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We've all heard beautiful women described that way, and it usually means a woman whose face and figure stop traffic and leave men’s (and women’s) jaws agape.
In DC terms, it also refers to a style of art patterned after WWII airplane pin-ups as seen on their August variant covers, collectibles and upcoming digital-first series.
But to Newsarama, a bombshell is a powerhouse, a force to be reckoned with. The kind of woman who commands a room, and who leaves an indelible mark on everything she touches. It's not just about beauty (not that there’s anything wrong with beauty) - it's also about brains, brawn, bravery, and charisma. The whole package deal.
Here’s who we like to think of as DC Comics Top 15 bombshells of all time.
Saturn Girl2 of 17The premiere heroine of the Legion of Super-Heroes, the psychic Saturn Girl is a force to be reckoned with.
Like all natives of Saturn's moon Titan, Imra Ardeen is gifted with an array of telepathic powers. But unlike her fellow citizens of Titan, Ardeen has focused her gifts enough to become one of the 31st century's top heroes.
While the Legion may be relegated to guest appearances in other titles right now, when they return to prime time there's no doubt Saturn Girl, one of the team's founders, will be along for the ride.
Mera3 of 17Mera is more than just Aquaman's better half. She's a mighty warrior in her own right.
Beyond the super strength and adaptability to deep ocean pressures, Mera's got the power to control and form water into weapons.
Not bad for the special lady of one of comic's most misunderstood heroes.
Hawkgirl4 of 17There have been several heroines under the name Hawkgirl, and let's be frank - they're all kind of badasses.
But we'll focus on Kendra Saunders, the current Hawkgirl of DC's Earth 2. Like her predecessors, Saunders is a master of numerous weapons and possess Nth metal wings that allow her to fly and regenerate from damage.
She's also set to appear as a member of CW's DC's Legends of Tomorrow.
Donna Troy5 of 17Donna Troy is more than Wonder Woman's former sidekick - she's a hero in her own right. A mainstay of the Titans, Troy's history is a bit complicated, but the important thing is that she's a super strong heroine with a heart of gold.
And, she's recently made her New 52 debut in the pages of Wonder Woman.
Big Barda6 of 17The resident powerhouse of the New Gods, Big Barda has powers and fighting skills forged in the fires of Apokolips.
Created by Jack Kirby, Barda is the wife of Mr. Miracle and one of the fiercest warriors in all of DC Comics. With strength and courage beyond measure, Barda is the very picture of a bombshell.
Starfire7 of 17Sure Starfire is a bombshell in the traditional sense, but she's so much more than that. Since her introduction in New Teen Titans, she's been the heart and soul of the team every time she's on the roster.
Add in the fact that her energy powers make her a formidable hero in her own right, and you've got the makings of a true bombshell - in all senses of the term.
Amanda Waller8 of 17Amanda Waller may not be the first thing you think of when you hear the term "bombshell," but she probably should be.
There are few women as determined and powerful in DC Comics as Waller, who commands Task Force X - A.K.A. the Suicide Squad. But don't mistake her - Waller is totally unafraid to get her hands dirty.
Power Girl9 of 17Power Girl is kind of the prototypical bombshell. Vivacious, tough, and strong as all get out, this Kryptonian from Earth 2 has never been in her more famous cousin's shadow - unlike her Earth 1 counterpart.
Now, Power Girl is set to co-headline an ongoing monthly title with the next character on our list.
Harley Quinn10 of 17The clown princess of crime is as tough as she is crazy.
Not many characters have made the kind of impact Harley Quinn has made on comics, starting as a bit character in Batman: The Animated Series, and growing into a staple of DC's line.
Now, with DC moving away from the New 52 branding, Harley is set to receive a second series alongside fellow bombshell Power Girl.
Black Canary11 of 17One of DC's longest running heroines, Black Canary is also one of the toughest.
While modern fans will recognize Black Canary from her appearances on Arrow, she actually dates all the way back to the 1940's.
More than just a love interest for Green Arrow, Black Canary is a master martial artist, a former leader of the Justice League, and, in her upcoming new series, a rock star.
Catwoman12 of 17Catwoman is more than just a bombshell - she's the ultimate femme fatale.
A master thief, a gifted hand-to-hand combatant, and a debonair socialite, Catwoman has it all. And now that she's the leader of Gotham City's underworld, she's got a veritable army backing her up.
And honestly, how many women can go toe to toe with Batman that way that Selina Kyle can?
Supergirl13 of 17The maid of might is a no-brainer for inclusion on this list. With all the powers of her fellow Kryptonian cousin Superman, Supergirl is as strong as they come in DC terms.
Beyond that, she's a superstar in her own right, headlining an ongoing comic and set to debut her own TV show on CBS this fall.
Batgirl14 of 17Barbara Gordon originally debuted as Batgirl on television during the hit Batman show of the '60's. She quickly made an impact on fans, debuting in comics just a short time later.
But there's more to this caped crusader than her array of gadgets and fighting prowess. She's also one of the most intelligent people in all of DC - so smart that when she was confined to a wheelchair by injuries caused by the Joker, she didn't miss a beat, transitioning into her identity as Oracle, superhero information broker and hacker extraordinaire.
Now that she's back on her feet, Batgirl has taken up residence in the ultra-hip Burnside neighborhood of Gotham and once again patrols the night.
Lois Lane15 of 17Who says you have to be a super hero to be a bombshell?
In our version of the term, being a tough-as-nails, Pulitzer winning journalist is more than enough to secure one of the top spots on our countdown.
In the New 52, Lois Lane is even more cunning and fearless than ever before, figuring out Superman's secret identity on her own, and outing Clark Kent to the public.
Wonder Woman16 of 17Is there any other choice for number one than Wonder Woman?
DC's premiere superheroine has it all - brains, brawn, bravery, and charisma like you wouldn't believe.
A mainstay of the Justice League and the freakin' Goddess of War, there's no one in all of comics - DC or elsewhere - that better exemplifies the idea of a bombshell.
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