DC Comics: Bombshells, Vol. 1: Enlisted

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Short Description:

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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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.


Gabrielle

So on the one hand, I adore WWII era bombshells/pin up art, and when you use that as an inspiration to re-imagine the kick-ass ladies of DC, I am definitely throwing cash in your face and buying the book. But on the other hand, as this series was based on a line of (I kid you not) statuettes that were originally probably more about fan-wanking and inspiring sexy cosplay than about decent storytelling, I have to give you a cautiously skeptical raised eyebrow. But I must say that I was pleasantly So on the one hand, I adore WWII era bombshells/pin up art, and when you use that as an inspiration to re-imagine the kick-ass ladies of DC, I am definitely throwing cash in your face and buying the book. But on the other hand, as this series was based on a line of (I kid you not) statuettes that were originally probably more about fan-wanking and inspiring sexy cosplay than about decent storytelling, I have to give you a cautiously skeptical raised eyebrow. But I must say that I was pleasantly surprised to see that this series definitely goes beyond the (admittedly) very cool and sexy art work: this is an alternate history retelling of WWII, where the female superheroes are front and center, punching Nazis and putting the male superheroes in their place. I always loved the female heroines in the DC Universe, but I also always felt like they were could have had much richer and more original story lines if they were not constantly orbiting the male superheroes - which isn’t always easy considering the canonical continuity their franchises are stuck in. So this standalone series, which essentially ignores all the previous ones, is refreshing, fun and explores the well-known characters with a brand new perspective. A little digging showed that this was actually the aim of the graphic novel series’ creators: to make the female characters not dependent on their male counterparts and really push their own stories and agency. The first volume of the Bombshells series introduces us to Batwoman, nicknamed thus because of her talent for baseball... and for fighting criminals with her trusted bat, of course. She is recruited by Commander Amanda Waller, who is in charge of a very special army intelligence and tactical unit, dedicated to fighting the Nazis in Europe. In parallel, we see how an American solider crashed on a small Greek island, and piques the interest of an Amazon princess; while in Soviet Russia, two sisters known as the Supergirl and Stargirl realize that their military is using them as a tool for propaganda. A few other well-known DC characters are reintroduced, such as Catwoman, Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy and Lex Luthor. The diversity in the story doesn’t feel forced, and while there is some very era-realistic sexism for the Bombshells to deal with, the message here is a truly positive and empowering one. This was a very fun read: the artwork is stunning and the characters are beautifully reinvented. Some details are a bit rushed, hence the 4 stars, but I'm looking forward to the rest of the series!


Roxanne

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

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