Review: “DC Comics: Bombshells Volume 1: Enlisted” by Marguerite Bennett and Marguerite Sauvage

DC Comics: Bombshells Volume 1: Enlisted by Marguerite Bennett and Marguerite Sauvage

A review by Courtney.

I’m not going to lie, I picked up this comic after I saw all the amazing posters coming out and then Hot Topic released a Bombshells line of clothing but before I jumped completely on the bandwagon, I decided to read the comic first. I try to be a well read fangirl, but that involves the long story of my nosedive into comics in the first place. Long story short, there is a lot of Bombshells merchandise out there, and I wanted to find out if I actually liked the Bombshells before I bought any of it.

Volume 1 of Bombshells covers several introduction stories because there are five main bombshells and then we also have to meet a couple other characters that I’m not entirely sure how to classify at the moment.  Bombshells takes place during World War 2, or definitely sometime in that era (the United States is engaged in war against the Nazis). It starts off with Batwoman, Kate Kane, who is a baseball playing vigilante until she gets recruited by Amanda Waller to be a Bombshell and help win the war. Wonder Woman and the Amazons get tired of their people getting hurt and killed by the bullets and bombs that keep falling on the island during air battles and decide to take matters in their own hands and destroy the planes overhead indiscriminately. Wonder Woman teams up with Mera to rescue a fallen soldier who is sentenced to death because of the crimes of his fellow soldiers. We also meet Super Girl and Star Girl who hail from Russia and are on the run after discovering that their government is lying to them and attempting to trick them into killing their own people who are outspoken against the government. This is barely the tip of the iceberg of the characters and stories that are introduced in this volume.

This volume is hard to digest in terms of the sheer amount of characters and backstory you have to keep track of. I was already familiar-ish with most of the characters so it wasn’t as bad for me because I already had a previous connection with most of the characters. If I hadn’t known anything about any of the characters, it would have been a tough read. Even trying to summarize all of the characters is a struggle because there are just so many. I did enjoy getting to read Zatana’s plotline because she is a character I have never read before and wanted to read and I was given enough to pull me in. At the moment, the characters aren’t interacting with each other very much, but this volume only covers the first six issues and there is a lot in there. I do appreciate where the story has the potential to go and I’m hopeful for the direction it will take. It reads like a novel that someone attempted to put into comic book form.

The art and the costumes are fantastic. I really appreciate the 40’s feel to it that everything has and because it takes the characters in a fresh direction. I get why this book has been so commercialized; the looks that each character has are just very throw back, retro in an oddly empowering way. I am looking forward to reading more of the story to see if the characters do get more depth and to see how they interact with each other in the future. I would recommend this comic to anyone who is curious about what the fuss is about, who has also read at least a couple of comics about any of the main Bombshells because I think a little background character knowledge is helpful in following the storyline.

My rating: 3.5/5 stars.

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