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Bombshell

Alias: Amy Allen

Titans Member
Joined:
Teen Titans [third series] #38 [2006]

Bombshell Quick Bio: Facing jail, small-time criminal Amy Allen was recruited into a rogue military black ops unit. Grafted with extra-terrestrial metal and given military training, Amy was transformed into the quantum-wielding powerhouse known as Bombshell. Reckless as her namesake, Bombshell is learning to keep explosive personality in check.

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History


Explosive Origins

Army brat Amy Allen never was a quiet one. Her explosive personality led to trouble in her teen years, when she was arrested for assault and battery and faced jail time. Unknown to Amy, her father was the Colonel who oversaw “Project Quantum,” a clandestine splinter group whose objective was to create quantum-wielding soldiers to serve the US government. The Colonel secretly selected Amy for the program hoping it would give the girl a positive outlet for her aggressions. Using the same extra-terrestrial metal that comprises Captain Atom’s epidermis, the group grafted the metal onto Amy’s human skin. At that moment the quantum-wielding powerhouse known as Bombshell was born.

Bombshell’s back story is revealed in TEEN TITANS (third series) #41 [2006].

Colonel Allen was unaware that “Project Quantum”had been exploited by a rogue black ops unit within the government. This corrupt cabal made a habit of accepting dubious freelance contracts in addition to their own nefarious projects.

After the tragic events of the Infinite Crisis, the Teen Titans faced a year of heartache and turmoil. Deathstroke saw this as an opportunity to infiltrate the group and retrieve the computer disk which contained the spirit of his son, Jericho. To that end, Deathstroke hired Bombshell to join the Titans in a mission to liberate his son. Once in the tower, Bombshell stole the Jericho disk, only to have it stolen from her by Raven.


Bombshell’s explosive personality shines through in TEEN TITANS (third series) #39 [2006].

My Cover Is Blown

The reorganized Titans located Bombshell over the South China Sea as they searched for the missing Raven. Bombshell accused Ravager of betraying the team, while Raven successfully brought back Jericho by using one of Brother Blood’s resurrection rituals. Once the team tracked Raven and Jericho, Bombshell was revealed as a the real traitor. Through the combined might of the Titans, Bombshell’s quantum metal skin was shattered, leaving her powerless.

Having betrayed the Teen Titans as well “Project Quantum”, Amy Allen was taken into custody to await trial. Cyborg and Miss Martian later returned to interrogate Allen, still curious to discover her true employer. Before she could blow the whistle on Deathstroke, Allen had her throat slit by a mind-controlled Batgirl, who had just joined Deathstroke’s nefarious Titans East team.

Bombshell is revealed as a traitor in TEEN TITANS (third series) #40 [2006].

Blowin’ Up

Amy was believed to be dead, but her quantum powers successfully regenerated her body, enabling her to re-ignite her Bombshell abilities. The alien metal was no longer a mere shell, but was now a part of Amy’s physiology.

Since Bombshell’s public arrest made her a liability, she became a target for the very group that created her. Fugitive Amy sought out her mother, who told Amy that her father was the one who secretly selected her for “Project Quantum” in the first place. Upon learning this, Bombshell tracked down Colonel Allen to confront him. Although their reunion was strained, it became clear Amy’s father was trying to protect her.

ABOVE: Bombshell learns the truth from her father in TEEN TITANS (third series) #63 [2008].
BELOW: Colonel Allen pleads for Amy’s safety in TEEN TITANS (third series) #63 [2008].

With nowhere to go, Bombshell was granted provisional sanctuary at Titans Tower by Robin. Bombshell at first joined the team out of self-preservation, but later she saw it as an opportunity to atone for her mistakes. When Ravager returned to Titans Tower, she confronted Bombshell and forced the super-charged soldier to admit she regarded the Titans as family.

Bombshell went missing during a dangerous battle with the mystical menace known as the Wilde. But she returned to assist the Teen Titans again when the team was besieged by Superboy-Prime and his army of Superboy clones. Together, Titans past and present defeated the clones and trapped Superboy-Prime within the impenetrable Source Wall at the edge of the universe.

Ravager and Bombshell reach an understanding in TEEN TITANS (third series) #71 [2009].

Powers & Abilities


Like Captain Atom, Bombshell’s metal skin is tied into the Quantum Field, which enables her to absorb and manipulate energy. This energy is often channeled as force blasts through her hands, or large bursts of explosive force. This energy also allows Bombshell to fly and gives her enhanced super-strength. Bombshell’s metallic skin is virtually indestructible.


A Bombshell sketch by Eddy Barrows


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Essential Reading


Teen Titans #38 [2006]: The new story arc “Titans Around the World” begins as the Teen Titans journey into the heart of Russia to meet its greatest super-hero: Red Star! On a quest to locate a former member, the Titans head to Moscow to learn how Red Star has rebuilt his life following Superboy-Prime’s rampage and where they can find their lost friend and ally Raven! The “One Year Gap” Titans membership is revealed in a double page spread. First appearances of Talon, Power Boy, Little Barda, Molecule, Mas Y Menos, Young Frankenstein, Bombshell, Osiris and Riddler’s Daughter. First appearance of Joto as Hotspot. One Year Gap Titans include: Beast Boy, Raven, Speedy, Kid Devil, Ravager, Hawk, Dove, Aquagirl II, Zatara III, Offspring, Miss Martian, Talon, Power Boy, Little Barda, Molecule, Mas, Menos, Young Frankenstein, Bombshell, Osiris, Riddler’s Daughter, Joker’s Daughter, Captain Marvel Jr., Argent, Hotspot [a renamed Joto], Mirage, Flamebird and Red Star.
Teen Titans #39 [2006]: The Titans’ search for Raven leads them to Bombshell over the South China Sea.
Teen Titans #40-41 [2006]: Bombshell accuses Ravager of betraying the team, while Raven successfully brings back Jericho by using one of Brother Blood’s resurrection rituals. Once the team locates Raven and Jericho, Bombshell is revealed as a the real traitor and is apprehended. Origin of Bombshell revealed in issue #41.
Teen Titans #43 [2006]:
Led by Deathstroke, a Teen Titans East team consisting of Batgirl, Risk, Match, Kid Crusader, Enigma, Joker’s Daughter, Sun Girl and Inertia clash with the Teen Titans. Cyborg and Miss Martian interrogate Bombshell, still curious to discover who she was working for. Before she reveals any information, Bombshell has her throat slit by a batarang administered by Batgirl. First appearance of Titans East. Death of Bombshell.
Teen Titans #63-64 [2008]: Bombshell is back! But wait — isn’t she dead? Whatever the answer, one thing’s for sure: the Teen Titans are gonna have their hands full! With the quantum energy now part of her physiology, Amy Allen cheats death and re-ignites her quantum-wielding abilities as Bombshell. Now on the run, Amy seeks out her mother,who tells Amy that her father was the one who secretly selected her for “Project Quantum”. Upon learning this, Bombshell tracks down Colonel Allen to confront him. Although their reunion is strained, it becomes clear Amy’s father was trying to protect her. With nowhere to go, Robin grants Bombshell temporary sanctuary at Titans Tower.
Teen Titans #69 and Teen Titans Annual 2009 [2009]: The remaining Titans – Wonder Girl, Kid Devil and Blue Beetle – hold a membership drive, but are secretly attacked by Jericho, who turns Titans Tower against them! Miss Martian rejoins the team. Static, Bombshell, Aquagirl II and Kid Eternity officially join the Teen Titans.
Teen Titans #71 [2009]: “Deathtrap” aftermath! The team picks up the pieces following their crossover with TITANS and VIGILANTE as Ravager returns. Rose considers rejoining the Teen Titans in the wake of her brother’s tragic breakdown. But after clashing with Bombshell, Rose leaves before the team can decide whether or not to vote her back in.
Teen Titans (third series) #99-100 [2011]: It’s all-out war as Titans old and new come together to face the greatest threat to their existence. Superboy-Prime gathers his own “Legion of Doom,” comprised of various Titans villains. He then creates an army of Superboy clones to besiege the Titans. Together, Titans past and present defeat the villains and trap Superboy-Prime within the impenetrable Source Wall at the edge of the universe.

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A 2009 Bombshell commission by George Pérez, from the collection of Eric Sellers.

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The One Year Gap Titans


“You call this the Titans? Since Superboy died, the Titans have gone through over twenty new members. But no one wanted to stay very long. No one got along.”
– Wonder Girl (Teen Titans (third series) #36 [2006])

DC’s “One Year Later” event occurred March of 2006. In Teen Titans #33, Superboy and Nightwing are in the thick of the Infinite Crisis world-shattering event. With Teen Titans #34, a full year has passed since the Crisis. A comatose Cyborg awakens to discover the only active Titans were Robin, Ravager and Kid Devil. Cyborg is informed that the Titans had quite a few membership shake-ups during his “missing year.”

Readers shared in Cyborg’s confusion. Following the limited series, Infinite Crisis, every DC comic series jumped ahead by one year between February 2006 and March 2006. With DC’s March books, the characters’ histories resumed “one year later.” During the “missing year” between Teen Titans #33 and #34, over 20 new or returning members joined the group. They would come and go, most only serving on the team for a few weeks before quitting or getting kicked out or simply disappearing. One team was glimpsed at in Teen Titans #34. Then, Teen Titans #38 revealed all the “One Year Gap Titans” in a double page spread.

The “One Year Gap Titans” from TEEN TITANS #38 [click to enlarge].

Geoff Johns elaborated in an interview with Newsarama: “I wanted to shake the team up, and I was nervous doing it. I knew the reactions would be “Ravager?!” and “Who the #@$% is Kid Devil?” But because of Superboy’s death, it forced us to take chances, and I’m glad. For a long time our line-up seemed to look like the former Young Justice kids smashed together with the New Teen Titans. It was great for the first three years of the book but it was time for something new. And the OYL to me seemed like an opportunity, and a requirement, to seriously alter the status quo. Top on character development and mysteries and set the stage for the next year of adventures, with an emphasis on new characters and revamps like the Doom Patrol and Titans East.”

“In the comics themselves, the Teen Titans lost several of their members. Including a lot of main ones. Superboy. Kid Flash. Starfire is still missing. Cyborg was out of it. So since then, Beast Boy did his best to keep the team growing and stable, but it wasn’t working.”

“The Titans went through, I think at last count, 24 members during the missing year. They would come and go, most only being on the team a few weeks before quitting or getting kicked out or simply disappearing. Some members were previous Titans others were teens that Cyborg – and us – have never heard of before including Zatara, Miss Martian, Talon and Power Boy among others. Some of these we’ll be meeting in the next arc.”

The “One Year Gap” New Titans include:

1. Kid Devil: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #34.
2. Aquagirl II: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #34.
3. Dove II: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #34.
4. Hawk III: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #34.
5. Miss Martian: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #34.
6. Zatara: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #34.
7. Offspring: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #34.
8. Talon: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
9. Power Boy: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
10. Little Barda: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
11. Molecule: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
12. Mas: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
13. Menos: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
14. Bombshell: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
15. Young Frankenstein: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
16. Riddler’s Daughter: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
17. Osiris: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.

The “One Year Gap” Returning Titans include:

18. Ravager: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #34.
19. Joker’s Daughter : Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
20. Argent [with new costume]: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
21. Mirage: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
22. Flamebird: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
23. Red Star: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
24. Hotspot [formerly Joto]: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
25. Captain Marvel Jr.: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.

Bombshell Timeline: Closing the “One Year Later” Gap
Here’s a list of major events revealed during the “Missing Year:”

  • The Titans aid the heroes during the Infinite Crisis. While saving the universe from Superboy-Prime and Alexander Luthor, Superboy is killed in battle. [IC #1-7] With Superboy, Wonder Girl, Robin, Kid Flash, Starfire and Cyborg gone, Raven and Beast Boy try to keep the Teen Titans together. [TT #34]
  • Raven and Beast Boy hold a membership drive for the Teen Titans after their ranks have been depleted. Outside Titans Tower, many would-be Titans and current-Titans gather for the team, including Argent, Flamebird, Mirage, Red Star, Joker’s Daughter, Captain Marvel Jr., Aquagirl II, Kid Devil, Talon, Miss Martian, Bombshell, Offspring, Young Frankenstein, Mas Y Menos, and Molecule. Osiris arrives to join, only to have Captain Marvel Jr. doubt his intentions. After pleading his case, Osiris is granted probationary membership. [52w32]
  • Bombshell develops a crush on Cyborg. [TT #40-41]
  • Having joined the team as a spy for Deathstroke, Bombshell leaves Titans Tower with the stolen Jericho disk. [TT #40-41]
  • Having joined the team as a spy for Deathstroke, Bombshell leaves Titans Tower with the stolen Jericho disk. [TT #40-41]
  • Black Adam ignites World War III. [52w49]
  • Raven leaves the team after learning there was a traitor in their midst. The traitor is later revealed as Bombshell. [TT #34, 38, 40-41]

For a complete timeline of the “one year gap,” click here.


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 Sean McKeever on Bombshell


titanstower.com: Bombshell was killed by Deathstroke’s Titans East team, but you decided to bring her back on the canvas and even join the team. What prompted that decision? Was she meant as a replacement for Ravager? It also seemed like you had more plans for the character, especially with her mother being involved in a government conspiracy.

SM: I didn’t bring her in as a Ravager replacement, though that certainly turned out to be the case in some respects. I brought her on board because I liked the back story Geoff Johns had given her. I liked the idea of writing about an Army brat who had little to no experience being part of a social network. I wish I could follow up on her story, but I don’t see that happening.

titanstower.com: Can you give a quick rundown on each of your Titans: Robin, Wonder Girl, Miss Martian, Ravager, Bombshell, Kid Devil, Blue Beetle and Kid Eternity?

SM: Robin – Always weighing his decisions against what Bruce would do. Pushing himself too hard to be perfect.

Wonder Girl – My highest priority was to get her to move on with her life and to also stop being defined by the men in her life.

Miss Martian – Goodness personified.

Ravager – Strangely hopeful in the face of great personal tragedy and psychological scars. Thick skinned but cares what her friends think of her.

Bombshell – A though shell with a human center. Afraid of intimacy so she makes up for it with bombast.

Kid Devil – Nice guys finish last.

Blue Beetle – One of the best new characters of the decade. Fun and fresh.

Kid Eternity – Never quite got the hang of him being on a team. Really wanted to explore his ambiguous humanity, and his androgyny.


 


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