By Philip Schweier
Nov 15, 2017 - 4:35
This issue serves as in introduction – a prologue – to the next story arc, as Star Sapphire comes to town. No doubt a great many Bombshells will be called upon in this crisis. Included in the line-up are Bombshell versions of Batgirl, Black Canary, the Suicide Squad, Bumblebee, Katana, Dawnstar, Lois Lane Supergirl, Aquawoman, Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, Vixen, Hawkgirl, Star Sapphire, Jessica Cruz, the Flash, Starfire, Platinum, and the Black Bat. But to say they were entirely active would be misleading.
One thing this issue features – and previous issues have also, if I recall correctly – is song lyrics as a narrative tool. I’ve seen that in other comics and novels, and I have yet to see it used effectively, simply because the nature of the medium is inherently silent. One reads a comic, and without audible music to accompany the lyrics, they lose the reader, and thereby their impact.
The artwork by Jarrell and Fitzpatrick is more satisfying than that of previous issues, in my opinion. There’s a simplicity to it, reminiscent of Mike Allred, that works very well. It seems better defined and perhaps less “sketchy” than illustrations from previous issues.