Whether you’re a comic book fan or model collector, there’s been buzz around the announcement of the D.C. Bombshells. Wonder Woman, Supergirl, and Poison Ivy were given a World War II makeover in Ant Lucia’s take on bomber plane pinups.
The wait is almost over for the first three models in the series. Supergirl and Wonder Woman are scheduled for release in September and Poison Ivy in October. (Pre-order is recommended as these lovely ladies have been projected to sell out – a limited release of 5,200 is planned for each.)
The delight is in the details
You’d think that bomber plane pinup girl-inspired art would mean a few slinky ruffles and heels to call it good. What I love about this series is that artist Ant Lucia makes each girl so much more through his attention to detail.
Every D.C. heroine (or villain, as the case my be) has that special something that makes her stand out: Supergirl and her red cape, Wonder Woman and her lasso, Poison Ivy and her… well… ivy.
Ant Lucia doesn’t rely on the traditional icons to make each Bombshell stand out. He takes a creative angle through the subtle details. “I think [the digital medium] gives the illustration such a sharp, polished look that I couldn’t get with my hand-drawn stuff. I’m also a nut when it comes to details, so it allows me to zoom in and go crazy on the smallest of details the viewer may not even notice… but I know it’s there!” (source)
I love that this creative brilliance and subtle wit presents itself in the three new Bombshells to join the collection!
Bats fly, last I checked. It only makes sense to make Batgirl a pilot! (Now she just needs to be piloting a plane with her likeness painted on the side. So meta.)
The bat motif makes an appearance in three obvious areas on her costume – but do you see them repeated as a scalloped design element? The front of her “wingtip” boots, the bottom of her corset coming to a point, the frills along the top of the corset, and of course the cape echo the bat wings.
Batgirl is scheduled to land February 2014.
This deadly Bird of Prey member is the newest addition to the collection – so new that she has yet to make an appearance on D.C.’s website.
Ant Lucia’s Black Canary screams rockabilly sensibilities: the pencil skirt. The anklet heels. The plaid shirt. The dark eyeliner. The hairstyle. The tattoo!
Speaking of tattoo – here’s another fun detail: it’s a burning heart with “Oliver” printed in the middle. Did you know that Black Canary is married to Green Arrow (a.k.a. Oliver Queen), D.C.’s modern Robin Hood and billionaire playboy? Adorbs.
Like Batgirl, Black Canary has a collection of hidden design surprises.
The bird motif can be found on her lapel, hanging from her choker necklace, and on the amplifier in the original concept art. The name of the group she’s singing for is presumably called Birds of Prey – it says so on the amp (and, of course, that’s the name of her superhero team).
The best element of her design is how Ant Lucia decided to present her: as a singer. And her name is Black Canary. Sing, little bird! So clever.
I’m saving my favorite design for last – my favorite because of all the hidden design treats adorning her (especially on the concept art).
Harley Quinn can be best described as a kamikaze bomber pilot – she’s got less restraint and more loose screws than Pilot Batgirl.
Her design walks that line of being obsessed about Batman and being obsessed with sending Batman to his maker (while always remaining faithful to her Mister J).
Harley’s riding a bomb deadly intent on Gotham – says so right there. Joker’s grin is painted on the skull in the front. The bomb count is represented on the side with a bunch of mini bombs in the shape of Batman’s silhouetted head.
But maybe she’s already got Batman in her clutches? Harley certainly seems to be hauling a few of his supplies with her: she’s using one of Batman’s lassoes to pilot the bomb. She has a utility belt, similar to Batgirl’s, with Batman’s emblem on the buckle. Attached to her gun is a keychain of a little masked crusader.
There are other little Harley themes sprinkled around her ensemble: the diamonds, the jester-esque shoe collars, bells as earrings, jester face paint, and those WILD EYES.
And if you had any doubts about her loyalty, there’s a Joker playing card popping out above her thigh-high socks.
Harley Quinn in slated to land December 2013.
The hidden details keep my eyes open for new additions to the series. There’s so much to love about the D.C. Bombshells.
Rumor has it that Ant Lucia may be working on Catwoman next – he mentioned he’s excited to see what he can do with her presentation.
Which D.C. Bombshell babe are you the most excited for?