Review – DC Comics Bombshells #24
DC Comics Bombshells #24
Cover: Ant Lucia
Writer: Marguerite Bennett
Art: Mary Sanapo
Thames, London, 1940. Clear blue sky and calm waters. Docked in the Thames is the HMS Winston, which is full of soldiers listening to Mera flirting and her “siren song”. The first thing you notice about this page is how big and bright it is. It sets a calm tone for the book. Mera’s jovial attitude and the smiles of the soldiers helps as well. Its nice to always nice to see Mera because of playfulness, but this book took a turn quickly.
Captain Shin of the HMS Winston comes to Mera and tells her that hes been hearing what appears to be music coming from the waters. Eager to find out what it is, she dives headfirst to see who’s “encroaching on her territory”. Meanwhile Kara and Kortini, now being called Courtney by Kara, have arrived at the house of Samuel Whitmore. As soon as Mr. Whitmore sees Kortini, he scoops her into his arms and invites her and Kara into his home. Unfortunately, Kara feels like its not her place to intrude, and then leaves. Even though Kara has Mrs. Varvara, you can’t help but feel sorry at how alone she truly is. Out of nowhere, she hears Mera calling her name.
The story shifts to Mera finding sea mines underneath the ships. Before she can swim back to the surface a gray hand grabs her and pulls her deeper. No big deal since she’s “Aquawoman”! At the Whitmore residence, Mr Whitmore has his servant, Edward Nygma, bring Kortini a cup of tea (how English, right?) while he talks about never giving up hope of meeting her. Kortini seems excited and sad as she talks about how Ipati and Mr. Whitmore are teachers and inventors. Surprisingly,, Mr. Whitmore laughs at her, and tells her that his war machines aren’t the kind of inventions he’d want his little girl playing with. He even goes on to say she’ll have dolls and balls and fat ponies and the best education money can buy. Kortini isn’t having any of it, saying that she’s always wanted to fight the good fight. I can already sense the tension for the upcoming books. No way is Kara gonna let him take Kortini away, and there’s no way Kortini is gonna give up her fight wit her sister.
Going back to Mera, it turns out that hand belongs to a tenebrae, one of whom was aboard a U-Boat, which Mera’s whales personally destroyed. The angry tenebrae isn’t alone, but Kara comes diving towards Mera in the nick of time. Mera explains the sea mines and Kara is careful to only hit the tenebrae. Then the singing starts. The same singing that Captain Shin was telling Mera about. The voice doesn’t belong to a mermaid, but a Kraken-like creature who singled out Mera with a vengeance. Telling her that the creatures of the deep are no longer hers to control.
What can we take away from this issue? How about family drama and a monster sized problem living in London’s waters. Marguerite Bennett really knows how to play out a story. Her stories aren’t so dramatic that you’re scrambling to find the next issue, but just enough to keep it as a casual read. The writing definitely hits that spot where you think you’re lacking. Its satisfying and casual, which can be a good thing. However, one cant help but wonder when will we see the Bombshells as a team? How are they gonna how the end of the war? Will they show the end of the war?
These are the kind of questions Bennett probably wants us to ask ourselves. I have to say ‘thank you’ to colorist Kelly Fitzpatrick for keeping it nice and bright and for penciller Mary Sanapo for really outdoing herself with this one. Sanapo kept the art light, but full. The faces of the characters looked great. From the hair to the eyelashes to the decaying tenebrae. Despite the great work, there are a few hiccups. For instance, before Mera is grabbed, it seems she’s missing a foot. Not sure if the bubble underwater is supposed to cover it, but it just looks like a nub with black crosshatching on it. Also, the hands sometimes looked clawlike. To end on a positive not,the bubbles and the hair flowing underwater really added to the book.