Bombshells United #7 – Marguerite Bennett, Writer; Richard Ortiz, Artist; J. Nanjan, Colorist
Ray – 8.5/10
Corrina: Kate & Renee, Rebels
WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS BELOW!
Ray: After a mystical first arc that introduced a whole new magical girl team of Wonder Girls, this arc wisely pulls back and gets back to the nitty-gritty of war resistance – in a sense, as much as any story involving a ten-foot tall magical dictator can. In doing so, it returns the series to its original lead character, Kate Kane. The issue opens by recapping her adventures via an old-timey newsreel, as it reveals that Kate has returned to where it all began for her – Fascist Spain, where she was a resistance fighter alongside Renee Montoya and her late adopted son Jason Todd. Although Franco is dead in this world, the battle rides on, and Spain has now found itself under a new dictator – by the name of Black Adam. More brutal than Franco ever was and in league with Hitler, he uses magic to break the public resistance against him.
The issue has some flashbacks showing us the roots of Kate and Renee’s relationship and seems determined to convince us that there’s still something between the two estranged lovers (despite Kate wishing she could go home to Maggie in Gotham). The resistance has a new ally in Jaime Corrigan (likely a play on the Spectre, but given the way this series goes, that’ll probably become someone else). The issue has a great pulp vibe, reminiscent of a grittier Indiana Jones, and works in some of Rucka’s key concepts from when he wrote these two, including the Religion of Crime. Now a sinister cult that is still allied with the resistance, they make for an interesting new wild card as the series builds to a showdown with Black Adam, and an explosive cliffhanger for next issue. Bennett is building an alternate universe on her own that’s one of the richest we’ve seen in DC history.
Corrina: I would say Corrigan is a rat and will betray Renee. That’s the way Rucka used the character in Gotham Central, in a story arc that led Renee Montoya into becoming the new Question.
But, given how much fun Bennett has playing in her corner of the DC Universe, I could be wrong and it might be an entirely different twist. The way she weaves in not only Corrigan but Jason Todd is masterful, while at the same time showing exactly how dictatorships gain and maintain power, even with a resistance movement. Kate and Renee’s backstory finally being told is nice forward momentum to their relationship but I hope it’s not leading to Kate doing something she’ll regret, especially with Maggie waiting for her back home.
Given the cliffhanger, it’s possible she may not make it back home at all because two street-level heroes against a powerful Black Adam is a serious mismatch. They need Mary Marvel, stat.
Disclaimer: GeekDad received this comic for review purposes.