Bomb­shells

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Re­viewed: Is­sues 1-5

Writer: Mar­guerite Ben­nett

Artist: Var­i­ous

Pub­lisher: DC

For­mat: On­go­ing

Ant Lu­cia’s DC Bomb­shells be­gan life as col­lectable fig­urines, be­fore be­com­ing a mer­chan­dis­ing sen­sa­tion. Now they have their own dig­i­tal-first comic, writ­ten by Mar­guerite Ben­nett with art by var­i­ous artists, start­ing with Mar­guerite Sauvage.

It’s the 1940s and the world is at war. With the men away fight­ing, women are step­ping up to the vig­i­lante plate. This al­lows Ben­nett to clev­erly re­work the ori­gins of Bat­woman – now a base­ball-play­ing so­cialite – and Su­per­girl and Star­girl, Soviet fighter pi­lot sis­ters (who look con­fus­ingly sim­i­lar).

The wartime set­ting also al­lows Ben­nett to re­turn Won­der Woman to her clas­sic ori­gin, with Steve Trevor crash-land­ing on Par­adise Is­land and Diana head­ing off to fight the Nazis.

The reimag­in­ings of clas­sic char­ac­ters are ex­cel­lent: Su­per­girl has more at­ti­tude and strength here than in the main­stream DC con­ti­nu­ity, while Won­der Woman is far more be­liev­able than in her cur­rent self-ti­tled book.

Sauvage’s art on the first three dig­i­tal is­sues per­fectly cap­tures the tone, but sub­se­quent artists’ work looks a lit­tle too mod­ern to fit in with the Bomb­shells aes­thetic. Ben­nett, though, has found her niche: Bomb­shells lets her be witty and cheeky while craft­ing a cast of fe­male char­ac­ters who re­main true to their iconic traits. Abi­gail Chan­dler

Turn­ing pinup-in­spired fig­urines into he­roes.

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