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The shadow of WWII looms ever larger as the Bombshells battle the Axis Powers across the globe. In Gotham City, a quartet of copycat BATGIRLS are doing their part to protect the home front. In Greece, WONDER WOMAN faces a battalion of the undead, led by the villainous Baroness Paula von Gunther. In London, STARGIRL and SUPERGIRL learn a shocking-and dangerous-family secret, The shadow of WWII looms ever larger as the Bombshells battle the Axis Powers across the globe. In Gotham City, a quartet of copycat BATGIRLS are doing their part to protect the home front. In Greece, WONDER WOMAN faces a battalion of the undead, led by the villainous Baroness Paula von Gunther. In London, STARGIRL and SUPERGIRL learn a shocking-and dangerous-family secret, while MERA encounters a monstrous threat from the sea that not even she can control. And in Berlin, ZATANNA attempts to thwart the evil magic that's been released into the world, while the CATWOMAN and HUNTRESS rescue a captured BATWOMAN from the clutches of the Third Reich. But the paths of these superheroines will converge as they face their greatest challenge yet. To defeat the undead tenebrae soldiers overtaking London, they'll have to form a Justice League of their own! Inspired by the popular DC Collectibles line, DC COMICS: BOMBSHELLS VOL. 2: ALLIES throws the world's finest heroines into one of the greatest battles in history! Written by Marguerite Bennett (BATGIRL, EARTH 2: WORLD'S END) and featuring artists including Laura Braga (WITCHBLADE), Mirka Andolfo (CHAOS) and more, this volume collects issues #7-12.


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The shadow of WWII looms ever larger as the Bombshells battle the Axis Powers across the globe. In Gotham City, a quartet of copycat BATGIRLS are doing their part to protect the home front. In Greece, WONDER WOMAN faces a battalion of the undead, led by the villainous Baroness Paula von Gunther. In London, STARGIRL and SUPERGIRL learn a shocking-and dangerous-family secret, The shadow of WWII looms ever larger as the Bombshells battle the Axis Powers across the globe. In Gotham City, a quartet of copycat BATGIRLS are doing their part to protect the home front. In Greece, WONDER WOMAN faces a battalion of the undead, led by the villainous Baroness Paula von Gunther. In London, STARGIRL and SUPERGIRL learn a shocking-and dangerous-family secret, while MERA encounters a monstrous threat from the sea that not even she can control. And in Berlin, ZATANNA attempts to thwart the evil magic that's been released into the world, while the CATWOMAN and HUNTRESS rescue a captured BATWOMAN from the clutches of the Third Reich. But the paths of these superheroines will converge as they face their greatest challenge yet. To defeat the undead tenebrae soldiers overtaking London, they'll have to form a Justice League of their own! Inspired by the popular DC Collectibles line, DC COMICS: BOMBSHELLS VOL. 2: ALLIES throws the world's finest heroines into one of the greatest battles in history! Written by Marguerite Bennett (BATGIRL, EARTH 2: WORLD'S END) and featuring artists including Laura Braga (WITCHBLADE), Mirka Andolfo (CHAOS) and more, this volume collects issues #7-12.

30 review for DC Comics: Bombshells, Vol. 2: Allies

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sesana

    The art is great, the characters are great, but the story is wanting. Not terrible, mind, but certainly underwhelming. This is par for the course with Bennett, actually. I really like the way she writes characters, especially female characters, but her storytelling needs some serious work.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Gabrielle

    I am enjoying this series so much. Granted, it isnt the most sophisticated and developed plot, so perhaps it is more the spirit of the series that I am fond of: if I cant indulge in a little feminist revisionist alternate version of WWII featuring my favorite DC gals, what am I going to do on a lazy Friday morning? Following the events of Enlisted (https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...), Allies follows four main storylines. On the battle lines, Wonder Woman has to deal with an army of the I am enjoying this series so much. Granted, it isn’t the most sophisticated and developed plot, so perhaps it is more the spirit of the series that I am fond of: if I can’t indulge in a little feminist revisionist alternate version of WWII featuring my favorite DC gals, what am I going to do on a lazy Friday morning? Following the events of “Enlisted” (https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...), “Allies” follows four main storylines. On the battle lines, Wonder Woman has to deal with an army of the undead (and a seriously PTSD-affected Steve Trevor), Stargirl and Supergirl have found refuge in London, but this means a painful reunion for Kortni, and Aquawoman will face an old foe; while in Berlin, Kate Kane unites with Selina to confront a particularly nasty Nazi officer – who reveals that his plans are linked to the events witnessed by Wonder Woman and those taking place in London. Again, I loved the artwork: the little Batgirls uniforms are just the cutest thing, and the color-work truly pops! And of course, it’s full of great (if a little ham-fisted) moral lessons about women writing their own stories, people being compassionate and tolerant, uniting against what will destroy them if they are divided and so on. Add to that a few wonderfully cheesy puns, and you have a great, fun comic book! But just like the first volume, there are too many stories happening at once, which makes the reading experience feel a bit scattered. I know that we are in for the long haul with these characters and their respective arcs, but I can feel a bit frustrating to only get snippets of each story. I’m looking forward to the next volume, and hopefully, a little more Harley and Ivy stories in the future…

  3. 4 out of 5

    Nikki

    I LOVE THIS SO MUCH. All the ladies, kicking all the butts, all the time.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Cupcakes & Machetes

    Volume One Review I continued to feel a bit lost throughout this volume as well. I don't think it was entirely my lack of background knowledge, scenes jumped before I knew what exactly was going on in the first place. I still enjoyed it, the artwork was fantastic. I like the batgirl copycats distributing justice and the sea battles with Aquawoman. I'm ready to admit that I don't care about Stargirl or Supergirl at all. I don't know what it is but I just cannot connect with them.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Corrie

    Onwards with the second volume. They're quick reads with very nicely done art work. The basis of this series with kick-ass heroines in the lead were a line off 1940s pinup style Bombshells variant covers and a series of statuettes. Set in a WWII alternate universe we follow our female superheroes and how they came to be. I really like how this is done. Themes: DC Comics, female super heroes kicking ass in WWII, alternate universe, super powers, feminists. 4 stars

  6. 4 out of 5

    Liam

    The art is phenomenal, the characters are fantastic, the concept is brilliant... But the story falls flat for me. There's a lot going on, which is good in a way because you get to see lots of different great characters, but it makes the story a bit all over the place and difficult to follow. I am excited to see where this series goes as, despite being 12 issues in, I still feel like it's very much still in the introduction of the story and that it will develop to become better. Think my The art is phenomenal, the characters are fantastic, the concept is brilliant... But the story falls flat for me. There's a lot going on, which is good in a way because you get to see lots of different great characters, but it makes the story a bit all over the place and difficult to follow. I am excited to see where this series goes as, despite being 12 issues in, I still feel like it's very much still in the introduction of the story and that it will develop to become better. Think my favourite thing about this volume had to be issue where we meet Harley Quinn (no surprise there), the way they portray these characters is so awesome!

  7. 4 out of 5

    L. McCoy

    Ya know when I added this series to my reading list I was expecting silly fun. I mean I thought it was just WWII era DC pin-up girls punching Nazis or something. Theres a lot more to it and it is amazing. Whats it about? Hard to describe without spoilers. This is pretty much the second volume of this series so it continues the story. In this volume we are introduced to the Batgirls. Vigilante girls who beat the shit out of their opponents by using ball bats. Why it gets 5 stars: The story is still Ya know when I added this series to my reading list I was expecting silly fun. I mean I thought it was just WWII era DC pin-up girls punching Nazis or something. There’s a lot more to it and it is amazing. What’s it about? Hard to describe without spoilers. This is pretty much the second volume of this series so it continues the story. In this volume we are introduced to the Batgirls. Vigilante girls who beat the shit out of their opponents by using ball bats. Why it gets 5 stars: The story is still interesting. I’m really surprised by how much to it there is. There are quite a few subplots and such in this intense story that mixes war and superheroes, it’s so good. Just like in the previous volume, the art is freaking wonderful! The characters are very cool. Supergirl and Stargirl actually become more interesting in this, so does Zatanna (though there isn’t very much of her). Wonder Woman and Batwoman are still bad-ass. Batwoman might be even more aggressive than usual (though being a Jewish lesbian, she has plenty of reasons to hate Nazis even more) and I like it. I also like the Batgirls, usually teams of one same hero annoy me or seem to cheesy but in this it actually works and is pretty fun. Strong, stunning, bad-ass and showing more emotion than many superhero-y characters, I think the characters in this series are fucking awesome! There’s a lot of great action throughout. It’s very intense and exciting plus you can expect at least one action scene every chapter! There’s some good comic relief. I particularly like the “Batgirl” pun! This book is fairly suspenseful. There are a lot of great, unexpected twists. I wish more creators could come up with ways to make DC characters more suspenseful. Just like in the previous volume, I wouldn’t consider it horror but there’s an element of horror that works well. Seeing superhero girls fight monsters is just fun. The social commentary in this book is well written, I even say that regarding the (few) things this book says that I don’t 100% agree with. I think the reason it works so well is that it fits into the story, it’s not like how some books just cram it in and/or beat a dead horse making you wonder “Holy shit, am I reading a book or the longest fucking PSA ever?” so I like that a lot. The ending... holy fuck, the ending. Nothing could have prepared me for such a beautiful and emotional ending. Probably one of the best endings to a book I’ve read recently, perhaps even ever. Overall: This series is amazing. So glad I decided to try this. It might not look masterpiece worthy but holy fuck, it is. The interesting story with great artwork, lots of action, more suspense than many DC comics, emotion and well written commentary... I don’t see what else you’re looking for in a superhero comic. This is so damn good, read it! 5/5

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ma'Belle

    I LOVE the characters, context, and queerness of so much of DC Bombshells, so it's extra sad that I can't give this volume more than 3 stars. It's gorgeous the whole way through, and there are plenty of things that happen that made me giggle and fangirl wave air over my own face. But something went terribly wrong with the storyboarding. There were several page layouts where a character's placement or weapon changed back and forth from one panel to the next, as if cards, script bubbles, and even I LOVE the characters, context, and queerness of so much of DC Bombshells, so it's extra sad that I can't give this volume more than 3 stars. It's gorgeous the whole way through, and there are plenty of things that happen that made me giggle and fangirl wave air over my own face. But something went terribly wrong with the storyboarding. There were several page layouts where a character's placement or weapon changed back and forth from one panel to the next, as if cards, script bubbles, and even ideas got shuffled in the editing process. I've come to terms with the fact that Margeurite Bennett is not that great of a writer (to put it very kindly). She gets into the kitschy, comic tone of this period piece, but even admits within the dialogue at times that her characters speak in one-liner quips. So many mushy, gushy, admiring feels for this series, but the second half of Year One got messy real quick. Too many characters all at once, so like in most major DC/Marvel Event debacles, you get action and monologues that make less and less sense, rather than focusing on quality character and relationship development. Bombshells started as a line of pin-up style statues, but it could have easily been two or three titles crafted by talented women working together to intertwine their various casts.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Batastrophe

    The story with the batgirls was amazing, but the rest of the volume wasn't keeping my interest very well. Not bad, but I kept putting it down and forgetting what had happened. Zatanna's also beginning to really annoy me, and I normally really like Zatanna.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Devann

    I liked this one a bit more than the first volume. It might be because the team is coming together in a more concrete way or it might be because I decided to stop worrying about my general lack of knowledge of the DC universe and just go along for the ride, but I'm definitely enjoying it at this point and am interested to see where it goes.

  11. 4 out of 5

    blank

    Superheroines kickin' undead ass. You can't go wrong with that.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Genna

    Read in one sitting, I couldn't put it down for even a second. Love the story progress, love the characters.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    Finished while bawling my eyes out. This series is my new favorite thing ever.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Cale

    It feels like there are too many stories going on at once here. Too many characters get short shrift (Zatanna especially, although Barda and Dr. Light are others who get very little time), while others get overburdened with plots that feel reminiscent to volume 1 (Stargirl and Supergirl). When the stories focus on the characters, they're fairly interesting, like the Gotham girls taking on an orphanage and its secret factory. But most of this collection are massive action scenes, and those scenes It feels like there are too many stories going on at once here. Too many characters get short shrift (Zatanna especially, although Barda and Dr. Light are others who get very little time), while others get overburdened with plots that feel reminiscent to volume 1 (Stargirl and Supergirl). When the stories focus on the characters, they're fairly interesting, like the Gotham girls taking on an orphanage and its secret factory. But most of this collection are massive action scenes, and those scenes just don't pull it off - there's too much going on, and too many coincidences and random appearances as Mera and Wonder Woman and their various factions all come together in the Battle of Britain. And there's a sacrifice made that doesn't really feel like it was earned. But in spite of that, the series as a whole is still fairly strong, and the world being built here is intriguing. The art walks the line between pinup and female-strong imagery, with a tendency toward the female-strong imagery, which is ideal. So while I wasn't thrilled with this volume, I do look forward to reading more.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    Honestly can't fault this. Really great story, and an awesome collection of artists and colourists. Even though there was some switching of artists between chapters, I didn't find it jarring at all. On a whole, definitely enjoyed this even more than volume one. My favourite part was the Batgirls issue and pretty much any scene with Batwoman. Seeing Supergirl's vulnerabilities and more of Mera was great too. This is fastly becoming one of my favourite series. Highly recommend.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Heatherblakely

    1. I'm a little confused 2. Why does everyone have to have huge boobs?

  17. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Givens

    This volume gets a little choppy jumping between all the characters and getting most of them in one place for a big battle, but it's still super good.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lucie

    4.5 stars IT WAS EVERYTHING, I LOVE THE BOMBSHELLS SO MUCH.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kelly W.

    While I thoroughly enjoy reading this comic, this volume was a bit of a step back from the first volume. A lot of the things I loved about volume 1 are the same - the art, the inclusion of WOC and lgbt+ women, the girl power. Unfortunately, the plotting and pacing degenerated a little, and more often than not I was confused at how threads fits together. Its still a fun read, just not as fluid as I would have liked. Since this book is next in a series of trades, this review will focus on things While I thoroughly enjoy reading this comic, this volume was a bit of a step back from the first volume. A lot of the things I loved about volume 1 are the same - the art, the inclusion of WOC and lgbt+ women, the girl power. Unfortunately, the plotting and pacing degenerated a little, and more often than not I was confused at how threads fits together. It’s still a fun read, just not as fluid as I would have liked. Since this book is next in a series of trades, this review will focus on things particular to this volume. Things I Liked 1. Allies Theme: The title of this volume is “allies,” and I love the way Bennett integrates the title into the events of the narrative. The story about the formation of the Batfamily, for example, mirrors the allies theme via a massive team-up. Next, Supergirl and Stargirl have a crisis as to what “family” constitutes: blood or bond (so, in the end, it’s a story about sisterhood). This volume also features all the Bombshells teaming up towards the end into an all-female Justice League-eque squad, which is exciting. 2. Queerness: It seems like everyone is LGBT+. There’s more queerness in this book than in the last one, and it was AWESOMELY EXECUTED. Things I Didn’t Like 1. Narrative Fluidity: More so than the previous volume, I found myself confused at the amount of skipping around in this volume. The locations change quite suddenly, and there’s also a lot of fast pacing in the action sequences, which left me wondering at how everything fit together. As a result, most of the volume felt like a long string of action sequences. 2. Layouts: I’m pretty sure part of my confusion stems from the layouts of pages and panels, since I found myself more than once reading things in the wrong sequence. Maybe that’s due to the printing, but even so, there should be a bit more thought as to where the center fold occurs and how to keep your reader’s eye moving in the right direction. 3. Lack of Harley/Ivy: Harley Quinn and Ivy were included in the previous volume, so I was surprised that they were almost non-existent in this volume. For purposes of consistency and unity, I would have liked to see more of them. Recommendations: I would recommend this book if you’re interested in DC’s female characters (especially Wonder Woman, Supergirl, and Batwoman), World War II history and culture, supernatural threats, and elder things.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    This second volume of the digital-first Bombshells series collects the next six print issues, or the next 18 individual chapters. The first half of the book feels a little disjointed, with the first two-part story actually being two one-shot stories about the Batgirls and Batwoman, whilst the following two two-parters bring the Bombshells together for their first true test as all of their enemies unite to try and destroy London. Even though this is an Elseworlds, the stakes feel high and when one This second volume of the digital-first Bombshells series collects the next six print issues, or the next 18 individual chapters. The first half of the book feels a little disjointed, with the first two-part story actually being two one-shot stories about the Batgirls and Batwoman, whilst the following two two-parters bring the Bombshells together for their first true test as all of their enemies unite to try and destroy London. Even though this is an Elseworlds, the stakes feel high and when one of the characters falls, it's really quite devastating, especially when you consider all that they've been through across the past year of stories. The art in this volume is a little more consistent than in the first one, with Laura Braga and Mirko Andolfo dealing with the majority of the pencils, with Marguerite Sauvage popping up to do two chapters in the middle too; their styles are more cohesive than the selection in the first trade, and this is especially important once all the characters are together since each chapter follows on directly from before rather than shifting focus like they did when the characters were separated.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Valerie Anne

    This is literally the perfect thing to read right now, in this political climate. Read it. It feels like punching a Nazi.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Joana Veríssimo

    This series is so GOOD and it makes me so damn happy!!! And it's something I recommend to both comic book fans - because all these characters are brought together and you will probably pick up on a lot more easter eggs than I can - but also to comic book newbies, because it's a very particular and independent story, that you can read on it's own. Also I LOVE how the explore the World War II in very different fronts, from Germany, to England, to the USSR, to the USA, and not just in different This series is so GOOD and it makes me so damn happy!!! And it's something I recommend to both comic book fans - because all these characters are brought together and you will probably pick up on a lot more easter eggs than I can - but also to comic book newbies, because it's a very particular and independent story, that you can read on it's own. Also I LOVE how the explore the World War II in very different fronts, from Germany, to England, to the USSR, to the USA, and not just in different places but with different parts of society - which gives you a broader view of the war The art is stunning... The people and the places are beautifully drawn, the battle scenes look great, and I just LOVE them working together!!! And personally, these books are making me LOVE Mera so much!!! I barely knew her, but I'm loving her in this!!! And it's making super excited to see her in the Justice League movie :) 100% recommend!!! :D [Read for the 2017 BookTube-A-Thon, for challenge #6 (Read a book you got because of the cover) - this is the closest I can probably get to this challenge, since I like knowing about what I'm reading and I never buy a book just because of the cover; with this series I knew very little about it, I had just seen the art and loved it (not so much the cover, more the Harley and Ivy art, but this is the closest to the challenge I can get); this also works for other challenges like #2 or #4 (that I already filled with another book) :D ]

  23. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Perry

    Art is great but I did not like it as much as the first one. I found some of the stories were all over the place and needed to be connected a little better together. I loved the characters though as well as their bombshell costumes. They stay true to their character and are still really really awesome. The first story featuring the batgirls(kids) was phenomenal and I loved how it was different and a change of what usually happens. And OF COURSE I loved any of the parts with Wonder Woman, it's Art is great but I did not like it as much as the first one. I found some of the stories were all over the place and needed to be connected a little better together. I loved the characters though as well as their bombshell costumes. They stay true to their character and are still really really awesome. The first story featuring the batgirls(kids) was phenomenal and I loved how it was different and a change of what usually happens. And OF COURSE I loved any of the parts with Wonder Woman, it's just the constant switching between places which made it seem like t was all over the place.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Rob McMonigal

    Not for me, and that's totally cool. The premise is a fun, Elseworlds-like concept, but the characters keep saying wink-and-nod modern references and I'm having some trouble keeping tabs on the plot. Can't argue with the quality of the art, though, featuring Laura Braga, Sandy Jarrell, and Marguerite Sauvage, among many others. I'm sure this one brings a smile to the face of a lot of younger readers, and I'm glad there's a comic for them, because everyone should get a comic that's aimed at them!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    I love the artwork and characterization in this series, but the stories themselves aren't totally doing it for me. I'll probably keep reading since the vintage thing and the concentration on women superheroes is totally my jam. But I'm not as enthused about it as I thought I'd be.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Pie

    Oh boy I was not expecting a major character to actually DIE yet! Just as good as the previous volume, with more female superheroes wherever you turn (unless you count John Constantine who is currently stuck in the form of a rabbit) and also the BATFAMILY yay.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    Cool concept, gorgeous art, but the story is difficult to follow and really disjointed :( I'd rather just have it be a full collection of Wonder Woman stories, another run with Mera stories, etc. etc.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jess

    I really just kind of want my review to be the streaming tear face emoji, but that's probably not doable. I am still super into this! I think it's a little busy, both plot and character wise, but that doesn't take away from the enjoyment I am getting out of reading them. Would recommend.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Hadas Sloin

    DC Bombshells is my new official non-guilty pleasure. I seriously can't get enough of the style and kick-ass characters! I especially loved Mera in this volume.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Vincent Darlage

    Lots of fun reading this last night. Interesting take on the super-heroines.

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