Mera disappeared during the Battle of London, with things really not looking good for her. At least part of this issue deals with what happened to her. It’s a very nicely done story, and features one of the very rare male characters in the “Bombshells” era. From the ocean, the issue moves to Berlin, where we learn more about what’s been happening to Zatanna and John Constantine. A new character makes her Bombshell debut during that sequence, and there’s the return of the Joker’s Daughter.
After consigning Zee and John to a nasty fate, Joker’s Daughter gets more visitors. Harley and Ivy come calling, and it’s not a pleasant visit for anyone. A lot more of this version of Harley’s past is revealed. The scene ends with something a lot of fans have wondered/debated about with Harley and Ivy.
Plot: I’ll give the plot a high 3.5 out of 5. I really enjoyed Mera’s story here, and the rest were ok. The ongoing threat of the Tenebrae continues to lurk in the background and threaten the various… well, they’re not all heroes.
Art: Much like Dynamite’s Legenderry series, a lot of the appeal here is the new looks to familiar characters in a different setting. The characters all look very good here, particularly Mera. I’ll give the art a 3.5 out of 5 as well.
Positives: We learn more about several characters, get a hint about a new one, and see Mera get a chance at being happy. I enjoyed all that. I have also always liked the Harley and Ivy pairing, and they work well together here.
Negatives: Harley is in her odd Christmas themed costume on the cover, which appears nowhere in the book. And while she’s very prominent in the issue, I’ve just plain never liked Joker’s Daughter as a character. Even the name is clunky. And while I’m generally a really big Zatanna fan, I don’t like her “Bombshell” look. It doesn’t quite work for me. I’m not sure why.
The series has a whole has been fun, and I’ll stick around for a while to see where it goes next.
Writer: Marguerite Bennett
Artist: Laura Braga and Mirka Andolfo
Colorist: J. Namian and Wendy Broome
Letterer: Wes Abbott
Cover: Ant Lucia