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Written By: Marguerite Bennett Art By: Ted Naifeh, Doug Garbark Digital Price: $0.99 Release Date: August 26, 2015
*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*
Due to our busy ass schedule with last week's five plus hour podcast, I wasn't able to get this review done, but a week late isn't that bad right? Come on give me a break already! Anyway, we'll be diving back into this World War II world of DC Comics: Bombshells where we'll continue the recruiting process by checking out all the main players of this book...... and as we'll see here, some of the villains besides for the obvious Nazi threat. Let's jump into this issue and see what's going down. Let's check it out.
Our story begins in Germany in 1940...... which while the year remains the same, the location being in Germany really gets me excited because that makes me think of some double agent action. Sadly though, right from the get go this issue loses my interest because while I know that we're in Germany and Germans do speak German....... I don't need to see that. It doesn't last long, but come on. I know we're in Germany, let's move past that. We eventually do when we see some Nazis enter a nightclub where they are met by The Joker's Daughter of all people.... don't worry, it's not the one we all despise. Instead, we get a Madam like figure in lingerie........ who looks like she hasn't seen a dentist in like forever......gross. Once Joker's Daughter welcomes in the soldiers and they have a seat, the show begins. Through some impressive pyrotechnic work, Zatanna moves her way onto the stage....... and sings a song...... I know this is supposed to be trying to set a mood, but I don't actually need to see the whole number.
Once the song and dance number is over, we see that there is more to Zatanna in this world than a pair a legs and a voice when she outs one of the Nazi soldiers as a double agent....... and wouldn't ya know it, Constantine makes his debut into this series. After a magical skirmish, Zatanna gets the upper hand and turns our brash Brit into a bunny. Before anyone in the club can make sense of what is going on, they're bombarded by the painful laughter of the Joker's Daughter who just finds the bunny trick hilarious.
In the end, Joker's Daughter beckons the soldiers into the next room for the real show and we see that Constantine might not be the only double agent when she whispers to the bunny to play dead. Obviously, fearing his own neck, Constantine complies and our story ends with us finding out that Joker's Daughter is using the knowledge that Zatanna is a Jew against her in order to keep her subservient..... that and there's something they call "The Master" in the back room and you know that can't be a pleasant thing.
That's it for this issue of DC Comics: Bombshells and while I welcome the inclusion of Joker's Daughter, Zatanna and Constantine into this story, there just seemed to be too much filler going on in this book for me to really enjoy it. We had walks down the street with soldiers singing in German, Zatanna having a whole song and dance number and all it came down to is Zatanna is here against her will....... that's about it. This is a short book already and filler just seems insulting. Besides for that though, the art was really great in this book and I look forward to seeing what these characters do from here on out........ hopefully it's something important.
Bits and Pieces:
While I dig the characters involved in this issue and the change of scenery, this chapter just doesn't do much to really move the story forward and that is made abundantly clear with all the filler in this book. There is promise to this particular story, but it still lies in the future. Luckily the art was great and it had a decent cliffhanger, but besides for that and the new characters...... not much goes on here.