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Spinning off of the hit DC Collectibles statue line, the incredible Bombshells reunite once again in a brand-new story about the greatest heroines the world has ever known! Kate Kane, the all-American Batwoman; Diana f Themyscira, warrior princess of the Amazons; Kara Starikov and Kortni Duginovna, defenders of Mother Russia; and Mera, royal daughter of the legendary Atlant Spinning off of the hit DC Collectibles statue line, the incredible Bombshells reunite once again in a brand-new story about the greatest heroines the world has ever known! Kate Kane, the all-American Batwoman; Diana f Themyscira, warrior princess of the Amazons; Kara Starikov and Kortni Duginovna, defenders of Mother Russia; and Mera, royal daughter of the legendary Atlantis come together once again in an action packed, female-empowering story: THE BOMBSHELLS! Marguerite Bennett (Earth 2: World's End) delivers once again in this alternate reality where super-powered women are on the front lines fighting for justice! Collects Bombshells United #7-12.


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Spinning off of the hit DC Collectibles statue line, the incredible Bombshells reunite once again in a brand-new story about the greatest heroines the world has ever known! Kate Kane, the all-American Batwoman; Diana f Themyscira, warrior princess of the Amazons; Kara Starikov and Kortni Duginovna, defenders of Mother Russia; and Mera, royal daughter of the legendary Atlant Spinning off of the hit DC Collectibles statue line, the incredible Bombshells reunite once again in a brand-new story about the greatest heroines the world has ever known! Kate Kane, the all-American Batwoman; Diana f Themyscira, warrior princess of the Amazons; Kara Starikov and Kortni Duginovna, defenders of Mother Russia; and Mera, royal daughter of the legendary Atlantis come together once again in an action packed, female-empowering story: THE BOMBSHELLS! Marguerite Bennett (Earth 2: World's End) delivers once again in this alternate reality where super-powered women are on the front lines fighting for justice! Collects Bombshells United #7-12.

30 review for Bombshells: United, Vol. 2: War Bonds

  1. 5 out of 5

    The Library Ladies

    (originally reviewed at thelibraryladies.com ) I’m feeling a bit morose that this is going to be the second to last “Bombshells” story collection for the foreseeable future. I’ve moved on from being angry to depressed when it comes to this series being cancelled, and I’m thinking that I’m moving closer and closer to acceptance. There are a couple of reasons for this acceptance that are more on the unfortunate side, but more on that in a little bit. Because at the end of the day I still think tha (originally reviewed at thelibraryladies.com ) I’m feeling a bit morose that this is going to be the second to last “Bombshells” story collection for the foreseeable future. I’ve moved on from being angry to depressed when it comes to this series being cancelled, and I’m thinking that I’m moving closer and closer to acceptance. There are a couple of reasons for this acceptance that are more on the unfortunate side, but more on that in a little bit. Because at the end of the day I still think that it is a damn travesty that DC cancelled this title just because of how unique it is and how it covers a vast swath of characters who come from diverse backgrounds and give diverse voices to the stories they are telling. And now it sounds like I’m reverting back towards anger, so before that happens let’s get to the nitty gritty of what worked, and what didn’t, in “Bombshells United: War Bonds”. It’s been a little while, but we once again have caught up with Kate Kane and Renée Montoya, aka Batwoman and The Question. They have moved on from their final battle and have ended up back in Spain, where they first met and fell in love. But it’s also where they lost their adopted son Jasón, when mercenary The Cheetah murdered him for the hell of it. The loss is still gaping, and while Kate and Renée have found each other again the pain lingers. I liked that we got to see their grief in this way, as something that will always be with them, even if it isn’t as all encompassing as it had been initially. This theme of grief is where the crux of this story comes in, post-Franco Spain,’s new ruler is a whole new tyrant that we know as Black Adam, who is also haunted by a terrible loss from his past. He is looking for a way to resurrect his dead queen Isis, and has heard of a pit with magical powers that can bring people back to life. But it’s Kate and Renée who stumble upon it first, finding this Lazarus pit in the middle of an underground labyrinth. And who else do they find there, but Talia Al Ghul and Cheetah. And Cheetah is there because she has brought Jasón back to life, as she is now driven by guilt and a need for forgiveness and redemption. Okay folks, it’s real talk time. I really, REALLY appreciate that Bennett is trying to think beyond the usual physical and violent conflict resolution that we see in superhero stories, and I understand that it’s a fun way to show that women’s roles and stereotypes of being peacemakers and nurturers can be subverted into something powerful enough to stand up against super villainy. But, for the love of God, this is the fourth time that a nemesis has seen the evil of their ways thanks to spending time with the Bombshells (or in Cheetah’s and Paula Van Gunther’s cases, just kind of needing the conflict resolution to fit an upcoming plot device), and it is getting old. I am all for redemption arcs, and I think that it’s especially important that bad women in fiction get these arcs since it feels like men do when it suits the storyteller. But I want them to be complex and interesting, not just tossed together in a moment because of peace love and understanding. It also makes it so that our cast of villains becomes smaller and smaller, and you instead need to introduce new (albeit familiar) antagonists to stir the pot, like Black Adam. I will admit that I’m not as familiar with him, as Shazam (aka Miri Marvel as she is in this story) was never a title that I got into very much. But even if I had been into him, I feel like introducing a new huge big bad at this point was just another example of fantasy bloat that “Bombshells” is starting to see more of. That makes it sound like that I didn’t like anything about this turn of events, and that’s not totally true. Like many stories with similar themes that come before it, Kate and Renée will have to contend with the unforeseen consequences of Jasón’s resurrection. Though it isn’t full on zombie Jasón or anything like that, you do get the sense as the story goes on that perhaps things won’t be as happily ever after as Cheetah intended it to be. I also liked that for Kate and Renée, Cheetah’s actions weren’t automatically welcomed with open arms. They didn’t forgive her automatically because of this, and I thought that that was a realistic and refreshing turn of events. It’s one thing of the Batgirls or Wonder Girls are able to take a former enemy into the fold and show them compassion. But Harvey Dent and Clayface didn’t murder their kids just for the fun of it. I thought that Bennett hit that nail on the head, that atonement doesn’t automatically earn forgiveness. The art in this collection worked better for me than it did in “Bombshells United: American Soil”, mainly because it didn’t feel as cutesy. There were also nice moments of pondering or waxing poetic on mythology that felt more muted and subdued, and I really took to it. Maybe it helped that during one of these sequences Kate ACTUALLY ACKNOWLEDGED THAT MAGGIE SAWYER IS STILL BACK HOME WAITING FOR HER. In any case, I thought that the design worked well and added a lot to the retro style narrative. As mentioned above, we are only getting one more collection of “Bombshells United” before it’s over. One more. There are so many things that haven’t really been addressed across the other characters, and given that there has been a new explosion of characters I’m worried that the focus is in no way going to be brought back to where it needs to be to have a totally satisfying ending where all loose ends get tied up. And while that is in part certainly the fault of the cancellation (I’m sure that Bennett had lots of really good ideas and paths on how and when she was going to take them on), it’s also in part an example of why exploding character rosters and plot lines can come back and bite you in the butt. As I slide closer to acceptance that this series has ended, I hope that in the next, and final, issue I will walk away with some satisfaction. And that Kate, Diana, Kara, Harley, and all the rest are given their due that they so richly deserve.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    [Read as single issues] War has been raging now for many years, and the Bombshells seem to be no closer to a resolution despite their many victories. But for Kate Kane and Renée Montoya, a reprieve is in sight. When a magical labyrinth and a pit of healing water returns their lost son to them and offers them sanctuary from the fighting, it could be time for them to throw in the towel. But Miri Marvel can’t stop Black Adam alone, and what is dead should never live again – but is that reason enough [Read as single issues] War has been raging now for many years, and the Bombshells seem to be no closer to a resolution despite their many victories. But for Kate Kane and Renée Montoya, a reprieve is in sight. When a magical labyrinth and a pit of healing water returns their lost son to them and offers them sanctuary from the fighting, it could be time for them to throw in the towel. But Miri Marvel can’t stop Black Adam alone, and what is dead should never live again – but is that reason enough for Kate and Renée to throw away what could be their one chance at happiness? Kate Kane’s always been the main character of Bombshells, when you boil down to it. She was the one that started it all, and is probably the character that appears the most, so it’s about time she show up in Bombshells United. She and Renée’s history is front and centre in this arc, and it’s the driving force behind the conclusion as well. Of course, Marguerite Bennett manages to mesh in her versions of Black Adam and Talia Al Ghul as well, fleshing out the already rich and vibrant world of Bombshells with some more iconic characters. The scope of this arc is much more personal than the previous one, really homing in on the two main characters and showcasing how far they’ve come, how much they’ve lost, and how much they can still lose. The lens widens up again nearer the end as Black Adam and Miri Marvel take centre stage, but the themes that are prevalent in the earlier issues carry through as Black Adam is faced with the same dilemma as Kate and Renée are. I feel like what really hurts me when writing these Bombshells reviews is that I know how the series ends. It’s truncated and rushed, and had so much potential, which makes arcs like this seem like they’re focusing on things that aren’t important when we could have had so much more in terms of the broader story. They’re great character pieces, and I really like the story, but it just feels like we didn’t have the time to spend on these things. I don’t want to penalize this arc, or the next one for the same reason, but looking at these stories in retrospect just makes me sad, and it really shouldn’t. It’s the usual suspects on art for this arc, with Stephen Byrne and Mirka Andolfo tackling most of the chapters, while the likes of Richard Ortiz, Siya Oum, and Sandy Jarrell also show up here and there. Bombshells was never the most consistent in terms of art style, but it was pretty high on the art quality, and I’m glad that that’s continued over into Bombshells United. Bombshells United’s second arc is a success all around, in terms of characters, artwork, and world building. The only real problem with it is retrospective; if you take it as it is, Bombshells readers will enjoy it immensely. But if you take it as part of Bombshells United as a whole, it’ll make you feel more than a little sad.

  3. 4 out of 5

    ElphaReads

    It was great seeing Kate Kane again, and I really did enjoy the plot line with the Lazarus pit. Plus, I liked the emotional upheaval that Kate and Renee had to face when Jacon came back from the dead all thanks to Cheetah, and the fallout from that. But, once again, this story is going for the 'the power of love can redeem all' theme, and it's starting to feel repetitive. This time it's Cheetah who has seen the error of her ways, and she feels so bad about her past misdeeds (because so does her It was great seeing Kate Kane again, and I really did enjoy the plot line with the Lazarus pit. Plus, I liked the emotional upheaval that Kate and Renee had to face when Jacon came back from the dead all thanks to Cheetah, and the fallout from that. But, once again, this story is going for the 'the power of love can redeem all' theme, and it's starting to feel repetitive. This time it's Cheetah who has seen the error of her ways, and she feels so bad about her past misdeeds (because so does her former ally Paula Van Gunther) that she wants to make it up to her former enemies and be on the side of right. That's fine. But it's starting to get a little old. I would like to see a bit more variety in how conflicts get resolved in these stories, and I would REALLY like to see a bit more growth and motivation beyond 'because it's the right thing to do'. I still really like this series and I really like the characters. But I do hope that the conflict resolution gets shaken up a bit as the story goes on.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Veronica

    I've been holding off on reviewing this volume for a while, but it turns out this hasn't helped me get my thoughts together. On the one hand, I think this was a big improvement on the first volume of Bombshells United -- it was much tighter as a narrative, fewer extraneous new characters, and a welcome return to Kate and Renee as protagonists. On the other: I have been waiting for Jason's resurrection since his character was introduced, and THIS is what I get? Excuse me. I can recognize that it' I've been holding off on reviewing this volume for a while, but it turns out this hasn't helped me get my thoughts together. On the one hand, I think this was a big improvement on the first volume of Bombshells United -- it was much tighter as a narrative, fewer extraneous new characters, and a welcome return to Kate and Renee as protagonists. On the other: I have been waiting for Jason's resurrection since his character was introduced, and THIS is what I get? Excuse me. I can recognize that it's a better narrative decision while still being absolutely furious about it. (Also, I'm kind of ehnnnn on Cheetah's redemption -- i think there's kind of a limit on how many Nazis can be good guys now, you know? Cheetah would have been a much better candidate than the Baroness, actually, which makes me even more annoyed at the attempted redemption arc in volume one. Sometimes villains are just bad! They don't all need to see the error of their ways!)

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I loved the story this one told. Bombshells United issues seem to be telling longer stories of one or A couple characters rather than small snippets of lots of characters. I still want to see more new characters get added, characters that the designs were already made - like green lantern and star fire. But I really enjoyed this issue. I love batwoman and Shazam - and maybe that’s why I’m rating this issue so highly.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    This volume was slightly better than the first one. This collection focuses on Kate Kane and Renee Montoya and their adventures in Spain. It was nice to have a collection that was just about Batwoman, some of the other Bombshells collections suffer from having too many Bombshells in the pot. I didn't find this Bombshells super compelling, but it wasn't terrible either. Just kinda meh.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    This still remains one of my favourite series. Loved the story of Batwoman in this one. So heartfelt and bittersweet. Mirka Adolfo's art was amazing as always too but Stephen Byrne's art and colouring absolutely blew me away. Stunning!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lara

    TALIAAAAAAAA.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Edward Davies

    This series isn't quite as good as the previous one featuring the Bombshells, and it's no surprise that volume 3 will be the last, but it's better than some of the stuff out there.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jess

    The art style seemed to change on this midway through, which was disconcerting. I felt very bad for Maggie Sawyer back in Gotham. She deserves better!!!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Joseph

    I love it, I love it, I love it! The Bombshell stories are fantastic retellings!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Butcher

    Solid war time story about relationships (bonds) and what they can mean for us...using superheroes.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Krysta

  14. 5 out of 5

    Nikki

  15. 5 out of 5

    Morgan

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sam

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ryn (Crafty_Bookworm)

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kaleb

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sandra

  20. 4 out of 5

    L. Petunia

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ivy Sarah Moe

  22. 5 out of 5

    Katrina

  23. 5 out of 5

    Hawk's Angel

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jen (Remembered Reads)

  25. 5 out of 5

    Briana

  26. 4 out of 5

    Joanna Abillama

  27. 4 out of 5

    Anneliese Wearn

  28. 4 out of 5

    Erin Beaven

  29. 5 out of 5

    Brooke Glazener

  30. 4 out of 5

    Katie

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