Review: ‘DC Comics Bombshells’ #20
DC Comics Bombshells #20
Writer: Marguerite Bennett
Artist: Mirka Andolfo
Cover: Ant Lucia
Colorist: Wendy Broome
Letters: Wes Abbott
As always Gotham is under the protection of the Batfamily. Ever since Kate Kane left for overseas, the Batgirls decide to spread their wings.. This issue was much more action packed than the previous books. As in full panel fight scenes, motion lines, and witty banter. The Batgirls are set on rescuing an old friend from a corrupt orphanage and end up running into something much bigger. Turns out the orphanage’s headmistress is using the orphans to produce war machines. If there’s one thing that’s un-American, it’s corrupt headmistresses using orphans as slaves to do her evil bidding. One of these children is Tim Drake. There’s even a crate with a skull and the word “Berlin” on it. How sinister.
Emotions are certainly strong in this book. First off is a budding friendship between Alysia Yeoh and Nell. Then there’s tension between Kathy, leader of the Batgirls, and Bette Kane, Batwoman’s cousin and rival baseball player. Kathy and Bette brush it off quickly and work well together. Next is the hatred Alysia has for the orphanage’s headmistress. As she fights her off of Tim Drake and stuffs her in a grandfather clock, it is revealed that the headmistress disapproved of Alysia, but Alysia was having none of it. It could obviously be a jab at Alysia being a transgender woman in the 1940s. Next comes a mix of fear and joy as Harper Row finds her brother but knows she can’t just leave the other children. Its a big call for all of the Batgirls.
This book did take a turn on me. After finding out what the children were forced to build, I was expecting to find something like Red Tornado or Amazo. I was certainly surprised to see Moloch. Not Moloch the Mystic. Not the god Moloch. Instead a hulking robot going by the name Moloch. From what Tim told us, he is “their secret weapon”. There is no clue on who “they” are, but whoever it is can’t be a very good person. One could guess who and why, but the possibilities are endless.
Mirka Andolfo is growing on me. There are lots of motion lines in this book, especially in the second half. However, the lines fit. Looking back over the pages, the lines are specifically placed where there is drama and emotion. There are definitely mixed feelings on the motion lines. There’s the “meh” feeling, but then there’s a “very nice” feeling. Andolfo’s use of shadow and silhouettes are great. She really knows when its time to add details and when to focus on the bigger picture. Colorist Wendy Broome is a great contrast with her bright colors. I have to appaud Andolfo on her character faces. There are some artists that give their characters the same face, but Andolfo has it down to a science. From hair to eye shape to eyebrows to facial structure. Overall great work.