Entertainment DC Comics have just unleashed fire with ‘Bombshells’
Super hero comic books have a lack of female characters, unfortunately that has been true since the beginning of the genre, and really it’s one of the genres weakest troupes. However, now that comics are starting to become mainstream, a change is taking place in the comic book industry. After it’s big summer event, Marvel Comics is releasing A-Force which will be a team made up of almost every female superhero in the Marvel Universe. In response to this, Marvel’s competition, DC Comics, have revealed an ace up their sleeves. Most main super heroes in the DC Universe have some for of female counter part, Superman has Supergirl and Batman has Batgirl for example. This week DC Comics released Bombshells which is an all female team made up of almost every female superhero on the DC Universe with one crucial difference, it’s set in World War Two.
The Bombshells series is based on a set of variant covers by Ant Lucia that came out midway through the New 52 era of DC Comics and were very successful at the time. The variant covers were so popular that DC Comics launched a full product line, including statues and pin-up posters. I’ve been a big fan of the variants and the products so when I bought the first issue of the series this week I was extremely excited to see how Marguerite Bennet and artist Marguerite Sauvage would tackle this reimagining of class DC Comics heroines.
I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. The concept for the series revolves around World War Two and how it affected women around the world. The first issue is split into three short stories; one set in New York about Batwoman, one set over Amazonia as Wonder Woman defends her people in the middle of a dogfight and one set in Russia as Supergirl joins the Red Army. Each story is fun and has a general sense of women stepping into new roles because of duty and honour. The art work throughout Bombshells is good, although I find that it’s a little lacking when compared to the original variant covers. Overall the story is strong and the art complements it nicely creating a piece that’s enjoyable for almost any reader.
If this sort of thing that appeals to you and you want to read a book all about strong female characters in an intriguing historical setting you can pick the issue up pretty easily. Forbidden Planet have Bombshells for a mere £2.65 or you can get the issue in smaller e-comics though the DC Comics app for around 99p each. I really recommend supporting this as it’s a great approach to bringing feminism into the world of comic books without it feeling too forced. Together we can make women in comics a non-issue. We can do it!