The newest chapter in the Bombshells series, titled Bombshells United #1, focuses mainly on Wonder Woman. The time frame remains World War II, but now they are now in America and they use this lens to discuss important topics that are still at issue today. Bombshells received a lot of praise in the past and this shows that the creators are more than capable of continuing to make praise worthy material. This issue is a Wonder Woman story to be sure, but it never stops being Bombshells.
Right from the start, the whole team makes it clear that Wonder Woman is leading this issue with Wes Abbott’s stars on the narration boxes and Marguerite Bennett’s writing capturing a mythological feel within them. I love that they even call her “The Wonder Woman” at one point. The introduction also does a great job of pithily introducing each of the characters within the story and what role they play. The characters are not selected at random either. This issue takes on executive order 9066 which allowed the placement of Japanese American civilians in internment camps. Key players are Yuki and Yuri as well as Dawnstar. The use of the old school lettering on the introduction of the Dawnstar was such a nice touch and her inclusion serves an important reminder that was not the first time that Americans have done this. The way that the issue is written conveys this information in connection to the events that are unfolding in the comic, but they also speak directly to our current situation. It is almost meta when Cassie confesses that even she is having trouble making jokes because the times are what they are. The villains also pull this double duty. The whole issue is so poignant and the villainous reasoning is unfortunately logical given the circumstances.
Another highlight is the way that Marguerite Sauvage’s women appear quite competent and ready take on anything; these women are not pin-ups, they are heroes. Sauvage is at her best during the action scenes. For example, we get the classic Wonder Woman deflecting a bullet, but the way that the timing during this event is depicted makes it feel both faster and slower to amazing effect. In the center of the page, she is standing strong and her body is not contained within the panel making that presence felt throughout the page. Further slowing down the time is the fact that the gun firing takes up a long thin panel all to itself with her deflecting it in the panel below. At this point, the bullet is the focal point as all we see is her arm raised in position. The fact that these are separated into separate panels gives the feeling of the bullet speeding forward and then indeed coming to a full stop before heading in another direction. The trajectory of this particular bullet would be too much of a spoiler to mention, but this is the way that it should be done folks.
This continues to be comic series that needs to exist. It speaks to right now, or any similar other time in our history and these people are doing it right. As expected, this particular issue has what established fans want, but it is a great series to start on if you haven’t read any Bombshells before. More than anything, this new issue shows us, once again, that these girls are ready to keep throwing down for liber-er-ty! Five Stars!
(W) Marguerite Bennett (A) Marguerite Sauvage (CA) Terry Dodson, Rachel Dodson