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The Batgirls are back...but some will be called to leave Gotham City behind. Alysia and Felicity head for Hawaii to investigate the mysterious radio signals causing trouble across the world, but they find a new voice for the revolution! However, their findings leave the Bombshells divided! The Batgirls are determined to track down the source of their friends' misfortunes, and The Batgirls are back...but some will be called to leave Gotham City behind. Alysia and Felicity head for Hawaii to investigate the mysterious radio signals causing trouble across the world, but they find a new voice for the revolution! However, their findings leave the Bombshells divided! The Batgirls are determined to track down the source of their friends' misfortunes, and their investigation leads to an eerie spit of land, where a lone radio tower projects a deadly signal that curses all who hear it. Spinning off of the hit DC Collectibles statue line, Marguerite Bennett (Earth 2: World's End) concludes this alternate reality where super-powered women are on the front lines fighting for justice!


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The Batgirls are back...but some will be called to leave Gotham City behind. Alysia and Felicity head for Hawaii to investigate the mysterious radio signals causing trouble across the world, but they find a new voice for the revolution! However, their findings leave the Bombshells divided! The Batgirls are determined to track down the source of their friends' misfortunes, and The Batgirls are back...but some will be called to leave Gotham City behind. Alysia and Felicity head for Hawaii to investigate the mysterious radio signals causing trouble across the world, but they find a new voice for the revolution! However, their findings leave the Bombshells divided! The Batgirls are determined to track down the source of their friends' misfortunes, and their investigation leads to an eerie spit of land, where a lone radio tower projects a deadly signal that curses all who hear it. Spinning off of the hit DC Collectibles statue line, Marguerite Bennett (Earth 2: World's End) concludes this alternate reality where super-powered women are on the front lines fighting for justice!

30 review for Bombshells: United, Vol. 3: Taps

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nikki

    A sweet ending, but very rushed. It's quite a task to craft a story with so many characters, let alone give them all a satisfying ending.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Cande

    the gay moment that I have been waiting for since volume 1, thank you, Marguerite 😭😭

  3. 5 out of 5

    The Library Ladies

    (originally reviewed at thelibraryladies.com ) We’ve come to the point that I have been dreading basically since I first picked up the “Bombshells” books: the end. At first I dreaded the end because I loved the stories so very much. I remember the absolute joy I felt when reading the very first collection, “Enlisted”. I was blown away by the creativity, the feminism, the diversity, and the optimistic spunkiness, all being showcased in an alternate WWII universe. But once we got into “Bombshells: United” (originally reviewed at thelibraryladies.com ) We’ve come to the point that I have been dreading basically since I first picked up the “Bombshells” books: the end. At first I dreaded the end because I loved the stories so very much. I remember the absolute joy I felt when reading the very first collection, “Enlisted”. I was blown away by the creativity, the feminism, the diversity, and the optimistic spunkiness, all being showcased in an alternate WWII universe. But once we got into “Bombshells: United”, and the series was abruptly cancelled by DC, my dread became less about missing the stories, and more about how much they had to wrap up in a short amount of time. And, unfortunately, my fears were not unfounded. “Bombshells United: Taps” was an unfocused and rushed mess of an ending. But first, as always, let’s look at the positive. And there is a good amount of positive before I get to the negative, specifically the entire first half of this collection. The second to last arc of the series not only brings back The Bat Girls, but it also ropes in The Suicide Squad, Black Canary, and introduces Bumblebee! When a mysterious signal is going out over a pirate radio station, it turns listeners into violent, hypnotized automatons. The Batgirls, specifically Alyssa and Felicity, just want to know who has incapacitated their friends. The Suicide Squad has orders to take out Black Canary, as it’s her radio station AND her lover Oliver Queen has gone missing. Two scrappy side teams with very different ethos converging in Hawai’i was a very fun and suspenseful storyline, and anything that is going to showcase Dinah Lance is going to get positive snaps from me. Both the Batgirls and The Suicide Squad have different approaches on how to handle this situation, but as they all start to lose friends to the mysterious radio waves they have to find a way to work together to try and take it down. This side story was a fun one, and the solution harkened back to an older storyline, which I quite enjoyed seeing wrapped up in such a way. It felt like an appropriate send off for The Suicide Squad and The Bat Girls before this series has it’s final farewell, and a nice arc for Dinah Lance that fits her at times morally ambiguous personality. But the last half, which is the final wrap up of the entire series, was confounding. I want to make clear that I do NOT completely fault Bennett and the other creative minds behind “Bombshells: United” for how this all went down. After all, to be cancelled so suddenly with so many open storylines and brand new ideas had to be not only devastating, but daunting. How could they properly wrap up so many things with such limited time left? It’s a monumental task no matter how you slice it. But instead of perhaps focusing on the core group of women and characters who started out the story, and giving them proper, well thought out send offs, instead it was decided that EVERYONE needs to be addressed, and that we need to wrap up the ENTIRE WAR in spite of the fact we left off in 1944, and we’ve barely addressed much outside of the Western Front! So the final wrap up jumps from Wonder Woman and her gang in one place, to Harley and Ivy in another, to Supergirl and her gang in another, AND YET STILL FEELS A NEED TO INTRODUCE NEW CHARACTERS AND THREATS, in the forms of Parademons, The Black Lanterns, and Lena Luther who happens to be an ALIEN (oh and so is LEX). Oh, and guess who else decides to show up? THE JOKER. As if it wasn’t already a bit nuts that Joker’s Daughter, whom we haven’t seen since the original Bombshells series, pops back in in hopes of snatching up Zatanna AGAIN. No, we also have to throw in THE JOKER, just so Harley can have her ‘I REJECT YOU, YOU BAD BOYFRIEND!’ moment that didn’t feel at all necessary, especially since her relationship with him was barely touched upon AND didn’t seem to have any kind of baggage remaining until this very moment. Why are you wasting time with this when there are so many Bombshells that need addressing? Oh, and The Flash even shows up for a couple of frames, and gets her own wrap up at the end for some reason in spite of the fact she for real pops in, and pops out, and everyone is like ‘who was that?’ So we are STILL introducing new Bombshells when I feel like the focus really ought to be on trying to do justice to the ones you already had, especially when you only have a couple issues to wrap up an entire war and a plethora of storylines. And so unfortunately, when you have a lot of characters and a lot of storylines that need to be wrapped up, none of them feel like they get their due, and a number of them get killed off in unceremonious berserker ways like Family FREAKIN’ Tyrell in “Game of Thrones”. But even there at least they got a send off; for some of our Bombshells that we’ve been following since the first arcs, it happens off page and barely gets a note of acknowledgement. And then we get an “American Graffiti’ style wrap up with a ‘here is how they all ended up’ montage. It’s fine, but it’s a bit twee, and it is another reminder that there was so much going on, and so many characters who were barely given anything to do in the last story. It’s Selina who wraps everything up for us as she’s prepping Bruce Wayne to become a ‘space age’ superhero, while reminding him that, essentially, he ain’t shit compared to the ladies she’s seen in her day (oh and since his parents aren’t dead he was raised with hope and love, because remember, there is nothing more powerful in this universe than the power of LOVE). Look, ultimately I am going to have fond, fond memories of “Bombshells” as a whole, because while the ending was rough, I can’t place all blame on the creators. And the entire first series was so inspirational and important. Hell, the “United” series has some solid moments as well, some of which are in this issue. I think that the unbridled ambition came back to bite it in the ass, as nothing is guaranteed in this very unfair world where you can keep rebooting tired male superheroes/villains over and over, and women characters need to be ten times more interesting to be even given a shot to keep going. It’s unfair. It’s frustrating. But it doesn’t change that the ending to this series was lackluster, and that isn’t just on the injustice of it being cancelled too soon. Goodbye, Bombshells. You will definitely be missed.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ma'Belle

    I'm happy to be able to say that Marguerite Bennett ended her 7-volume Bombshells series on a good note! Despite having to tie everything up rather hastily towards the end, this was one of the better trades.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Edward Davies

    This final volume was pretty good, but I really wish they'd stick to one artist for once. It got a little distracting.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jess

    I'm really glad I read this series. It needed to be over, but I will miss it.

  7. 5 out of 5

    ElphaReads

    2.5 Stars I'm sorry to say that BOMBSHELLS: UNITED wrapped up in a haphazard and muddled way. While I really liked the first arc in this collection (involving the Bat Girls and Suicide Squad going to Hawai'i to investigate a mysterious radio signal that hypnotizes people), the final arc attempted to wrap up lots and lots of BOMBSHELLS storylines AND an entire war in only a couple of issues. I know that part of this is because of how the series was cancelled unceremoniously, but at the 2.5 Stars I'm sorry to say that BOMBSHELLS: UNITED wrapped up in a haphazard and muddled way. While I really liked the first arc in this collection (involving the Bat Girls and Suicide Squad going to Hawai'i to investigate a mysterious radio signal that hypnotizes people), the final arc attempted to wrap up lots and lots of BOMBSHELLS storylines AND an entire war in only a couple of issues. I know that part of this is because of how the series was cancelled unceremoniously, but at the same time I don't think it was just the unexpected cancellation that can account for the frenzied mess that the last arc was. I'm going to miss this series very much, but I wish it could have ended on a higher note.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Butcher

    Overall I may have liked the Bombshells concept more than the actual stories. I do enjoy World War II era stories and the models were cool concepts. But I wish they would use the Mera design more. The story is fine, but the final arc is attempting to rush it all to the end including heroes which we have not seen in a long time. So we get some threats that I feel may have been for future issues which she did not get to so it's like oh when did that emergency start. Basically, if feels Overall I may have liked the Bombshells concept more than the actual stories. I do enjoy World War II era stories and the models were cool concepts. But I wish they would use the Mera design more. The story is fine, but the final arc is attempting to rush it all to the end including heroes which we have not seen in a long time. So we get some threats that I feel may have been for future issues which she did not get to so it's like oh when did that emergency start. Basically, if feels like the end is super condensed. Also, in trying to make our heroes different than our typical models, well I feel like these reenvisioned heroes become very much copies of each other where they begin to lack diversity within the group.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sesana

    This final volume does wrap everything up, but it has to do so very, very quickly. It feels like it was canceled a good three or four issues before Bennett expected, so all the things she wanted to settle had to be done in shorthand. That leads to the last couple of issues kind of being a chaotic mess. Which is kind of a shame, because there's a lot of heart in this series, and I feel like it deserved a more graceful send off.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Brandt

    In some of my more naive moments, I want to believe that I live in the kind of world I would like to live and then I remember who the fucking president of the United States is and the kind of people who support him and I remember that I don't. I wonder if Marguerite Bennett feels the same way. As I have said in previous reviews of DC Comics Bombsells , it's obvious that since Bennett is not repping that her stories are in the "real" DC Universe, she's able to present the world as she w In some of my more naive moments, I want to believe that I live in the kind of world I would like to live and then I remember who the fucking president of the United States is and the kind of people who support him and I remember that I don't. I wonder if Marguerite Bennett feels the same way. As I have said in previous reviews of DC Comics Bombsells , it's obvious that since Bennett is not repping that her stories are in the "real" DC Universe, she's able to present the world as she would want it to be, and DC editorial seemed to be fine with letting her do it, unlike, say, the creative team on Batwoman. Unfortunately, in my better moments I forget that the world is full of assholes, and at some point, DC editorial let Bennett know they were pulling the plug. I've wondered since the title had changed from DC Comics Bombshells to DC Comics Bombshells: United if Bennett knew that she was on the short leash. The first United collection doesn't belie this, but the War Bonds collection certainly felt like it. Unfortunately, Taps is much of the same, if not worse. Unlike some of the previous trades, this one feels rushed, especially since there was a promise in earlier collections that Bennett had takes on both Green Lantern and the Flash ready to go, and while these folks appear in this volume, there's no setup to the point where you will be scratching your head as to why Parallax shows up, seemingly out of nowhere. Of course, DC has the right to put an end to something they are paying people to produce if it isn't meeting sales expectations. It just sucks that we don't live in the world I want to live in where these stories would be valued more than they are.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jamie Revell

    Bombshells finally comes to a close with a climactic storyline that brings us to the end of WWII. Initially, we have a story featuring the Batgirls and Suicide Squad, that eventually escalates to bring in many more characters. This works reasonably well, although we've ventured far enough from real-world history by this point that some of the impact has faded, and the constantly changing artists don't always help. The second half of the collection is largely a long-drawn-out fight, flipping between short Bombshells finally comes to a close with a climactic storyline that brings us to the end of WWII. Initially, we have a story featuring the Batgirls and Suicide Squad, that eventually escalates to bring in many more characters. This works reasonably well, although we've ventured far enough from real-world history by this point that some of the impact has faded, and the constantly changing artists don't always help. The second half of the collection is largely a long-drawn-out fight, flipping between short scenes across the world. On the plus side, it brings in some of the new bombshells we were promised a volume-and-a-bit back, but, on the downside, they get a single page at best, and often just a panel or two. Yes, Bennett is obviously trying to convey the scope of the conflict, but we're left with a feeling that there was so much more story to tell that we never got to see. In short, there was simply too much to cover in the number of issues that remained before cancellation. The actual final issue, set in 1960, and showing us how the world has moved on since the main story finished, is brilliant, following up on all the loose bits of story that were left - and the rapid-fire summary actually works in this instance. But it's not enough on its own to raise the collection above the average. 3.5 stars, perhaps, but I'm going to have to round down.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    So sad that this series is finished! An incredible send off though.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Deborah

    The second half/ending was better than the first half. Wish they had done a better job with the editing.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Joseph

    A great finale to a fantastic series. I just hate to see it end.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Holly

  16. 4 out of 5

    C.M. Sturdy

  17. 5 out of 5

    Erica McGillivray

  18. 5 out of 5

    keerthana

  19. 5 out of 5

    Craig Little

  20. 5 out of 5

    Morgan

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

  22. 5 out of 5

    Joana

  23. 5 out of 5

    Clara

  24. 4 out of 5

    Bee

  25. 4 out of 5

    Dena Burnett

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jessie

  27. 5 out of 5

    Brenna Edwards

  28. 5 out of 5

    InJokeTaken

  29. 4 out of 5

    Meghannf

  30. 4 out of 5

    Batmanthebest98 Jormei

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