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In these stories from issues #1-6 of the hit series, learn the story behind this alternate reality where the Second World War is fought by superpowered women on the front lines and behind the scenes! It all begins with the stories of Batwoman, Wonder Woman and Supergirl.


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In these stories from issues #1-6 of the hit series, learn the story behind this alternate reality where the Second World War is fought by superpowered women on the front lines and behind the scenes! It all begins with the stories of Batwoman, Wonder Woman and Supergirl.

30 review for DC Comics: Bombshells, Vol. 1: Enlisted

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

    Bodacious Babes Battle Brazen Balding Bi-speckled Baddies Desperate times at DC (New 52, Rebirth) saw the publisher use a line of statuettes for inspiration for a comic title – Bombshells. Hey DC, I can ask my Mom to dig up my old comics that I wrote and drew myself when I was 8 years old. Sure the art is minimalist (read: stick figures) but I’m sure you can pull something together from my grade school “genius”. Note the use of only five or six main colors (black – people, guns, cars, etc. , ora Bodacious Babes Battle Brazen Balding Bi-speckled Baddies Desperate times at DC (New 52, Rebirth) saw the publisher use a line of statuettes for inspiration for a comic title – Bombshells. Hey DC, I can ask my Mom to dig up my old comics that I wrote and drew myself when I was 8 years old. Sure the art is minimalist (read: stick figures) but I’m sure you can pull something together from my grade school “genius”. Note the use of only five or six main colors (black – people, guns, cars, etc. , orange – fire, blue – water, green – trees and grass, yellow – the sun, red – blood. I used lots and lots of red.) Although stick figures do have their limitations, the bonus is you never have to worry about complex facial expressions or drawing feet or hands. So…I’m available…just need to ask my mom. Dashing Dazzling Dames Demolish Dastardly Demonic Deviants Yeah, so this book. It’s re-imagined World War II-era adventures, with an all-female super hero cast. With this kind of non-continuity world, it’s always fun and interesting to see where the creators take established characters. Some of the choices are interesting… …others leave you scratching your head. This iteration of Harley Quinn wears pretty thin here too. The Wonder Woman story hits the usual tired beats… …but Mera can be my aqua-super hero any day. Heh. Where are the dudes? Steve Trevor is a head case, Lex Luthor is a weasely lackey and Constantine… …is a bunny rabbit. Drinking game idea: In this topsy-turvy world, with most of the men either weak or criminal, what’s a gal to do? Why look for some f/f loving, that’s what. So, take a gulp of your favorite alcoholic beverage for each panel containing same-sex smexy times. Fightin’ Femme Fatales Flatten Fatuous Flatulent Foes Bottom line: It takes a while for this concept to take off, but when it does, its fun in a dopey way.

  2. 5 out of 5

    David Schaafsma

    WWII reimagined with DC female characters working against some kind of vomity clay-based monster and for justice and against racism/anti-semitism, with nods to today's politics. SO many women and teen girls line up, led by Wonder Woman--Batwoman, Supergirl, Poison Ivy, Catwoman, Harley Quinn, the Queen of Atlantis, Queen of Zambesi, Mistress of Magic, The Question, Batgirl, Hawkgirl. ... so you can't tell the players without a scorecard heah, get yr scorecard! (Right, too many characters, who al WWII reimagined with DC female characters working against some kind of vomity clay-based monster and for justice and against racism/anti-semitism, with nods to today's politics. SO many women and teen girls line up, led by Wonder Woman--Batwoman, Supergirl, Poison Ivy, Catwoman, Harley Quinn, the Queen of Atlantis, Queen of Zambesi, Mistress of Magic, The Question, Batgirl, Hawkgirl. ... so you can't tell the players without a scorecard heah, get yr scorecard! (Right, too many characters, who all join the "Bombshells" [babes and bombs, get it?!]). I do like the women's solidarity here, women coming together across the political/social spectrum, of course, but the storyline isn't really strong.I know it's a "pussy hat" book, and this is important, women (and men) need to set aside they differences and get busy and save the planet. Marguerite Bennett tells the story, such as it is, and Marguerite Sauvage is the lead illustrator early on, but then in Big House fashion, sometimes five illustrate each issue. . . so it feels less like an artistic creation suddenly and more like a Big House production. But hey! Kick-ass girl-centric, almost no males in it, bring it on!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Roxanne

    Literally the only thing i liked was Constantine as a bunny, that's it.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Chad

    DC's cheesecake statues comes to life as they move beyond alternate covers and into stories of their own. DC may have done away with the Elseworlds moniker but they haven't done away with the concept. The ladies of DC take center stage in an alternate World War II where most of the men are off fighting the war and these girls are ready to do their part. As this book ramps up, the girls slowly coalesce to enlist in the Bombshells even if we're not sure what that is, just that it's run by Amanda W DC's cheesecake statues comes to life as they move beyond alternate covers and into stories of their own. DC may have done away with the Elseworlds moniker but they haven't done away with the concept. The ladies of DC take center stage in an alternate World War II where most of the men are off fighting the war and these girls are ready to do their part. As this book ramps up, the girls slowly coalesce to enlist in the Bombshells even if we're not sure what that is, just that it's run by Amanda Waller. This was surprisingly fun. Marguerite Bennett does a great job of juggling the vast amount of characters while keeping the book from being exploitative. As with most of DC's digital first initiatives, the art changes often, with multiple artists per issue. I did find this didn't always follow the same page layouts digital books do and was lost every time a 2 page spread appeared and the panels read across both pages. Most of the time it wasn't visually clear that it was a 2 page spread until I got to the second page and realized the panels were out of order.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Althea J.

    From statues... to a series of variant covers... to a fandom phenomenon... ...the DC Comics: Bombshells series is now one of the most FUN and exciting and feminist story lines DC has ever produced. Why? Because in the hands of a woman writer and (I think) predominantly female artists, these powerful iconic characters get to live stories that are worthy of them. The bottom line is that Marguerite Bennet is KILLING IT with this book. The myriad of characters are introduced with rich stories that made From statues... to a series of variant covers... to a fandom phenomenon... ...the DC Comics: Bombshells series is now one of the most FUN and exciting and feminist story lines DC has ever produced. Why? Because in the hands of a woman writer and (I think) predominantly female artists, these powerful iconic characters get to live stories that are worthy of them. The bottom line is that Marguerite Bennet is KILLING IT with this book. The myriad of characters are introduced with rich stories that made me immediately invested. It's a WWII context that is completely fresh, and the stories are woven together in an exciting way that is filled with surprises. This is a book I can't wait to share with my nieces!!! But moreover, it's a series that I love reading and can't wait to keep reading. Lady DC readers, between this book and Renae de Liz's The Legend of Wonder Woman, I'm beginning to feel like DC is taking us seriously as readers, and maybe even seeing the tremendous benefit of getting more women creators to come play in their sandbox. Can I just also express my undying love for the awesome Jewish representation with the badass Ms. Kane and a half-Jewish Zatanna!!!!!! And I CAN'T WAIT to see where this storyline goes!! (view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)]

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sesana

    I didn't have high hopes for this one, almost didn't read it. It's based off a series of expensive fanservice statues, so I was expecting a bunch of cheesecake. I wouldn't have read it at all, except that I saw Marguerite Bennett was writing. I don't love everything she does, but I can at least trust her to write female characters. My faith was rewarded. Because it turns out that Bombshells is a solid Elseworlds-esque story. Set during World War II, the series reimagines DC's iconic female chara I didn't have high hopes for this one, almost didn't read it. It's based off a series of expensive fanservice statues, so I was expecting a bunch of cheesecake. I wouldn't have read it at all, except that I saw Marguerite Bennett was writing. I don't love everything she does, but I can at least trust her to write female characters. My faith was rewarded. Because it turns out that Bombshells is a solid Elseworlds-esque story. Set during World War II, the series reimagines DC's iconic female characters in that context. Supergirl and Stargirl become sisters, and Soviets. Mera is a bathing beauty. Batwoman becomes a baseball themed vigilante and sometimes spy. It's an incredible amount of fun. Granted, this volume is all exposition, totally taken up with introducing the large cast of women, so what story there is doesn't show up until quite late in the game. I didn't really mind. I especially appreciated the lovely way Kate and Maggie's romance was portrayed. It certainly helped that the art in the Batwoman sections is so pretty to look at.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten*

    I'm in love. Need more immediately. Update: I figured out what I love most about this, thanks to the wikipedia page for the series (technically the wiki page is for the statues, which came first, but there's a section about the comics too): "We wanted to make a principle of the series to have the conceit that in this alternate history World War II the women came first. No heroine is derivative of a male counterpart. They are the heroes". Bennett’s rhetoric is seen in the first issue of the comic I'm in love. Need more immediately. Update: I figured out what I love most about this, thanks to the wikipedia page for the series (technically the wiki page is for the statues, which came first, but there's a section about the comics too): "We wanted to make a principle of the series to have the conceit that in this alternate history World War II the women came first. No heroine is derivative of a male counterpart. They are the heroes". Bennett’s rhetoric is seen in the first issue of the comic book series where (view spoiler)[Batwoman saves Bruce Wayne’s parents from their infamous shooting. Batman has never existed in the DC Bombshells’ continuity. (hide spoiler)] Batwoman is not a reaction to Batman. The refusal to have female characters seen in relation to men is also evident in Mera, Aqua Woman’s, conception. Mera is not seen in relation to Aquaman, as he does not appear until the second act of the series." The concept of them NOT being counterparts to male superheroes blows my mind like you wouldn't believe. I mean, Batwoman PLAYS BASEBALL. It's fantastic as fuck.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    Based off a line of "Bombshells" variant covers and statues of the female characters done in 1940s pinup style, this comic book is set in an alternate universe during the Second World War. In this world, the female superheroes came first, and we follow them as they get their starts. This book was a surprise delight. For a series based off a series of pinup pictures and statues, I was not expecting something so feminist. The women still face all the sexism that would have been typical for that tim Based off a line of "Bombshells" variant covers and statues of the female characters done in 1940s pinup style, this comic book is set in an alternate universe during the Second World War. In this world, the female superheroes came first, and we follow them as they get their starts. This book was a surprise delight. For a series based off a series of pinup pictures and statues, I was not expecting something so feminist. The women still face all the sexism that would have been typical for that time and get none of the respect they deserve, but that doesn't stop them from being amazing. The book starts off with Batwoman who rescues the Wayne family when they attacked coming home from a movie, stopping Bruce Wayne's journey to being Batman right in its tracks and establishing firmly that this book was for the female superheroes. When not protecting the city as Batwoman, Kate Kane is the captain of a female baseball team and lives with her girlfriend Maggie who works with the police until she is recruited by Amanda Waller to join her organization: The Bombshells. Her first mission has her working with Catwoman We switch over to the USSR where two sisters, Kara and Kortni (Supergirl and Stargirl respectively), join the Night Witches to be pilots in the war. But Kara must keep her powers secret, which becomes impossible when an accident while flying forces her to save her sister's life. The two are then forced to become Supergirl and Stargirl and fight for their country. Over the island of Themyscira, an air battle between fighter pilots gets interrupted when the Amazons appear and kill everyone to protect their people from the bombs raining down on them. Diana finds the one survivor of the battle, Steve Trevor, who tells her of a terrible dictator threatening the world. She turns to her friend, Mera of Atlantis, to help her rescue Steve and save the world. Zatanna finds herself facing the Joker's Daughter who holds a dangerous secret over Zatanna's head as she's forced to help her with dark magic. And John Constantine gets turned into Zatanna's pet rabbit. Harley Quinn is on a mission to find her man and gets Poison Ivy to join her on in wreaking havoc across Europe along the way. I adored every one of these women and loved every page of this book. It was just so much fun, and they all fit into their alternate universe roles so well. I especially enjoyed Diana and Mera's friendship and want to see much more of it. I don't think I've ever seen them be friends in the main universe, so this was a surprise, but a really nice one. And Mera sings to use her powers. She doesn't have to, but she likes to, and I am all for it. The art is lovely, the characters are excellent, and the story is a blast. Overall, this series is a ton of fun, and I'm looking forward to continuing it.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ylenia

    *2.5 stars* What I liked: ☛ Diversity; there were two queer characters, one of them being a main one in the story. I remember seeing two non-white characters, which sometimes is a lot. ☛ The art in the first 4 issues. What I didn't like: ☛ The art in the last issue; I don't know what happened with issue 5 but the art was rough and uneven. ☛ The plot; I think this is a comic series you can't get into without knowing the basic stories of the characters. I didn't know shit and it was kind of conf *2.5 stars* What I liked: ☛ Diversity; there were two queer characters, one of them being a main one in the story. I remember seeing two non-white characters, which sometimes is a lot. ☛ The art in the first 4 issues. What I didn't like: ☛ The art in the last issue; I don't know what happened with issue 5 but the art was rough and uneven. ☛ The plot; I think this is a comic series you can't get into without knowing the basic stories of the characters. I didn't know shit and it was kind of confusing. I'll probably read something about them and their back stories and re-read this volume before the next one comes out. Overall, I was expecting a little bit more. I feel like I was just reading this only for the art.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lexxi Kitty

    I had originally attempted to read this story through the individual comic issues, but gave up after the first or second issue. Reading the collection of 6 issues reminds me that I cannot judge anything off of one issue. In theory there’s an interesting possible story here – looking at Superheroes (mainly female) back during WWII, many of whom (all?) are modeled on superheroines and supervillains operating in modern times. In practice? Eh. It isn’t really what the people behind this comic did. Th I had originally attempted to read this story through the individual comic issues, but gave up after the first or second issue. Reading the collection of 6 issues reminds me that I cannot judge anything off of one issue. In theory there’s an interesting possible story here – looking at Superheroes (mainly female) back during WWII, many of whom (all?) are modeled on superheroines and supervillains operating in modern times. In practice? Eh. It isn’t really what the people behind this comic did. They just took modern heroes/villains, and shoved them back in time. Including side characters like that Amanda Weller (whatever her name is). Some of whom actually existed back then, some didn’t – some could have based on what they are and how long they might live, some couldn’t have and still be here in their modern form. I mean, like, for example, Wonder Woman was around in WWII – both literally in real world terms (first appearance of Wonder Woman in the comics: 1941), and in story terms (depending on the origin story, Wonder Woman has been around since WWI, WWII, or relatively modern times. So having Wonder Woman, the actual one not someone modeled on the concept, operating in World War II is doable. And reading the comics that feature Wonder Woman, read like the Wonder Woman movie – except instead of WWI, stuff is happening in WWII. Oh, and, apparently, Wonder Woman is quite friendly with Mera (who later gets called Aquawoman in the comic issues). And . . . I’ve lost the plot already. Mmphs. The idea I wanted to note was that some of these people could have been operating back in WWII, but that isn’t the point of the series, apparently. The point is to take people from ‘our’ time, and shove them back in WWII time. Like Zatanna, Harley Quinn, Supergirl, Batwoman, Maggie Sawyer, Wonder Woman, Catwoman, Poison Ivy. And have them be basically themselves. Instead of having them be similar and/or parents of them. Well, there’s the ‘Joker’s Daughter’ one, but . . . I’m not really sure who she’s supposed to be. Just like my review, actually more so than my review, the story line is confusing and disjointed. On the one hand, the story keeps being interrupted so other characters could suddenly have the focus; on the other hand when the story shifts back to a specific character, the story seems determined to be as weird as possible. Like, Batwoman is introduced as being a baseball player playing in the female league while ‘the men’ are off at war; and a vigilante . . . who wears the same costume as the baseball player; the police act as if they wish to ‘question’ Batwoman but do not know who she is as both wear masks. Except . . . . you’d think it wouldn’t be that hard for police to know where and how to contact a baseball player/team/team manager/etc. Then again, it is play acting since Batwoman actually is dating the police in the form of Maggie Sawyer (see, lesbian action! See implied lesbian sex! Etc etc). Except, that baseball story line was there and gone again in like three seconds. Then a weird spaceship like thing (okay, some kind of early helicopter, but still) lands on Batwoman’s roof. And . . . Batwoman is recruited to join the Bombshells, being led by the same woman who formed Suicide Squad in a different universe. Then . . . several other people are visited . . . and when we return, Batwoman is in Berlin, being a spy. As herself. That story line is relatively straight forward, albeit disjointed. Other story lines? Super disjointed and confusing. Like the one where Supergirl and her twin sister (seriously, I can’t tell Kara and Kostanri (however her name is spelled) apart) join the Soviet air force. I know the Soviets are supposed to be seen as evil and stuff, but there were some good people here and there. And turning the Night Witches, the female piloted air force, into evil harlots is just wrong. Just . . . mmphs. I’ve read stories wherein Superman landed on Soviet controlled land. This one just happens to have that, but it being Supergirl land there. But . . . the Soviets decide to see Supergirl as a traitor and evil and must die . . . instead of using her for their own objectives? I . . what? Bah, my brain is kind of messed up, this review is messed up. All the story-lines are super weird and confusing. Like when Harley Quinn finally turns up. She appears to be sane and working in a hospital. She talks to a patient who used to be her colleague. Then Quinn’s eyeball grows to three times normal, and she rips her clothing off, dances around singing and beating up people and flying randomly to France. WTF? Quinn’s a chaotic character, but there’s usually something more to her actions than random insanity. Though it might sometimes look like random insanity. So – Supergirl’s story line is fucked up; Quinn’s is random insanity; Zatanna is super powerful but . . . ‘trapped’ by circumstances – her story line is fucked up more by the circumstances than anything else; haven’t mentioned it, but Wonder Woman’s story line is also fucked up (seriously, at some point she ends up in prison because the allies wanted to kill some prisoners and WW wouldn’t let them). Individually fucked up story lines, and together a disjointed mess. On the positive side, there are both lesbian superheroes and Jewish superheroes in attendance – sometimes at the same time. Talking about Batwoman and Zatanna here. I read this collected volume in one sitting while ‘wasting time’ before a movie. For what it is, and what I used it for, it entertained me. Story line was too annoying, though, for me to continue the series. If series continued, no clue if it did. Oh, one last thought – getting back to my inability to tell Supergirl apart from her sister – that happens a lot in this collection. Too many of the characters look the same/similar to other characters. Like I could have sworn Harley Quinn was one of the other baseball players since one of them looked like her, but that doesn’t correspond to her storyline. Then Batwoman runs into another Harley Quinn like person but . . . again not her. And there were times I found it hard to tell Supergirl/supergirl sister and Maggie Sawyer apart. Other times I had trouble telling Zatanna and Catwoman apart. Bah, my poor eyesight? The art itself? Pfft, don’t know, probably my eyesight. Rating: 3 April 27 2018

  11. 4 out of 5

    Cassi

    I am all about female driven comics and a huge fan of DC's roster of females so I naturally had to read this. And it was really good. The art, in general, was really good with pinup style costumes for all the women and lots of bright colors. It's set during World War II which felt like a natural fit and a bit of a throwback to be honest, which I appreciated. But all of that worked together well with the style of the comics. The story too was really interesting although frankly I think it was a l I am all about female driven comics and a huge fan of DC's roster of females so I naturally had to read this. And it was really good. The art, in general, was really good with pinup style costumes for all the women and lots of bright colors. It's set during World War II which felt like a natural fit and a bit of a throwback to be honest, which I appreciated. But all of that worked together well with the style of the comics. The story too was really interesting although frankly I think it was a little too big. It honestly felt like they were trying to cram every possible female on the DC roster into this comic and there were probably too many. I liked some stories more than others but in general the constant switching of perspectives kind of led to a lack of a cohesive story throughout the entire volume. Fewer characters and a tightening up of the plot would have taken this to the next level. But on the whole I really enjoyed Bombshells and I'm excited to now pick up Vol. 2. If you like female driven comics and are a fan of any of DC's superheroines, check this out.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Travis Duke

    A fun story but it had potential to be a bit better. It's world war 2 and all the men are off fighting so the woman super heroes are left to defend us. I was excited for this book and it starts off O.K. but rapidly fails to produce an exciting plot of villain. They introduce a lot of heroines, each with a unique and interesting backstory but it is clunky coming together and takes time to develop the so called "bombshell" team. The art is a done by a lot of artists, some great, some poor. Overall A fun story but it had potential to be a bit better. It's world war 2 and all the men are off fighting so the woman super heroes are left to defend us. I was excited for this book and it starts off O.K. but rapidly fails to produce an exciting plot of villain. They introduce a lot of heroines, each with a unique and interesting backstory but it is clunky coming together and takes time to develop the so called "bombshell" team. The art is a done by a lot of artists, some great, some poor. Overall it's worth a once over.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Diz

    This started out strong, but it suffered from having too many artists. Marguerite Sauvage handles the art in the first issue, and everything she draws is amazing. After the first issue, there are usually two or three artists per issue, and in the later issues the art is particularly bad. Inexplicably, the writing gets really bad by the final issue in this collection as well, despite the fact that the writer doesn't change.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Cassie R. (cassie-loves-reading)

    Wow, I really enjoyed this. I love all the female characters and the WW2 setting and the art is amazing. Everything about this is great so far.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Bookishrealm

    Thisssss book was so good! I wasn't expecting this. I actually don't know what I was expecting but I loved the historical background of WWII and the fact that there were so many DC characters involved! The artwork was ok and of course I noticed the changes between issues, but the plot was great! I can see why people may not like the fact that the main characters have their own backgrounds throughout the volume however I feel like it's going to all come together. I definitely feel like the writer Thisssss book was so good! I wasn't expecting this. I actually don't know what I was expecting but I loved the historical background of WWII and the fact that there were so many DC characters involved! The artwork was ok and of course I noticed the changes between issues, but the plot was great! I can see why people may not like the fact that the main characters have their own backgrounds throughout the volume however I feel like it's going to all come together. I definitely feel like the writers invested time into this comic and I can see why people liked it so much! I definitely will be picking up the second volume.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Chantaal

    What an absolute delight this series is shaping up to be. To bad Marguerite Sauvage didn't do the art for all the issues, as her line work and coloring is fantastic and a perfect fit for the bombshells idea/image.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    V Good!!!!! theres queers and cuties and nice outfits and girl power and violence against nazis!!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Allison

    I LOVED THIS SO MUCH. If you haven't read these yet, pls do. Wish they'd do a Netflix series or something.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Clarissa

    Alternate WWII universe in which my lovely DC heroines take center stage? Yes, please! Yeah, they're dressed as 1940s pin up girls and still have to endure the occasional sexist remark from stupid men, but that doesn't stop my girls from being their badass selves!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Solace Winter

    There are several different stories in this which I can guess are going to come together. Telling the difference between Kortni and Kara was frustrating at first since she was introducing herself while her sister was in the picture. It's a different look at female super heroes, and it works. But apparently I like new takes on familiar ideas.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Liam

    A great start to what is easily going to be (and already is) a brilliant series! This concept is just so incredible and it is very well constructed! There are so many fantastic female characters in this series already, and I'm excited to see where it'll go and if the different stories overlap.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Cupcakes & Machetes

    I won't lie, I was a little lost on some of the origin stories for the characters in this one. I'm still not exactly sure why the Night Witches turned on Supergirl and Stargirl. I re-read that part twice and can't make heads or tails of it. Neither heroine is a favorite though so I moved on. This definitely re-peaked my interest in Wonder Woman. The artwork was great and I think they toned down the sex appeal compared to other comics. There wasn't a close up shot of anyone's massive camel toe tha I won't lie, I was a little lost on some of the origin stories for the characters in this one. I'm still not exactly sure why the Night Witches turned on Supergirl and Stargirl. I re-read that part twice and can't make heads or tails of it. Neither heroine is a favorite though so I moved on. This definitely re-peaked my interest in Wonder Woman. The artwork was great and I think they toned down the sex appeal compared to other comics. There wasn't a close up shot of anyone's massive camel toe that I noticed. Overall, I really like the idea of the Bombshells being a secret weapon in WWII. I think I'll try the next volume and see how it goes from there.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    This checked all of my boxes

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sonja

    This was a lot of fun and I can't wait to read more of this world soon!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    Comics are weird. This comic in particular has the most peculiar history. The DC Comics Bombshells started off as a line of collectible statues based on popular female DC characters reimagined as 'Rosie The Riveter' type pin-ups from World War II. These then progressed onto variant covers, and from there, a digital-first ongoing Elseworlds series, the first 6 issues/18 chapters of which are collected in this first volume. It's a strange premise, that's for sure. But oh boy, does it work. You can t Comics are weird. This comic in particular has the most peculiar history. The DC Comics Bombshells started off as a line of collectible statues based on popular female DC characters reimagined as 'Rosie The Riveter' type pin-ups from World War II. These then progressed onto variant covers, and from there, a digital-first ongoing Elseworlds series, the first 6 issues/18 chapters of which are collected in this first volume. It's a strange premise, that's for sure. But oh boy, does it work. You can tell that this is a digital-first series, since each 'issue' is made up of three chapters, each usually completely separate. These focus on different characters, establishing their place in the world of the series, as well as their role in the war. Some are heroes. Some are reluctant combatants. Some aren't quite sure what they are. But by the end of these chapters, they're all on a collision course together, and a darker purpose behind the war is revealed, too. From Wonder Woman and Mera's adventure with a shellshocked Steve Trevor to Batwoman's recruitment by Amanda Waller, as well as Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy's 'let's kill Nazis!' attitude, and Zatanna with her pet bunny John Constantine (seriously), there's a wide, wide array of your favourite characters on display here. Whilst the vast majority don't interact with each other here, each of their stories is strong enough that you won't care; when each chapter ends and the focus shifts to another, it's a double edged sword of wanting to know what happens next in each story. The artwork is as varied as the storylines, too. Marguerite Sauvage opens the volume with some beautiful work, and then we get the talents of Laura Braga, Ming Doyle, Bilquis Evely, and many more across the 18 chapters; most artists tend to tackle the same characters for consistency, but even with a constantly shifting art-style, the book still feels very accessible, and the different styles work quite nicely for the chosen characters; darker, grittier art for the Joker's Daughter, the more flowing, painterly styles of Sauvage for Batwoman, for example. On paper, this comic seems like a random aside that you wouldn't think would go too far. Under the guiding hand of Marguerite Bennett and her dazzling array of artists, it's taken on a life of it's own to become DC's answer to Marvel's A-Force, without all that pesky continuity to hold it down. And it's not just 'these ladies are doing badass lady-things!' either; all the main characters just happen to be women. So yeah. Comics are weird. But they're awesome, too.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Cale

    Considering this was written to go along with a series of cheesecake statues (at least that was my impression), I didn't really have that high of hopes for this. But instead of getting 1940's pinups finding ways to be alluring, what I read was probably one of the best titles since New-52 began. It captures the energy and charm of the best of the classic Elseworlds titles. Focusing almost exclusively on the females of the DC universe, and setting them all in World War 2 leads to some great fun. E Considering this was written to go along with a series of cheesecake statues (at least that was my impression), I didn't really have that high of hopes for this. But instead of getting 1940's pinups finding ways to be alluring, what I read was probably one of the best titles since New-52 began. It captures the energy and charm of the best of the classic Elseworlds titles. Focusing almost exclusively on the females of the DC universe, and setting them all in World War 2 leads to some great fun. Especially as the characters are spread out internationally (so Supergirl and Stargirl are Russian, Catwoman is Italian, Poison Ivy is French, etc.), giving even more characterization. And it's like Marguerite Bennett has distilled everything that defines these characters and strained it through the setting to make them even better. I love this Zatanna (and her Constantine), and Wonder Woman has rarely been portrayed so well. I was a little nervous about Harley's presence, but once she connects with Ivy it really works. And that's true of everyone here - it all just works. Even Batgirl's new profession makes sense in a comically ironic way. The story is just starting, as the characters start to get drawn together into the war, but it bodes well. And the artwork is beautiful without being exploitative. I can't wait to see where this story goes, and I strongly recommend this for anyone looking for strong female heroes, or just a good story using interesting characters.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Abby

    EDIT: REREAD AUGUST 2016: So, I basically haaaated this the first time I read it because I was so new to the DC Universe and didn't know who anyone was or what the story was trying to do, but now that I'm a little bit more of a seasoned comic-reader I LOVED it. The WWII atmosphere was so interesting and different and I loved seeing how all these iconic characters fit into this AU. I'll be picking up the next volume ASAP! (Also, yeah, basically all I'm reading right now is comics, fight me) ORIGINA EDIT: REREAD AUGUST 2016: So, I basically haaaated this the first time I read it because I was so new to the DC Universe and didn't know who anyone was or what the story was trying to do, but now that I'm a little bit more of a seasoned comic-reader I LOVED it. The WWII atmosphere was so interesting and different and I loved seeing how all these iconic characters fit into this AU. I'll be picking up the next volume ASAP! (Also, yeah, basically all I'm reading right now is comics, fight me) ORIGINAL REVIEW MARCH 2016: Liked the idea and a couple of the stories, but overall it was just really confusing and I had no idea what was going on 90% of the time.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Nikki

    This. Is. Awesome. Alternate WWII where super-ladies smack the heck outta some Nazis? GIMME! This, being the first TPB, introduces us to all the heroines and some villains as well. It could have been a shambles managing that many alternative origin stories and explaining what the 40s version of each of the characters are, but by the end of this trade you know who each lady is and have a feel for their character. And of course, you see some butt-kicking along the way. SO MUCH FUN!!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Anna (Curiosity comes before Kay) Partrick

    I liked this muuuchhh better as a volume than in single issues. The artwork is gorgeous, the story is feminist in an extremely positive way, and I cant wait to see where it goes next. Also, Bunny Constantine in his cage smoking cigarettes is my favorite panel in comic book EVER!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Dan

    Cool redesigns of heroes and villains as pinups but the story was lacking for me. Plus I hated how they radically changed one of my fave characters Batwoman....lame!

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