSR is often forgotten during the war, so I really liked seeing it :) I just LOVE when the story really takes place in war scenarios Again 100% recommend :D [Read for the 2017 BookTube-A-Thon, and with this one, I complete the challenge of reading 7 books :)]

  5. 5 out of 5

    Devann

    actual rating: 2.5 I was going to round this up but after thinking about it I think I've gotta round it down instead. I really like the idea behind this title but we're five volumes in now and there really should be some kind of connectivity or over-arching plot by this point but instead we're just randomly jumping around between like 15 different characters and not actually getting anywhere with all but maybe three or four of them. It seems like pretty much all the page time is taken up by Wonde actual rating: 2.5 I was going to round this up but after thinking about it I think I've gotta round it down instead. I really like the idea behind this title but we're five volumes in now and there really should be some kind of connectivity or over-arching plot by this point but instead we're just randomly jumping around between like 15 different characters and not actually getting anywhere with all but maybe three or four of them. It seems like pretty much all the page time is taken up by Wonder Woman and Supergirl [and her sister] with a few cameos by Batwoman and ...Aquawoman? Is that her name? Despite being on the cover, Harley and Ivy aren't in this issue at all and haven't been in any more than like two or three issues I think. Same with Zatanna and the team of "Bat Girls" from before. Also I don't get why they need to bring in Batgirl and two other women to form this universe's version of Suicide Squad when they have already introduced and then sidelined Harley and Ivy. Maybe this is a sign that they will be getting more page time soon? But I still don't get why they put Batgirl on that team instead of with the regular Bombshells. The art is still absolutely amazing, but the story is definitely dragging. I'll probably try a few more volumes just because I enjoyed it in the beginning and I WANT it to get good again, but it's not looking good at this point.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Stefanie

    This one upped the trash-ante by turning every passage into a song for no reason. And, seriously, name-dropping Hogwarts? And as for the actual plot, or what little there is of it, did we really need to add in four new main characters after all the others barely have enough screen time as it is? AND DID ONE OF THEM REALLY NEED TO BE BATGIRL WHEN WE ALREADY HAVE BATWOMAN AND A GAGGLE OF TEENAGE BATGIRLS?

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mary Bronson

    I thought this next volume of Bombshells was just as good as the rest. I am LOVING all of the characters and the development of each plus the plot of the story. I think the art style is amazing and I am having bittersweet feelings about getting to the last volume. I can not wait to finish it but then I also don't want this series to end.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Nikki

    I enjoyed this a lot better than the last two, and the art is amazing. The story isn't really as strong as I'd like it to be, just because there are so many characters, so the plot gets spread a bit thin.

  9. 5 out of 5

    quinnster

    This one had it's ups and downs for me. It dragged in some spots, but kept me glued to the pages in others. I think maybe the number of characters is almost a bit too much. There's too many things going on and it feels like we're never getting anywhere until they meet up.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea 🏳️‍🌈

    I enjoyed the introduction of Frankie Charles in this volume. I liked what they did with her story and how they brought her into the Bombshells. I actually enjoyed the take on Barbara Gordon, as well. Unfortunately, I wanted a lot more of Mari and Sheira and we get a glimpse of what they're doing. (on a really, really cool adventure in South America) and that's it. This was yet another volume that focused on Supergirl and the magic users. It's just not my cup of tea, unfortunately. The art also I enjoyed the introduction of Frankie Charles in this volume. I liked what they did with her story and how they brought her into the Bombshells. I actually enjoyed the take on Barbara Gordon, as well. Unfortunately, I wanted a lot more of Mari and Sheira and we get a glimpse of what they're doing. (on a really, really cool adventure in South America) and that's it. This was yet another volume that focused on Supergirl and the magic users. It's just not my cup of tea, unfortunately. The art also changed and it wasn't my favorite. I think I fell out of love with this series and that's a shame because the world could use more creative takes on the DC universe like this one. Unfortunately, I'm just not interested in what's going on with the characters this series chose to focus on.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    Each time I start one f these I feel so completely lost. Anyway, a lot went on that I was confused about but there were enough neat characters and things that I decided I still liked it.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jenny Clark

    This one picks up from volume 3, and introduces some new characters. I thought the plot in this volume better than the previous as well.

  13. 4 out of 5

    E

    Giving this one a higher rating due to Barbara Gourdan.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jacqueline O.

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Bombshells is DC Comics alternate history series set in World War II and starring a female superhero team. Volume 5 is much more coherent than the previous volume and starts with a song being sung by Captain Marvel, Miriam, aka Shazam. She catches the reader up on everything that has been happening with all the major players from the last volume and a few we haven't seen for a while, and she does it in song - or at least rhyme. This review really helps orient the reader. The novel then opens form Bombshells is DC Comics alternate history series set in World War II and starring a female superhero team. Volume 5 is much more coherent than the previous volume and starts with a song being sung by Captain Marvel, Miriam, aka Shazam. She catches the reader up on everything that has been happening with all the major players from the last volume and a few we haven't seen for a while, and she does it in song - or at least rhyme. This review really helps orient the reader. The novel then opens formally on Atlantis, with Ivy and Harley Quinn, and Raven, Zatanna, and Constantine. Ivy has been using her talents with plants to provide food for Miriam's refugees. She sees a headline about starvation in Leningrad, Russia, due in part to the Nazi's siege of the city and in part to the Russian Winter. Ivy decides she cannot let people starve when she can provide them food. She talks to Mera, explaining the seeds she leaves behind will provide food for the entire city of Atlantis. Ivy and Harley and a stowaway take Mera's gift of a flying manta ray named Fawkes and head for Russia. Meanwhile, John Constantine and Zatanna are trying to help Raven learn to control and use her magic. Raven, though, keeps having nightmares. She decides she must find her father, Trigon the Demon, last seen in Russia. Raven doesn't ask John or Zatanna for help or permission - she stows away on Fawkes. In Russia, Fawkes is attacked in the air, and Raven panics and cannot focus enough to use her magic. Ivy saves them from being destroyed. They meet a circus that is being attacked by magical forces, and Nazis. Ivy, Harley, and Raven join with the now freed circus people and animals to save Leningrad. Meanwhile, Kara (Supergirl) and Steve Trevor are on a train, traveling from Turkey to Russia. Kara is also hoping to find the little family she has left - her father, who, last she heard was in a Russian Gulag. On the train, they are attacked by Alexander Luthor, a Russian spy, and a German SS agent. But Supergirl somehow reverses time. Again, she is attacked but this time at least the train isn't destroyed killing all aboard. Supergirl is taken to the secret genetics lab run near Leningrad by Hugo Strange. Meanwhile, Lois Lane, Reaper (Andrea Gruenwald), and Killer Frost are heading to Russia by plane in hot pursuit of Hugo Strange. Killer Frost reveals she isn't as tame as she let everyone think, she's also considerably stronger than she let on, and she's determined to find and kill Strange. Frost crashes the plane, escaping on an ice trail. But Lois and Andrea are rescued by Ivy, Harley, and their circus. All of them, plus Dr. October, whom Ivy has run into, go off to both help the starving people of Leningrad, and to find out about Hugo Strange's new superweapon. Ivy is shocked by the conditions in Leningrad - she uses her affinity with plants to bring the people food. This costs her a lot of energy, but she will recover. Supergirl wakes up in a cage, being held by Hugo Strange. She resists, and he introduces her to his superweapon - Power Girl, a clone of Supergirl. Initially, Power Girl is Strange's stooge, a weapon more than a person. But Supergirl is able to win over her clone, and they both fight Strange after Power Girl rescues Steve Trevor. As they are about to just leave, Lois Lane arrives to rescue Kara. Kara, however, no longer needs rescuing. Lois mentions a third heat signature, and Power Girl leads them to Superman, another of Hugo Strange's genetic clones. They are attacked by Strange's genetic monsters but escape. The last story is a bit separate. Amanda Waller recruits Lt. Francine Charles out of West Point and sends her to Louisana to find Barbara Gourdon. Barbara was born in France in 1896, she fought in World War I as a flying ace but fell in love with the Flying Fox. She disappeared after his "death". Francine finds Killer Croc, Vampire Barbara, Enchantress, and Ravager. The other three women form a coven, but won't leave their swamp due to a prophecy. Francine reveals that the Flying Fox is still alive and also they are missing the last two important lines of the prophecy. The four join her and she takes them to Amanda Waller, who introduces them to the other Bombshells as her new "Suicide Squad" unit. I really enjoy Bombshells it's a great take on alternate views of a large number of great female characters in the DC Universe. Some of these characters, like Zatanna, are very much the same as the characters we know and love - others like Barbara Gordan (Gourdan) are very different, and some, like Miriam (Shazam) are gender-flipped (though there was at one point a Mary Marvel in the Marvel family). Volume 5 was much more coherent than volume 4, and using rhyming songs to open and close the story added something unique. There are also some flashbacks in the story, such as filling in Lois's background and the loss of her mother to Hugo Strange, but the flashbacks support the story and do not distract from it. This volume is highly recommended.

  15. 5 out of 5

    The Library Ladies

    (originally reviewed at thelibraryladies.com ) Ever since I discovered the “DC Bombshells” series, I’ve kind of been waiting for the other shoe to drop. Far too often do I find a comic series that I love, and inevitably have to have that moment of ‘oh, that was kind of lame’. It happens for most series and it’s by no means a bad thing! Sometimes there will be volumes that feel out of step with the others, and I’ve come to expect it and by no means hold it against the series as a whole. But for (originally reviewed at thelibraryladies.com ) Ever since I discovered the “DC Bombshells” series, I’ve kind of been waiting for the other shoe to drop. Far too often do I find a comic series that I love, and inevitably have to have that moment of ‘oh, that was kind of lame’. It happens for most series and it’s by no means a bad thing! Sometimes there will be volumes that feel out of step with the others, and I’ve come to expect it and by no means hold it against the series as a whole. But for five volumes running, “DC Bombshells” hasn’t lost it’s step or it’s groove, and now we are at “The Death of Illusion” and I am STILL thrilled with almost everything about it as a whole. We are now at the point where we can’t cover all of the characters in each volume, as there are too many and the cast is ever expanding. So while Batwoman, Wonder Woman, Renee Montoya, and the Gotham Batgirls sat this one out for the most part (more on that in a bit), we refocussed on a few familiar faces who had been away, some for a long time. Most importantly to me, we see the returns of Ivy and Harley, who are now an established lesbian power couple and leaving Atlantis to try and stop a famine in Russia, as Ivy plans to grow food for them. I already have to gush and geek out about this. I LOVE that in these stories, there is just as much creation as there is destruction. The women in this series are not only fighting to save the world, they are also trying to nurture the world back to life. It’s lovely and positive and a testament to the power of ladyfriends! With this plot line we get to see the less talked about ravages of war, specifically the starvation in Leningrad. We also get the return of Supergirl, which was both excellent and bittersweet. Kara is still very much in mourning over her sister Stargirl, and she and Steve Trevor find themselves in the clutches of Doctor Hugo Strange. Supergirl teams up with Lois Lane, who has her own reasons for wanting to take revenge on Strange, and they both have to face their pasts and those that they are mourning if they hope to defeat this madman who has violated them both in various ways. I liked that Kara’s trauma regarding Kortni dying is still very present, as it shows that she is very much human as well as Kryptonian. With war comes loss and with loss comes grief, and I love that Bennett is showing that these costs take great tolls, even on the strongest of us all. And along with this plotline comes the first of the two debuts that made me freak out. I don’t really want to spoil it here, because it was a gasp worthy reveal, but…… OKAY FINE, SUPERMAN IS HERE, GUYS!! SUPERMAN IS HERE!!! But worry not, because while he has made his debut, much like Arthur Curry he does not step on any toes while doing so. While I’m sure it’s tempting to make him the focus, as he is, after all, the iconic Superman, this is still very much more Kara’s story than his, and he is staying in his lane as of right now. Our universe expands again in this volume, as we go back to see Amanda Waller, who is one of the leaders of the Bombshells. She is tracking down a reclusive figure, a French woman who was a flying ace during WWI, but then disappeared into the swamps of Louisiana after her lover Luc vanished and was presumed dead. She hires Frankie Charles to go and find this strange woman. And who, is this strange woman? Guys. Batgirl has arrived. And not only is she here, but her storyline opens up a whole new set of possibilities involving her, Waller, Frankie, and The Suicide Squad. That’s right, WE ARE GETTING THE SUICIDE SQUAD!!!!!! I was admittedly hoping a bit for Secret Six (if Scandal Savage ended up in these pages I would absolutely DIE), but this is also excellent. So yes, the shoe has not dropped yet and “DC Bombshells (Vol.5): The Death Illusion” has only upped the stakes when it comes to this series. It’s flying so high, and while I’m still terrified that it’s going to come crashing down, it has yet to do so. It oozes positivity and girl power, and it continues to be one of the most empowering and fun comics out there.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Brandt

    In my recent review for Batwoman, Vol. 1: Hydrology I echoed my eternal complaint about any character associated with Batman--because Batman is one of the "holy trinity" of DC heroes (along with Superman and Wonder Woman) his very existence tends to overshadow those associated with it, especially the female members of the Bat-family. Unfortunately, the history of comics tends to make this a recurring theme. Would there be a Supergirl without a Superman? Captain Marvel is likely on its way to In my recent review for Batwoman, Vol. 1: Hydrology I echoed my eternal complaint about any character associated with Batman--because Batman is one of the "holy trinity" of DC heroes (along with Superman and Wonder Woman) his very existence tends to overshadow those associated with it, especially the female members of the Bat-family. Unfortunately, the history of comics tends to make this a recurring theme. Would there be a Supergirl without a Superman? Captain Marvel is likely on its way to becoming yet another successful franchise in the MCU, but in the comics, she was Ms. Marvel before assuming the mantle of her male predecessor under Kelly Sue Deconnick's watch (although to Marvel's credit, in the 1980s there was a Captain Marvel who was both a woman and a person of color and was one of the more powerful Avengers.) The one giant exception to this is Wonder Woman, who never had a male counterpart. But despite the outliers, the history of comics has often cast women heroes as second class citizens who couldn't even come up with their own superhero themes, instead piggybacking off the identities of male heroes. One of the things that is refreshing about Bombshells is that under Marguerite Bennett's guidance, the male heroes of the DC Universe take second stage in her re-imagining of the DC Universe in the World War II era. If you have read all five of the Bombshells volumes to this point, you may be amazed to realize just how many DC heroines (and villains) there are. Wonder Woman is obviously the giant here, but through five volumes Bennett has used her sparingly, likely to prevent her from overshadowing the rest of the cast. The issue I have with the Bat-family? Gone from Bombshells because Bennett has used semantics to eliminate the "Bat" element of Bruce Wayne's alter ego. While Bennett has held on to some elements of Batwoman (especially Kate Kane's personal life) she has recast Batwoman as a baseball player, eliminating the need for a Bat (the animal)-Man. In this volume, Bennett uses the bat (the animal) for her portrayal of Batgirl, but in this case Bennett relies on the historical use of the bat as an avatar for vampires. This leads to Bennett leveraging another DC super-team in her World War II version of the DC universe, and it's something that has probably been percolating since Volume One but I will leave it to readers to discover just what that is. As for the rest of the volume, it often feels like this collection is waiting for something bigger to happen that never does. The focus is on Supergirl and her analog Power Girl (who was the Earth-2 version of Supergirl before Crisis on Infinite Earths) and yes, Superman does make an appearance, but when you are done with The Death of Illusion you are expecting something big is brewing for a later volume. I have enjoyed Bombshells to this point, even if I am not as keen on this volume. But as a whole, this series has been a refreshing look at the DC universe to this point and I suggest you check it out.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    That's more like it. After volume 4 moved away to focus on Zambesi for a while, this volume gets back on track with Supergirl, Raven, Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn, Lois Lane, and Reaper all inadvertently finding themselves battling Hugo Strange once again. The theme of this one, as you can tell from the title, is the Death of Illusion, or coming to realisations about things you thought you understood, but didn't. It's not something I've seen explored much before, especially not with multiple charact That's more like it. After volume 4 moved away to focus on Zambesi for a while, this volume gets back on track with Supergirl, Raven, Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn, Lois Lane, and Reaper all inadvertently finding themselves battling Hugo Strange once again. The theme of this one, as you can tell from the title, is the Death of Illusion, or coming to realisations about things you thought you understood, but didn't. It's not something I've seen explored much before, especially not with multiple characters at once, but the juggling act that Bennett does with the characters is very impressive. The story begins focused on Raven, Poison Ivy, and Harley, and then becomes a Supergirl story right before the end, but the connective tissue is all there for a really solid arc. Also included is the first Bombshells annual, which details the story of the original Batgirl and the Suicide Squad in the swamps of Louisana as Frankie Charles goes to rescue them from themselves. There's a lot of fun to be hand with this one, from the clever word play to the musical recap, and the art from Elsa Charretier (of Unstoppable Wasp fame) is just perfect. The rest of the book bounces between Bombshells mainstays like Laura Braga and Mirko Andolfo, and there isn't a weak artist in sight. The last volume of Bombshells felt a little off, but this one course-corrects nicely.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kacey

    Yeah, it took me a while to get around to this. I didn't really want it to end. The ideas are so cool and creative and I like these women being fit into World War 2. I really wish there was more I could read because I feel like a lot of story is left untold or can be expanded even more. It was still good and I'd re-read this series because it was really enjoyable despite my lack of knowledge in DC characters. One complaint I have is with Harley Quinn in this volume. In one panel she referenced Ha Yeah, it took me a while to get around to this. I didn't really want it to end. The ideas are so cool and creative and I like these women being fit into World War 2. I really wish there was more I could read because I feel like a lot of story is left untold or can be expanded even more. It was still good and I'd re-read this series because it was really enjoyable despite my lack of knowledge in DC characters. One complaint I have is with Harley Quinn in this volume. In one panel she referenced Harry Potter and in another she was singing a song with a similar word scheme as Spider-man's theme. It was so bizarre and out of place, it felt fourth-wall breaking. Like, Harry Potter was published in the 90s and Spider-man is Marvel, so... how the hell? A lot of things felt unresolved as well. If this was supposed to be the end of the series, it didn't feel like it. And it was a little confusing having Barbara/Batgirl along with all the Batgirls in Gotham who were taking up the cowl in Kate's absence. It was cool that she was a vampire, but still confusing. Speaking as someone who has a limited knowledge of DC characters, I still found this series to be overall enjoyable. This last issue was a bit of a let-down in many ways and I wish there was a lot more, but it is what it is, I guess.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Drucilla

    This volume did come close to getting five stars. The storylines were great, the introduction of new characters was both cool and done seamlessly, and we get a lot of character growth (or at least as much as we can have when our focus is split between many different characters). The art is pretty solid throughout, except for the first issue which had some WTF moments in it. I didn't even realize the guy with Supergirl was Steve Trevor. And no, it wasn't a case of my inability to be able to tell This volume did come close to getting five stars. The storylines were great, the introduction of new characters was both cool and done seamlessly, and we get a lot of character growth (or at least as much as we can have when our focus is split between many different characters). The art is pretty solid throughout, except for the first issue which had some WTF moments in it. I didn't even realize the guy with Supergirl was Steve Trevor. And no, it wasn't a case of my inability to be able to tell white guys apart in comics. He just has no defining features and looked nothing like we'd seen before. There were other terrible moments too, but thankfully, it's just confined to that one issue. As I said before, this volume gives us many cool moments from the introduction of (view spoiler)[the Suicide Squad (hide spoiler)] to the allies of (view spoiler)[Power Girl and Superman (hide spoiler)] . I'm still confused as to what the heck Lex meant when he was talking to Supergirl. Is the comic trying to give them the classic Superman/Lex rivalry? Or was he talking about the aforementioned (view spoiler)[Power Girl/Superman. (hide spoiler)] The latter makes more sense but it's kind of confusing since Lex was also being a dick to Supergirl.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Samuelle

    True Rating : 4.5 Stars "'What would I have done?' ... What you do now is what you would have done then. Fight back the tide of darkness, by whatever means you yet possess." The Death of Illusion is the fifth volume in the DC Comics: Bombshells series, and mainly follows Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn, Raven, Supergirl and Lois Lane. We're also introduced to a new character I won't tell you about, because that'd be a bit of a spoiler. The series as a whole follows a group of heroines and anti-heroines a True Rating : 4.5 Stars "'What would I have done?' ... What you do now is what you would have done then. Fight back the tide of darkness, by whatever means you yet possess." The Death of Illusion is the fifth volume in the DC Comics: Bombshells series, and mainly follows Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn, Raven, Supergirl and Lois Lane. We're also introduced to a new character I won't tell you about, because that'd be a bit of a spoiler. The series as a whole follows a group of heroines and anti-heroines as they fight the nazis and other monsters during World War II. I loved the previous volume, but this one was even better in my opinion. Maybe because we got to see my favourite character, aka Poison Ivy, again, though I don't think that's all it is. The character development within this volume was omnipresent, and it was interesting to see how certain characters reacted to what was going on around them, especially Poison Ivy. Then again, maybe I'm biased because she's my favourite. Though it didn't feel like the plot moved forward a lot, it was still thoroughly interesting and fast-paced, with action that made me unable to put this book down. All in all, this was an amazing volume, and I can't recommend this series enough.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    I love this series (it's second only behind Monstress because, well, Monstress). After the detour in vol 4, we're back to a lot of the characters we saw and loved in vol 1. A little disappointed in the lack of Wonder Woman as well as Power Girl's completely unnecessary boob window. I don't have anything against skimpy superhero outfits, but it just seems odd that female artists would be totally cool with that. I dunno. However, the storyline ties everything up quite nicely. I loved the focus on K I love this series (it's second only behind Monstress because, well, Monstress). After the detour in vol 4, we're back to a lot of the characters we saw and loved in vol 1. A little disappointed in the lack of Wonder Woman as well as Power Girl's completely unnecessary boob window. I don't have anything against skimpy superhero outfits, but it just seems odd that female artists would be totally cool with that. I dunno. However, the storyline ties everything up quite nicely. I loved the focus on Kara. And this quote just made the entire book for me: "'I would have fought,' we think. 'Spoken. Marched. Resisted. Defended. I would not be one of those silent people in a silent world.' Every era has its defining moment. The moment where the clock ceases to tick--ceases to move forward. Where all lives come to rest upon the point of a second hand, close to midnight. 'What would I have done?' In the crises of your life and age and era . . . what you do now is what you would have done then. Fight back the tide of darkness, by whatever means you yet possess."

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ben

    I've been finding it harder and harder to get through volumes of Bombshells. The stories are so dense with seemingly unnecessary text, and they shift location and character so frequently, that I find it really difficult to know what is meant to be going on any more. I still love the queerness and range of characters, but by adding more to the mix each time it lacks a solid compelling narrative and instead feels like a proof of concept for an entirely queer female universe. This would be great, p I've been finding it harder and harder to get through volumes of Bombshells. The stories are so dense with seemingly unnecessary text, and they shift location and character so frequently, that I find it really difficult to know what is meant to be going on any more. I still love the queerness and range of characters, but by adding more to the mix each time it lacks a solid compelling narrative and instead feels like a proof of concept for an entirely queer female universe. This would be great, providing each character had room to breath and have their own story, but condensing everything together here just feels bloated, unfocused and confusing. I think there's only one volume left after this so I'll probably finish it out, especially as there have been some genuinely wonderful moments in previous volumes. That said, if it wasn't wrapping up, the exhaustion of reading the past two trades would have been too much for me to continue.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Craig Little

    A marked improvement on Volume 4 (though not quite enough to merit a fourth star), the final volume of DC Comics Bombshells before it transitions into DC Comics Bombshells United is perhaps notable for what it lacks: closure. The adventures here are far more tightly intertwined into the ongoing Bombshells narrative than were the side trips of volume 4. Once again, the universe itself is the star here with the DC Universe heroines reimagined as WW2 pin-ups who have transcended such an origin to bec A marked improvement on Volume 4 (though not quite enough to merit a fourth star), the final volume of DC Comics Bombshells before it transitions into DC Comics Bombshells United is perhaps notable for what it lacks: closure. The adventures here are far more tightly intertwined into the ongoing Bombshells narrative than were the side trips of volume 4. Once again, the universe itself is the star here with the DC Universe heroines reimagined as WW2 pin-ups who have transcended such an origin to become distinct characters. Supergirl's arc here stands out as the best in here. The oddity is the story of the Batgirl, which was originally a side story and appeared as an annual. It's a big change in style from the rest, but it's still a compelling story that sets up something that I definitely want to see developed in the next series.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Doc

    One thing I really enjoyed about this volume is the musical reminder of everything that has happened up till now (I believe this volume marks the beginning of the 3rd year of the comic) and although I can't really hear the music that is playing it is not hard to imagine a beat that matches like a WW2 propaganda song. This series continues to amuse me as it changes the origins and relations of certain characters as a primarily female cast set in World War II. There is so much going on as alliances One thing I really enjoyed about this volume is the musical reminder of everything that has happened up till now (I believe this volume marks the beginning of the 3rd year of the comic) and although I can't really hear the music that is playing it is not hard to imagine a beat that matches like a WW2 propaganda song. This series continues to amuse me as it changes the origins and relations of certain characters as a primarily female cast set in World War II. There is so much going on as alliances are broken, new alliances are formed, and the origin of the Bombshell version of the Suicide Squad is revealed. :) My favorite part of the book would have to be the origin of Superman. Curious? Time to read the book yourself. :)

  25. 5 out of 5

    Brandon

    This is a big improvement on the previous two volume and one of my favorites so far. The Bombshells featured in this book are all given something to do and the new characters that are introduced all delivered. Though the series has lost it's forties/WWII vibe in favor of a supernatural/alternate history vibe it still has a strong retro feel that I enjoy. The writing has improved also. It is more coherent and spends less time on the dime store philosophizing that hindered Vol. 3 and 4. The additi This is a big improvement on the previous two volume and one of my favorites so far. The Bombshells featured in this book are all given something to do and the new characters that are introduced all delivered. Though the series has lost it's forties/WWII vibe in favor of a supernatural/alternate history vibe it still has a strong retro feel that I enjoy. The writing has improved also. It is more coherent and spends less time on the dime store philosophizing that hindered Vol. 3 and 4. The addition of a totally reimagined Batgirl is also a plus. I almost gave up on this series but this book brought me back into the fold although the series is not what I expected and is less than it could be.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Luana

    Really enjoying this series (and kinda blowing through it at an irresponsible speed) but I definitely had the "writer's a lib" moment in this volume where Bennet invokes Harry Potter by naming a flying manta ray Fawkes, which is okay, but then Harley later says Raven should work her magic that she learned "from that place that's definitely not Hogwarts." Jesus Christ, Bennet, you already had a Harry Potter reference, did you absolutely have to put in a fourth wall breaking second one in there? I Really enjoying this series (and kinda blowing through it at an irresponsible speed) but I definitely had the "writer's a lib" moment in this volume where Bennet invokes Harry Potter by naming a flying manta ray Fawkes, which is okay, but then Harley later says Raven should work her magic that she learned "from that place that's definitely not Hogwarts." Jesus Christ, Bennet, you already had a Harry Potter reference, did you absolutely have to put in a fourth wall breaking second one in there? I hope that she's at least embarrassed of that since Rowling turned out to be terrible. Otherwise this series is absolutely lovely. I like "Pam-A-Lamb," both the term of endearment and the character. Making Supergirl and Lois a couple? Hell yeah, that's that gay subversion we down for.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Actual rating: 3.5 stars I'm honestly not too sure what to write about this series. It has a lot of things I like (all the main characters are ladies! and so many of them are queer! and POC! yay diversity!) but I also find the plot kind of... messy. It's really all over the place (quite literally - there are so many characters and the action takes place all over the globe) and it feels over-saturated. I can appreciate that Bennett is trying to give as many characters as possible some screen-time, Actual rating: 3.5 stars I'm honestly not too sure what to write about this series. It has a lot of things I like (all the main characters are ladies! and so many of them are queer! and POC! yay diversity!) but I also find the plot kind of... messy. It's really all over the place (quite literally - there are so many characters and the action takes place all over the globe) and it feels over-saturated. I can appreciate that Bennett is trying to give as many characters as possible some screen-time, but there is just so. much. happening. at once. I wish that there were fewer plot threads that were done really well than a dozen of them done mediocrely. However, despite my somewhat apathetic feelings towards this series I will continue to read it because I love ladies in comics.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jenna

    And the oddness continues...as a traveling Russian circus is attacked by supernatural creatures who suddenly switch sides? Or maybe there were cyclopses in the circus. I have no idea anymore what’s happening. There was about one nice Pamela/Harley scene but it seems that they introduce at least two new characters each volume and I just can’t keep track of them all. Let alone when the narration is done through song. Twice. Doubt I’ll continue this series.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Shelley

    The finale of the first Bombshells series, plus the origin of the Suicide Squad, led by Babs Gordon in the late years of World War I. The art was, as always, a joy, and the characters shown completely fabulous. I loved Poison Ivy using her powers in Leningrad, and I love her and Harley. Superman was also really cool. The plot tends to lose me in this series, more often than not, but I continue to love the world that Marguerite Bennett has created.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ally

    This series frustrates me a bit. I feel at times there are too many characters. I missed seeing Wonder Woman and Batwoman in this issue as I feel I am in the minority who enjoys their stories more than the Raven storyline. I also felt I wasn’t necessary to introduce Batgirl and the Suicide Squad so late into the run as there are too many storylines already. Will be intrigued to see what the last volume includes.

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