In “DC Comics Bombshells” #11, many of the series’ characters finally unite and the Battle of Britain kicks into high gear. However, while Marguerite Bennett, Mirka Andolfo and Laura Braga’s comic is fun overall, it feels like there’s a slightly mixed message between the art and the dialogue.
I love the strength the female characters in “DC Comics Bombshells,” and I mean far more than their physical prowess. Bennett’s story continues to make these characters strong in spirit; faced with unrealistic odds of survival, the characters charge forward and rally together to continually fight back. I also love how much these characters like one another; rather than constantly fighting and bickering with each other, the protagonists show a strong level of acceptance and support. For instance, when Diana finally kisses Steve, Mera’s response isn’t one of anger; instead, she laughs about how she was Diana’s first, and that Steve better take good care of Diana. It’s refreshing, as is the charming moment between Kimiyo and Barda.
The one thing I’m a little unsure on is the art. At times, it feels like the characters are slipping a bit too much into the realm of the notorious boobs-and-butts pose, enough so that it distracts from the overall message. Andolfo draws the majority of the issue, and there’s a lot of cleavage and thigh on display on those pages. Andolfo’s design for Starwoman’s outfit feels really skimpy, and Barda’s “Come to mama, kiddos!” moment loses all of its potential power by focusing the reader’s view right down her top, even as the bottom of her skirt hikes up perilously high. When Braga draws the middle third of the comic, this is much less on display; if nothing else, Barda gains a shirt underneath her jacket to cover things up somewhat. It’s frustrating when this crops up, because both artists do a good job of storytelling overall — doubly so when you consider most of these pages had to be designed so that they could be chopped in half for their digital debuts — but there’s a level of skin on display that you’d never get if this was an all-male team-up set in the same time period.
Overall, “DC Comics Bombshells” #11 continues to bring the fun to life. I like that Bennett’s brought just about all of the characters to the same spot to work together; what’s more, there’s so much potential here that it seems like this series could run for years to come. With some slight artistic tweaks, I’d most definitely welcome that. Even in its contradictions between art and text, though, “DC Comics Bombshells” is a winner.