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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.

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

  1. 4 out of 5

    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!

  2. 4 out of 5

    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.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Dave 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!

  4. 4 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)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  5. 5 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 ki *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.

  6. 4 out of 5

    L. McCoy

    I was expecting this to be a fun little DC Elseworlds kinda book with bad-ass female heroes in WW2. I was not expecting a masterpiece.What’s it about?This book follows elseworld takes on various DC female characters during WWII. Various superpowered women end up involved in the war both on and off the battlefield.Why it gets 5 stars:The story is interesting. Being a fan of DC comics and war comics I greatly enjoyed seeing the mix of those 2 in this.The artwork is beautiful! Holy shit, it is so g I was expecting this to be a fun little DC Elseworlds kinda book with bad-ass female heroes in WW2. I was not expecting a masterpiece.What’s it about?This book follows elseworld takes on various DC female characters during WWII. Various superpowered women end up involved in the war both on and off the battlefield.Why it gets 5 stars:The story is interesting. Being a fan of DC comics and war comics I greatly enjoyed seeing the mix of those 2 in this.The artwork is beautiful! Holy shit, it is so great! Almost every page is a stunning piece of artwork!These renditions of the characters are so damn good! Alright, I’ll try to go over them quickly. Wonder Woman is pretty much the Wonder Woman we’re used to but she’s cool so it works. Supergirl and Stargirl are fantastic! I loved the (view spoiler)[ Night Witches related origin story for them! I have a great fascination towards the Night Witches so I fucking loved that! (hide spoiler)] Mera is pretty bad-ass! Zatanna is very interesting. Batwoman is just as bad-ass as she usually is. Catwoman is pretty cool. Harley Quinn is actually interesting in this (I usually don’t care for her). Poison Ivy seems kinda bad-ass. Lots of strong, stunning female characters. I recently posted a thing on Twitter saying that it’s amazing how women are so adorable yet powerful at the same time and that fits the description of these beauties! There are also a few interesting male characters (esp. Constantine).This book has outstanding action scenes throughout! My favorite is probably (view spoiler)[ the scene where Wonder Woman and Mera have to protect Steve Trevor. That scene is so freaking bad-ass and perfect! (hide spoiler)]This book has some good comic relief. (view spoiler)[ I particularly loved seeing Constantine as a smoking, talking, snarky bunny. That is hilarious and very Constantine. (hide spoiler)]This book is pretty suspenseful. At first I thought it was sorta predictable but it’s one of those great times when I thought it was predictable at first but just a bit before the half-way mark BAM! All kinds of shocking twists and suspense. Love that!While I would not label this as horror it has some horror elements that are pretty damn cool.The feminism stuff is done well. So I’m a guy who thinks women can be bad-ass and support equality as women are just as smart, strong, etc. as men but too often books with feminist messages go into the “I’M TRIGGERED BY EVERYTHING AND FUCK ALL STRAIGHT MALES!” bullshit which is shitty and can ruin the fucking book.This however just puts bad-ass, strong women doing awesome things in the spotlight with a message of equality and not being a fucking pig.The romantic subplot with Batwoman and... okay, I forgot her girlfriend’s name is very sweet and well written. Very interested to see where that goes in future volumes.The ending is fantastic.Overall:At the time I am writing this review none of my Goodreads friends gave this the same 5-star rating I’m giving it but I have no idea why.It’s an interesting story with stunning artwork, bad-ass characters, amazing action scenes, some good comic relief, suspense as well as many other things.It’s everything you could want in a superhero comic and more. This is fucking awesome, can’t recommend it enough!5/5["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 4 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. I LOVED THIS SO MUCH. If you haven't read these yet, pls do. Wish they'd do a Netflix series or something.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Rod Brown

    I had reservations about a comic book series based on a statue line, but okay, sure, I used to read comics based on toys all the time (Rom, Micronauts, Transformers, etc.) so I guess that's not a big deal. And I enjoyed flipping through The Art of DC Comics Bombshells a couple years back.The statues and the art book are just basically cheesecake, so I was surprised that beyond Marguerite Sauvage and cover artist Ant Lucia, the other ten artists who illustrate the stories in this book aren't very I had reservations about a comic book series based on a statue line, but okay, sure, I used to read comics based on toys all the time (Rom, Micronauts, Transformers, etc.) so I guess that's not a big deal. And I enjoyed flipping through The Art of DC Comics Bombshells a couple years back.The statues and the art book are just basically cheesecake, so I was surprised that beyond Marguerite Sauvage and cover artist Ant Lucia, the other ten artists who illustrate the stories in this book aren't very strong when it comes to that style of art, churning out fairly generic superhero pages. (And some of them really need to dig out some WWII photo reference once in a while, because their uniforms and equipment are shamefully shoddy.)To offset the cheesecake, there's an attempt to give the story a feminist slant. And I like that the writer wanted to give the heroines strong, independent personalities and storylines, but too many characters are juggled in too many settings doing too many things to give any individual much chance to actually develop as a person. And of course whatever they are doing still has to generously focus on T&A.Not well drawn, not well written, not much more than a time-wasting muddle.

  11. 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.

  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. 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. 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.

  14. 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! 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!

  15. 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.

  16. 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. 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.

  17. 4 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. 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.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lucie

    3.5 starsI love the concept of this run so much and I cannot wait to read more of it (meaning that if I find the second volume at my local comic store tomorrow, IT SHALL BE MINE)!I’m already really attached to those characters: having an all-female crew fighting in World War II is everything and I need to see more of them already. If we don’t count Mera (I’m always there for Mera, what a surprise), I’m most attached to Kate (Batwoman) so far, but we’ll see how my love for everyone grows as we go 3.5 starsI love the concept of this run so much and I cannot wait to read more of it (meaning that if I find the second volume at my local comic store tomorrow, IT SHALL BE MINE)!I’m already really attached to those characters: having an all-female crew fighting in World War II is everything and I need to see more of them already. If we don’t count Mera (I’m always there for Mera, what a surprise), I’m most attached to Kate (Batwoman) so far, but we’ll see how my love for everyone grows as we go! This first volume set up the series and as there are many characters, it was a bit hard to follow and to wrap my head around it sometimes, but it got better and better as I understood what was actually going on. I already knew most of the characters, so it wasn’t too confusing, but it’s better to go in with some prior knowledge of the main characters. I did feel like some scenes started/stopped abruptly when I’d have needed more, but I get that they have a limited illustration space, so. Plus this is the first volume and a set-up! The plot lines will get stronger and as I know the characters, it’ll be easier to read now!Also can we talk about how beautiful the art was??Overall, I really liked this, it was a good introduction to this universe, even if it might have been a little bit confusing at times. I’m super excited to see where this is going and to stare at the art for an hour for each page.

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