DC Comics Bombshells #25 came out this week, the print version of the digital first book. As always, this means I am behind the times.
When this book first started, I was completely engaged. We were introduced to the characters. Writer Marguerite Bennett was writing the main characters' arcs in the style of movie genres. And it all came together eventually in a battle over London. After that, perhaps because it wasn't meant to go on, the book seemed to wander a bit. For me, the lack of Diana and Kara in the book was maddening.
Why am I bringing this up?
Well, this issue reminded me of those early issues. I felt something for these characters, for the first time in a while. There were two moments that hit me nicely as a reader. And I definitely like the addition of Rose Wilson and June Moone. Ravager and Enchantress are definitely two of my favorites.
The art is by Aneke. This is the first I have seen of this artist and their style fits the book.
I won't go in depth here. But I felt I should hit on the high points.
The main book takes place with a Bombshell Suicide Squad, led by the vampiric Batgirl, trying to stop Nazi scientist Edward Nygma from resurrecting a greater demon than the Tenebrau that he utilized in the battle of London.
There is a decent two page recap of that early storyline. I include this panel only to showcase the one time you see Supergirl and Wonder Woman in this issue.
The real juice of the issue came in the back story. In it, archeology student Frankie Thomas, trained by her professor 'Doctor Jones' enters a site very reminiscent of the snake-filled resting place of the Ark of the Covenant in Raiders of the Lost Ark.
She finds a transmission which says that Faora Hu-ul, prisoner of the Phantom Zone, has broken free. She is incredibly dangerous and needs to be recaptured.
The addition of Faora to the proceedings means Supergirl will be back in the book. And as an old time reader, I like seeing Faora!
Furthermore, we see that Faora has been on Earth for some time. Just looking at the style of clothes, you can see she has been here for decades. And she realizes that Earth is a place were, with genetic manipulation, she can bring about a new Krypton.
This need to wait for science to catch up probably explains why Faora simply didn't take over instead of hiding out. And this genetic splicing talk probably explains how Power Girl is going to be explained. It reminds me of the Galatea story in Justice League Unlimited.
Finally we learn that she is now General Fyodora Khulun in the Soviet Army!
Okay, this was the first new storyline that grabbed me since the big final battle.
As for the main story, it is a claustrophobic affair as it takes place solely in a submarine. We see the Squad bash there way through and rescue Luc Fuchs (the Lucius Fox equivalent)? And we learn Babs had a history with him!
This moment was too great not to share. With undead Tenebrau attacking everyone in sight, the Squad leaves. And they let Nygma get his just desserts. After all, the Squad aren't the good guys. That was pretty cool.
I suppose Faora being introduced will keep me on the book for a bit more.
And I was glad to have feel some of the excitement I used to with the book.