Review: ‘DC Comics Bombshells’ #22
DC Comics Bombshells #22
Writer: Marguerite Bennett
Art: Laura Braga
Cover: Ant Lucia
War is a truly terrible thing. It can damage the body and the mind in very serious ways. Combine all the destruction with dark magic, and you have some pretty deadly stuff. Last time we saw Wonder Woman, she was in Peloponnese, Greece with Steve Trevor and the U.S. Army. In the German camp, a shell shocked soldier mumbles about wanting his mother while drawing a terrifying demon in the dirt. The other soldiers had enough of his ramblings, and one of them kills him. Except, it doesn’t kill him. He becomes possessed and turn into a Tenebrae, a sort of zombie controlled by black magic. The tenebrae goes into the P.O.W camp and infects the unsuspecting soldiers.
Meanwhile Diana and Steve are walking through the remains of a battlefield. Its full of landmines, or poison shells as Diana calls them. I don’t understand why they would be walking around a place full of landmines. Diana tries to comfort Steve, but he tells her that he can’t go on. “Every hour is a waking nightmare-landmines, gunfire, sirens, and screams-“. It appears that his mind and spirit are broken, but Diana wants so badly for him to be healed. In an attempt to calm him, she sings to him. For a moment he gets a hold of himself. Diana is able to tell him that the battles they fought come at high cost. Many civilian casualties, burning villages. She tells him that she is becoming their symbol of victory. This is much like Stargirl and Supergirl becoming the posterchildren for the Soviet Union. That didn’t end too well for them.
The moment of peace doesn’t last. As the smoke clears away, we see tenebrae. Diana questions their origins, but doesn’t get an answer. It seems like she wants to run away, but she doesn’t because their is a whole army of tenebrae standing in front of her, with horses and tanks scattered throughout. You’ll never believe who’s leading them. Baroness Paula von Gunther. Commander of the First Tenebrae Battalion. That is definately a name I did not expect to show up. I want to say I know where this is going, but I’d be lying. Things are starting to look pretty bad for not only Wonder Woman, but for the Bombshells and the US if there are whole armies of tenebrae waiting for them.
Things are getting dark overseas for the Bombshells. Evil magic and PTSD can put a strain on characters. I am surprised at how deep this comic is getting with Steve’s condition. We’ve seen stories about soldiers suffering from mental and physical damage, but to see it in a comic is…surreal. Leave it to DC to get deep. I must say I am loving Laura Braga’s art. The sharp lines and shadows keep everything sorta edgy while still giving room for femininity in the female characters. Colorist J. Nanjan gives us some great depth and a real creep factor to the tenebrae. I do smell a Wonder Woman/Von Gunther smackdown on the way, and I am loving it.