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Review: Bombshells United #14
By Philip Schweier
Mar 21, 2018 - 4:35

DC Comics
Writer(s): Marguerite Bennett
Artist(s): David Hahn
Colourist(s): J. Nanjan
Letterer(s): Wes Abbott
Cover Artist(s): Emanuella Lupacchino, Laura Martin



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Black Canary has her back to the wall – Amanda Waller, that is. The Suicide Squad has cornered her for the murder of Oliver Queen, and confronted her with the revelation that the recent spate of homicidal dementia coincides with the Canary’s singing.

 

But when Ravager and the Enchantress fall under the spell of the mystic music, things take a turn for the worse – not only for Black Canary and her new-found allies, but also for the reader. What follows is a confusing battle in which Killer Croc suddenly turns human, Ravager and Enchantress adopt the ridiculous smirks indicating they’ve been bewitched. It ends with them flying away on a microphone stand as if it were a broom.


I’m sure some of this was meant to be hallucinatory, but it’s poorly portrayed in my opinion. The sequence shares a similar layout with this week’s issue of Batwoman (also by Marguerite Bennett), in which Batwoman’s memories are shared with the reader. Both sequences are presented in a common 3 panels x 3 panels layout.


I’m not saying it’s poor storytelling, but for Bennett to offer the same art direction in two stories the same week strikes me as unimaginative on her part. In fairness, I could be wrong and it could be the respective artists of both books coming up with the same solution, but I find that unlikely.


Rating: 3/10


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