DC Bombshells Soars Ahead with New Statues, Bombshell Batgirl Annual
When DC Comics Bombshells began back in 2013 as a line of DC superheroine statues based on the retro-pinup art of Ant Lucia, I don't think anyone expected that to lead to a popular digital-first comic, a big mostly-female fanbase, and a line of clothing from Hot Topic.
But here we are in 2016, and the Bombshells are going strong, and the credit for that has to be shared between Lucia, writer Marguerite Bennett, artist Marguerite Sauvage, and the other artists who've worked on the comic. Now the next stage in the Bombshells' expansion has been unveiled, including an upcoming annual and new Bombshells merchandise.
Via The Hollywood Reporter, DC announced the first DC Comics Bombshells Annual, coming this August from Bennett and artist Elsa Charretier, who recently worked on the just-ended Starfire series. The annual focuses on this world's version of Barbara Gordon, also know as The Bloody Batgirl of World War I. Recent Bombshells issues have revealed significant differences between this world's Barbara Gordon and the one from DC's Batgirl, so it's exciting to know that readers will get to learn her story here.
In January 2017, a new statue arrives in the line that started all this. It's Katana, featuring a new design by Ant Lucia. By then, the character will be widely known as one of the stars of Suicide Squad, in addition to her recent appearances on the CW's Arrow.
But fans won't have to wait till 2017 for new Bombshells statues. In October, the first three DC Comics Bombshells busts will be released, featuring Wonder Woman, Supergirl, and Mera in their snazzy World War II uniforms. The busts are based on designs by Supergirl artist Emanuela Lupacchino.
The Art of DC Comics Bombshells also arrives in October, a hardcover book of Bombshells art and design by Ant Lucia, Emanuela Lupacchino, Des Taylor, and Terry & Rachel Dodson. It features art never before seen by the public, and will retail for $39.99.