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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 fami 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.


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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 fami 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.

30 review for DC Comics: Bombshells, Vol. 6: War Stories

  1. 5 out of 5

    Devann

    Unfortunately I think is the point where I'm going to have to drop this series. I really love the idea of it and it started fairly strong, but with each volume I like it less and become more impatient and confused. It's a fun girl power series, but it never focuses on the characters I'm actually interested in and it's easy to forget what is going on with some of them when we don't see them for 5 or 6 issues. The Good -amazing art -cool character designs -lots of awesome ladies -lots of awesome BI/LE Unfortunately I think is the point where I'm going to have to drop this series. I really love the idea of it and it started fairly strong, but with each volume I like it less and become more impatient and confused. It's a fun girl power series, but it never focuses on the characters I'm actually interested in and it's easy to forget what is going on with some of them when we don't see them for 5 or 6 issues. The Good -amazing art -cool character designs -lots of awesome ladies -lots of awesome BI/LESBIAN LADIES! -punching Nazis The Bad -waaay too many characters -many of whom i don't actually know anything about -incredibly disjointed plot lines -volumes that don't actually tell a complete story -volumes that contain random issues out of order -only really focus on about 4 characters out of 20 or so -these are probably the 4 characters I am LEAST interested in #sorrynotsorry -literally the 2nd volume in a row to have Harley and Ivy on the cover but not feature them at all in the book It probably sounds like I'm being a bit nit-picky, but at this point I feel like I gave the series a fair chance and considering that they just introduced two more random characters in this volume I think I'm gonna have to let it go.

  2. 5 out of 5

    The Library Ladies

    (originally reviewed at thelibraryladies.com ) I didn’t realize it when I reviewed our previous “DC Bombshells” Collection that “War Stories” was the last in the first large series within this alternate historical universe starring the awesome ladies of DC. I also didn’t realize that the second series, “DC Bombshells: United” was cancelled about a year into it’s run. Trust me, if I had known these things when we last visited this series, I would have gone on a long rant. In fact I’m pretty sure (originally reviewed at thelibraryladies.com ) I didn’t realize it when I reviewed our previous “DC Bombshells” Collection that “War Stories” was the last in the first large series within this alternate historical universe starring the awesome ladies of DC. I also didn’t realize that the second series, “DC Bombshells: United” was cancelled about a year into it’s run. Trust me, if I had known these things when we last visited this series, I would have gone on a long rant. In fact I’m pretty sure that I will be ranting before this review is through. But for now I’m going to try and focus on the big finale and pretty solid wrap up that was “DC Bombshells: War Stories”. Let’s see how long it takes me before I start going off. I’ll try to keep my cool. When we left off, Ivy and Harley were in Russia helping civilians out, Raven had stowed away with them to try and find her father, Zatanna and Constantine were trying to find her, and Kara and Lois Lane had tracked down Hugo Strange and found that he’d used some of Kara’s DNA to make a clone of her, whom he called Power Girl. Also there was another captive they rescued, named Superman. And The Suicide Squad showed up, led by Batgirl and including Frankie, Killer Croc, Enchantress, and Ravager. So in this volume, all of these stories come to a head. Sadly, this means that Wonder Woman, Batwoman, The Batgirls, and Mera are all absent from this final volume in this large arc/first series, and to me that didn’t sit right. I know that all of them are going to have more to do in “DC Bombshells United” as the focus turns to the home front and the ills the American Government commits against it’s own citizenry, but this was a significant end and shift, and I think they should have shown up in some capacity. But the stories here as they are are all pretty satisfactory in spite of this glaring absences. I especially enjoyed the Suicide Squad mission, which took our team into a German Sub in hopes of finding Luc, Batgirl’s long lost paramour. I liked this storyline because while it continued the themes of Nazi occultism and mystic plotting, we got to see Edward Nygma and a few Lovecraftian-esque threats. Plus, this Suicide Squad is pretty excellent, all of them with a 1940s flair, which means that in my mind Killer Croc has a Mid-Atlantic accent and that just tickles me. Along with this already bonus storyline we get another one involving some of the Batgirl of Burnside characters, mainly Frankie, Qadir, and Nadimah dabbling in some magical mischief. It was a one off and didn’t really add much to the overall plot, but it was still enjoyable and fun to see more characters appear in this alternate timeline. The climax of this series, however, comes with the Battle of Leningrad, as the Bombshells have to come together to not only fight Hugo Strange, Killer Frost, and the Nazis, but to try and save Leningrad and the people there. I liked seeing all of the ladies come together in one place, and I felt like they all got some decent moments to shine within this final battle. That said, it wouldn’t be a pivotal battle of a series if there wasn’t some sadness and sacrifice, and while it never reaches levels of Stargirl loss here, there are definitely repercussions and moments of sadness for some of our characters, which all were executed with deft emotion and feeling. What I love about this series is that it shows that sadness and pain are not weaknesses in our characters,, and it’s refreshing to see that some characters do get lost in their emotions, both in good ways and in bad ways. But even when it’s in bad ways you never get the sense that these emotions are bad to have, just that they need to be used in less destructive ways. Its a theme we see a lot in these stories and it makes me wonder if a comic that was starring the males of DC would be so bold as to take that stance. I think I know the answer to that, sadly. And finally, there is a whole new threat that comes from the Russian side and brings more storyline to Kara and her origins: Faora Hu-El from Krypton has arrived once more (seen previously WAAAAAY back when Supergirl and Stargirl were being used as Russian Propaganda), and boy has she brought some serious baggage to our finale. And since I want to discuss it here, this is our SPOILER ALERT moment that almost always pops up in this series. One of the things that “DC Bombshells” has done is made this universe and it’s characters and storylines very female centric, and that has altered some backstories here and there. The biggest alterations to date are pretty Kryptonian centric. Not only is Superman a clone of unknown origins created in Strange’s lab (as far as well know at this juncture), Kara’s own origin story is shaken up with the arrival of Faora, who tells her that she is a perfect being created by Faora, Alura, and Lara. It’s pretty neat and ballsy to reveal within this final battle that Supergirl, the last true Kryptonian (given Superman’s new origin) and most powerful being in the story, is the product of three women and Kryptonian science. I have this image of ‘well actually’ toxic nerdboys pitching a HUGE fit about this. But that’s what “DC Bombshells” has always been about: it’s about women at the forefront, women supporting and loving and fighting women, and women as the main components of a story, with guys playing the traditional roles that women have played in comics for years. Frankly, it’s genius. Which is ALL THE MORE REASON THAT IT SUCKS THAT DC HAS PULLED THE PLUG. Representation in comics is so important because representation in all types of media is important. With women being in the lead, women of all races, religions, and sexual orientations, “DC Bombshells” has been one of the best comic series DC has when it comes to representation (especially since apparently “Batwoman” is ALSO getting axed! Sure, I wasn’t a fan, but BATWOMAN IS IMPORTANT)! DC is still going to toss a whole lot of bank into it’s middling AT BEST movies (“Woman Woman” not included, and holy SHIT is THAT ironic given the context of this rant) and keep rebooting Batman and Superman over and over AND bastardize Alan Moore’s “Watchmen” universe for funsies, but it can’t throw a bone to a series where women are at the forefront and aren’t sexualized and objectified through a male-only gaze? IT’S UNACCEPTABLE!!!! Well, regardless, this first arc of “DC Bombshells” comes to a solid close in “War Stories”, and while I know that “Bombshells United” isn’t as long, I’m going to really, REALLY savor it as I make my way through. These DC women continue to create a better world filled with compassion and justice, and I know that even though it’s ending that won’t change the importance of this series as a whole. Oh, and is Black Canary going to show up in this next series? Asking for a friend.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten*

    The final issue/chapter in this volume really felt out of sync with the rest of the book and threw me. Normally I don't have a problem with the artwork being different, but that section just felt really clunky art-wise compared to everything else. (Yes, I understand different artists have different styles.) But when you're putting things together as a full volume, as this is, wouldn't you aim for a little more similarity? idk.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Eehh, I like that this series has tried to widen its scope (geographically), but as a result, it feels disjointed and unwieldy. I have the first volume of Bombshells: United checked out, so I'll give it a shot, but if it doesn't hold up I'm going to have to let go of this series. :( Very sad, because I love the concept and I love how lady-centric it is, but I'm not enjoying it very much anymore.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Shannan

    I keep reading the Bombshells series, hoping I'll like it more. It's not bad...it's just not great either. The storyline is constantly jumping and expanding to the point that it's hard to keep up, and characters are introduced and thrown in all over the place. It's fun for a little while but gets exhausting. I honestly keep reading for Harley's parts.

  6. 5 out of 5

    James Taber

    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 versi 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.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    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 ag 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.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jess

    What I am finding hard about following this series in trades is that so much time elapses between release of volumes, that I don't always remember exactly what is going on. Since the cast of this series is so big and sprawling, this is a bit of a problem. That said, Zatanna/Constantine's family is still great, and I am here for it if we're getting Lois Lane/Kara? I hope we're getting that. I guess I will find out in another six months!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mary Bronson

    I completely LOVE this graphic novel series. I love all of the characters of this series and I loved how these characters developed and the girl power was amazing. I loved the art style of the comics. I loved how this series ended. Harley Quinn, Wonder Woman, Poison Ivy were some of the my favorites.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Alana

    Enjoyable as always. Can’t wait to start Bombshells United now :)

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mars

    I need a movie on this series asap. Someone make this HAPPEN.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Bree

    This volume just had far too much going on and was incredibly disjointed. I feel I’d enjoy this series better if the trade paperbacks were collected by characters rather than release date as I feel that would have improved my reading comprehension of the many many MANY characters and storylines. This series has simply introduced too many arcs to be read in a strict chronological order and feels all over the place. And I don’t know WHAT was going on in the art of the last volume but it was horrib This volume just had far too much going on and was incredibly disjointed. I feel I’d enjoy this series better if the trade paperbacks were collected by characters rather than release date as I feel that would have improved my reading comprehension of the many many MANY characters and storylines. This series has simply introduced too many arcs to be read in a strict chronological order and feels all over the place. And I don’t know WHAT was going on in the art of the last volume but it was horrible!!! A disappointing end that has really put me off picking up Bombshells: United :(

  13. 5 out of 5

    Cande

    I love this series, LOVE IT. It's so queer, full of amazing superheroines and anti-heroines. There are discussions about humanity, hope, and goodness and calls out of white supremacy, antisemitism, racism, misogyny, and xenophobia. The world is pretty queer friendly. Perfect? No, but although it is so full of hate and bigotry (from the villains), the hope and love and friendship is so heartwarming. I always ended up smiling with these characters. Bombshells is seriously everything I need; women I love this series, LOVE IT. It's so queer, full of amazing superheroines and anti-heroines. There are discussions about humanity, hope, and goodness and calls out of white supremacy, antisemitism, racism, misogyny, and xenophobia. The world is pretty queer friendly. Perfect? No, but although it is so full of hate and bigotry (from the villains), the hope and love and friendship is so heartwarming. I always ended up smiling with these characters. Bombshells is seriously everything I need; women punching nazis and kissing other women. "One does not have to be exceptional to deserve to live."

  14. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Butcher

    I like the concept, but it might be getting a bit tired. Final issue is clearly a march to finish the series as it includes multiple artists including a cartoony style that doesn't fit the issues beforehand...or the other artists in the same issue.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jacqueline O.

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The final volume in the Bombshells series, volume 6 War Stories brings the series to a satisfactory conclusion, although there will be a sequel series called, Bombshells United. This volume largely takes place during the Seige of Leningrad, though their are different areas of the battle. There are also a few flashbacks that largely work. However, the first story in Volume 6 is largely unconnected. The Suicide Squad (Barbara Gordoun, Ravager, Enchantress, Killer Croc, and Lt. Frankie Charles) snea The final volume in the Bombshells series, volume 6 War Stories brings the series to a satisfactory conclusion, although there will be a sequel series called, Bombshells United. This volume largely takes place during the Seige of Leningrad, though their are different areas of the battle. There are also a few flashbacks that largely work. However, the first story in Volume 6 is largely unconnected. The Suicide Squad (Barbara Gordoun, Ravager, Enchantress, Killer Croc, and Lt. Frankie Charles) sneak aboard a German U-boat commanded by Edward Nygma. They've come to rescue Luc Fuchs, an engineer and close friend of Barbara's. They discover the sub is a ship of tribute to the King Beneath the Black. The Suicide Squad rescues the engineer, foils Nygma's plot, and escapes. A flashback introduces Faora Hu-Ul, a Kryptonian, who is the real power behind Joker's Daughter, the Baroness, Killer Frost, and Hugo Strange. She was hidden in an Egyptian tomb explored by Lt. Charles. Charles hears the warning about Faora, and it is instrumental in her joining the Suicide Squad under Amanda Waller. But the introduction of Faora Hu-Ul, and the adventure with Nygma are mere prologue - the rest of the book is the final conflict between good and evil during the Seige of Leningrad. This includes magical conflicts. Zatanna and John Constantine are looking for Raven. Raven is looking for her father, Trigon. Supergirl hopes to see her adoptive parents again. The theme of parents, children, and family is strong. When Raven finds Trigon and confronts him, she is angry that he never took responsibility for the harm he did. Raven is also upset he joined the Nazis. But when Trigon is killed - Raven loses control of her magic. With help from Zatanna and John, she learns to control it. Constantine meets Abigel Kholland who is leading Russia's magical creatures that escaped the Nazis, including Swamp Thing. Reaper finds Hugo Strange and kills him because he murdered her family but she is then killed in turn by Killer Frost. Killer Frost is then captured by Lois Lane. Faora tells Kara (Supergirl) about Krypton and tries to recruit her in her plan to create a Kryptonian Empire on Earth. Supergirl refuses because she's shocked that Faora destroyed Krypton. Kara feels it is better to work within the system to improve and fix it, rather than to destroy everything. As Raven rejected Trigon, Kara rejects Foara. She even uses Kryptonite to capture Faora, who had become Doomsday, inside Swamp Thing. Kara is also reunited with her foster parents and her sister, Stargirl's biological father. The reunion doesn't last, because they sacrifice themselves in the spell to bind Faora. I really enjoyed the Bombshells series. Volume 6 War Stories rushes to a conclusion but it is still a good read. I felt including a Kryptonian who turns into Doomsday using magic and Raven's blood was unnecessary. But, on the other hand, Joker's Daughter and the Baroness had already been defeated. Killer Frost is defeated in this volume, but not before doing a lot of damage. There are also some great panels in this volume (I loved seeing John transform himself into a hare again.) And the art is stunning. And I loved seeing both Supergirl and Raven confront their evil parental figures, rather than just agreeing with them out of hand. However, this volume could have used more character development (there's some - but it's mostly a series of battles, including magical ones.) I recommend the series and this volume in particular.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Brandt

    I have made no secret of the fact that when reading comics that feature female heroes, I often feel most satisfied in the telling when the superheroines stand on their own merits. Recent reading suggests that this is probably best executed in G. Willow Wilson's Ms. Marvel and also in the J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman Batwoman (until Williams and Blackman abruptly left the book over differences with DC editorial.) Six volumes through Marguerite Bennett's DC Comics: Bombshells and to I have made no secret of the fact that when reading comics that feature female heroes, I often feel most satisfied in the telling when the superheroines stand on their own merits. Recent reading suggests that this is probably best executed in G. Willow Wilson's Ms. Marvel and also in the J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman Batwoman (until Williams and Blackman abruptly left the book over differences with DC editorial.) Six volumes through Marguerite Bennett's DC Comics: Bombshells and to this point, this book has epitomized what I would like to see from superheroine book--the heroes stand on their own without the male DC heroes overshadowing them. As a matter of fact, in this volume and the previous volume, Bennett has somehow managed to make Superman second fiddle to Supergirl and it's as brilliant as it possibly could be in a book like this. I think that if I have one complaint about DC Comics: Bombshells in general as it ends (to be replaced by Bombshells United) is the reasons that Bennett has such freedom to create a world where the female heroes are the focus of the storytelling. The series is obviously an Elseworlds story--views on sexuality were not nearly as enlightened in the real 1940s as they are in this book (I'm pretty sure they would have burned Harley Quinn at the stake for how she dresses in the 1940s)--and the original releases of this series were online--not on newsstands (do those even still exist?) or in specialty shops, the latter being an outlet that has traditionally allowed for these sorts of publications. I think it was easy for Bennett to write Bombshells the way she wanted to, because it didn't threaten the "real" DC continuity (hilariously, DC editorial has seemed to managed that quite well on their own.) But the fact that these same story elements being not palatable in Batwoman is complete bullshit. Yes, Wonder Woman is one of the DC "Big Three", but she always seems to rate in third, behind Superman and the Bat. Maybe G. Willow Wilson will change that. We'll see. But the inequity between women and men isn't going to be solved by treating something like this as something we can cast off to the side. It doesn't work that way in society, in the workplace or even in the comics. And that is the real weakness of Bombshells. I mean, why can't this be the norm? While I think my criticism of the circumstances of Bombshells publication is valid (remember, I'm the guy who postulated that Ant Lucia's original Bombshells designs were the result of "base sexual desire and objectification") it is definitely a good thing that Marguerite Bennett was given the opportunity to take Lucia's designs and conceive a story that empowered the super women that were the focus of Lucia's gaze. The women in Bombshells are strong and empowered and should be a model for all female, queer, trans, and non-binary heroes going forward.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    The Bombshells series draws to a conclusion with a final battle against Hugo Strange and Killer Frost, as well as the mastermind behind the villains the Bombshells have faced. Supergirl and Raven both must face their pasts if they want to win. This final volume was a nice ending to the series, but not an entirely satisfying one. Quite a few main characters were missing entirely from this volume, including Wonder Woman, Batwoman, and Mera. Luckily, there is a sequel series to continue their storie The Bombshells series draws to a conclusion with a final battle against Hugo Strange and Killer Frost, as well as the mastermind behind the villains the Bombshells have faced. Supergirl and Raven both must face their pasts if they want to win. This final volume was a nice ending to the series, but not an entirely satisfying one. Quite a few main characters were missing entirely from this volume, including Wonder Woman, Batwoman, and Mera. Luckily, there is a sequel series to continue their stories. I'm not surprised that the book couldn't fit in every character since this series has a huge cast. But it did continue the stories of the ones who made it in the book very nicely. The book started with more of Batgirl and the Suicide Squad as they staged a rescue. They were only in the book for an issue, but their group dynamic was fun and I'd love to see more of them. Supergirl got a big reveal in her former home planet and her parentage that she had to quickly come to terms with and face in this volume as her birth mother's identity is revealed. She also got some nice bonding with her clone siblings, Power Girl and Superman, and Lois Lane (hopefully her future love interest). Raven also had to face her past when she met her father again. And her new-found family with Zatanna and Constantine continued to be adorable. Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy also continued to be cute, even if Harley had some very bad jokes that Ivy had to endure. From start to finish, the Bombshells series proved to be a fun ride with the ladies of the DC universe taking center stage. It took the simple concept of what the world would be like if the female superheroes came first and ran with it, re-imagining their dynamics in a World War II setting. And so many queer characters. I don't think there was a single issue that didn't feature a queer character, with most featuring multiple. I'm so glad there's a sequel to this because I loved every moment of this series and there's so many more stories that can be told with all the characters. And hopefully more DC heroines will join the series.

  18. 5 out of 5

    ElphaReads

    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 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.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Brandon

    This series did get better with the last two volumes but it was not what I expected and I'm a little underwhelmed. Having the DC ladies taking care of the homefront while the men were off at war and dressing them up as iconic images seemed to be inspired. But this series quickly lost that concept and instead put out heroines on the battle front fighting supernatural Nazis in a disjointed and confusing set of story arcs. This book fits all the puzzle pieces together - or most of them - but it doe This series did get better with the last two volumes but it was not what I expected and I'm a little underwhelmed. Having the DC ladies taking care of the homefront while the men were off at war and dressing them up as iconic images seemed to be inspired. But this series quickly lost that concept and instead put out heroines on the battle front fighting supernatural Nazis in a disjointed and confusing set of story arcs. This book fits all the puzzle pieces together - or most of them - but it does it in a predictable way and in the fractured style that has plagued this series. In this book Supergirl moves front and center but the Batgirl story is more original and rewarding - brief though it is. This is a book that justifies the series even as it underserves the conceit that made it all possible - they could have set these stories anywhere at anytime - and these last two volumes have giving hope that it will improve and become truly original. I would like to see more 19450s centric stories set in Gotham, Metropolis, London or where ever and less of the globetrotting and monster fighting. It would be interesting to see these heroes walking around in 40s fashions while being called Dames or broads or Toots. I could only imagine how they would handle those situations. Hopefully they will get there and the heavy handed editing will stop so that this series can really open up a true, original DC Universe.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Micah

    So this is kind of standard super hero book stuff to say off gate, but I hate most of the character designs and costume choices. That said, I enjoyed my time reading this. I haven't read the first 5 volumes of bombshells because doing things in order is for people of loose moral fiber. I was worried at first because I'm sick to shit of WWII stories. Just. I'm over the whole thing. Or at the very least, I'm over the stories people choose to tell about WWII. This book isn't any different in those t So this is kind of standard super hero book stuff to say off gate, but I hate most of the character designs and costume choices. That said, I enjoyed my time reading this. I haven't read the first 5 volumes of bombshells because doing things in order is for people of loose moral fiber. I was worried at first because I'm sick to shit of WWII stories. Just. I'm over the whole thing. Or at the very least, I'm over the stories people choose to tell about WWII. This book isn't any different in those terms. Covers lots of the same ground we always get and the moralizing was weak. I never felt like we got anywhere new or uncharted despite all the changes being made. That said, I'm a sucker for elseworlds stories. I'll probably go back and read the rest of these books if the library has them and whatever comes next.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Veronica

    This series in general has suffered from the typical comic book pacing issue where every book you need a new villain to defeat and there's no foreshadowing so it just seems like these people keep showing up like whack-a-moles even though they were presumably around for all the events of previous books, and it does show up pretty egregiously here where SUDDENLY EVERYTHING BAD THAT HAS HAPPENED IS FAORA'S EVIL PLOT? Okay. But it does get wrapped up, I enjoyed a lot of the emotional arcs (Lois < This series in general has suffered from the typical comic book pacing issue where every book you need a new villain to defeat and there's no foreshadowing so it just seems like these people keep showing up like whack-a-moles even though they were presumably around for all the events of previous books, and it does show up pretty egregiously here where SUDDENLY EVERYTHING BAD THAT HAS HAPPENED IS FAORA'S EVIL PLOT? Okay. But it does get wrapped up, I enjoyed a lot of the emotional arcs (Lois <3) and it was pretty interesting to see the prototypical Batman-Red Hood debate over whether killing is ever justified playing out between Lois and the Reaper -- especially because the narrative is willing to leave the question open. Definitely wondering what the heck is going on with Batwoman and Wonder Woman, who have completely vanished off the map! On to Bombshells United...

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    I love the bombshells series. I really really do. But this issue, for a finale of sorts, lacked something. Maybe because I’m sad we haven’t seen two of the three main characters in any of the recent issues. Maybe because I’m not keen on all the characters they focused on in this issue because their stories were rushed or pushed to the side. I wi give them this. It concluded A LOT, but NOT ALL in only a couple of issues. Which is great for the type of finale this is. And it left me with enough cu I love the bombshells series. I really really do. But this issue, for a finale of sorts, lacked something. Maybe because I’m sad we haven’t seen two of the three main characters in any of the recent issues. Maybe because I’m not keen on all the characters they focused on in this issue because their stories were rushed or pushed to the side. I wi give them this. It concluded A LOT, but NOT ALL in only a couple of issues. Which is great for the type of finale this is. And it left me with enough curiosity to keep reading. I can’t give this one five stars like I can give the other ones, again maybe that’s partially my own fault for hyping the series for myself so much. But the bombshells concept - it’s narrative, art style, way of painting the picture, of reimagining old characters in new ways - I love it. So I’m still marking it as a favorite.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    I thoroughly enjoyed this original run of DC's Bombshells comics. This re-imagining of all of these classic DC heroines and villainesseseseses (sorry, got carried away there) is a really fun read. After being letdown a bit from some of the latter Batwoman story lines, this version of Kate Kane kicking ass back during WWII feels more like her earlier adventures in her own title. And even though there are a whole gaggle of characters to try and keep afloat, I think it could've used more Harley - c I thoroughly enjoyed this original run of DC's Bombshells comics. This re-imagining of all of these classic DC heroines and villainesseseseses (sorry, got carried away there) is a really fun read. After being letdown a bit from some of the latter Batwoman story lines, this version of Kate Kane kicking ass back during WWII feels more like her earlier adventures in her own title. And even though there are a whole gaggle of characters to try and keep afloat, I think it could've used more Harley - c'mon, everything's better with more of Harley Quinn's cartoonish insanity! And as a 'Teen Titans Go!' dork, I would've liked more Raven... and where the heck was Starfire??? (Yeah, I peeked ahead - I know she turns up in Bombshells United.)

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    This is really hard to review, I will probably have to read each volume over again in a shorter amount of time to really understand how I feel. I really want to give this ending 2-3 stars, but I really like the characters, the art (except there were some wonky faces in the beginning of this one, what's that about?), and most of the plot(s). Where was Black Canary? Was she in this series AT ALL? Because she's one of my favorites and that in of itself makes me want to drop the whole series 1 star. This is really hard to review, I will probably have to read each volume over again in a shorter amount of time to really understand how I feel. I really want to give this ending 2-3 stars, but I really like the characters, the art (except there were some wonky faces in the beginning of this one, what's that about?), and most of the plot(s). Where was Black Canary? Was she in this series AT ALL? Because she's one of my favorites and that in of itself makes me want to drop the whole series 1 star. You had so many different plots and characters running around and we couldn't fit in BC? :(

  25. 4 out of 5

    Drucilla

    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 seri 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.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ma'Belle

    I was a tad surprised at the late-game introduction of a few new, powerful characters, but it works well as a closing act to this series, while setting the stage for other characters who haven't been seen or fleshed out up to this point in the spin-off/sequel series DC Bombshells: United. If you can deal with some of Bennett's corniness and fondness for filling entire issues with song lyrics, what you'll be getting is some of this writer's strongest work to date.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Cameron Toney

    I feel like a broken record. The ideas in this are fabulous, the characters interesting, and the whole is somehow not the sum of its parts. It is partially a comics thing, but characters (including big villain) are just sort of dropped in without build up, and I honestly think there are too many characters. I more pared down cast, and a stronger central plot would have helped a great deal. And yet, and yet I cannot put it down! I want to keep reading, even though it doesn't thrill me like I hope. I feel like a broken record. The ideas in this are fabulous, the characters interesting, and the whole is somehow not the sum of its parts. It is partially a comics thing, but characters (including big villain) are just sort of dropped in without build up, and I honestly think there are too many characters. I more pared down cast, and a stronger central plot would have helped a great deal. And yet, and yet I cannot put it down! I want to keep reading, even though it doesn't thrill me like I hope. I shall move on to Bombshells United, and see what happens next.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

    This was definitely the weakest volume for me. Maybe it was because it's been a while since I read the last, but it's probably also because not a lot of my favorite characters were in this one, with the exception of Supergirl. While I enjoyed the mother/daughter theme, there was a lot of villain monologuing and backstory that slowed this down. I'm still looking forward to reading the next arc, though.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Gina

    There have been hints before at the conflict of when it might be wrong to not kill, understandable for a comic set during the war. I appreciate there not being an easy answer here, and that those answers are balanced with when to sacrifice and the ability to do good. There are painful things here, but there is ultimately hope.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Abby

    Overall, I liked the art in all six books, and I liked the variations on everyone's costumes and some of the different backstories. I just wish that the plot hadn't gone off in so many different and random directions. Will probably not be reading any of the follow up volumes.

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