Reviewed: Issues 1-5
Writer: Marguerite Bennett
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.