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Posted February 21, 2010
I feel I can be brief here because at this point you should already know something about Bomb Queen. If not, go read a review about Vol. 1 and come back later. This volume is called "The Good, the Bad and the Lovely" referring to the three characters this volume focuses on. One is Blacklight(the good), a superhero who has powers that involve shadow manipulation; Bomb Queen (the bad), ruler of her own city; and Rebound (the lovely, I guess) a young girl with powers who is sort of stuck in the middle of all the chaos.
If you take a look at the back cover, there is supposed to be a big revelation, and I think that for Bomb Queen fans, this must have been a great one. So far Bomb Queen is really just a nasty person who just kills and destroys without a care. There is nothing that seems to take her down and no one can really manage to dominate her.
I think (people who've read further may laugh at my prediction) that the big twist at the end will add depth to Bomb Queen's character. That's the big dividing line for people who might want to pick up this book. Bomb Queen is thoroughly unlikeable, and even if you are a complete perv, seeing naked illustrated breasts isn't exciting all the time, every time.
To suddenly make Bomb Queen be a sympathetic character would be a betrayal of who she is, but I would like to see another side of her at this point. The same gimmick of killing her citizens and superheroes gets old because she seems unstoppable.
Bomb Queen is definitely has no sympathy. Besides the Bomb Queen reveal at the end, you learn some details about Rebound and her family. It's a tragic, brutal story, but the Queen does not have a limit to her indifference.
Blacklight also gets caught up in the current plot to bring down the Queen and grows a bit as a character. She definitely shows a different side I haven't seen since she showed up in the previous volume.
I don't have much more to say about this volume. I think that if you appreciate the world of Bomb Queen, a super-villain who owns her own debaucherous city, then you have no excuse to pick this up, especially since it seems that the book might be taking a good turn after this.
If you don't like irredeemable villains, rampant violence, complete with over-the-top violence, and sexual content, then you read this review for too long!