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DC Comics: Bombshells, Vol. 1: Enlisted

(DC Comics: Bombshells #1)

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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.
Paperback, 144 pages
Published March 8th 2016 by DC Comics (first published March 2nd 2016)
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ by: L. McCoy
I loved it!! Here’s the DC Vynls I was talking about. I had to pull them off my shelf because it was too dark! 🙄





Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
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Jeff
Aug 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: comix
Bodacious Babes Battle Brazen Balding Bi-speckled Baddies

Desperate times at DC (New 52, Rebirth) saw the publisher use a line of statuettes for inspiration for a comic title – Bombshells.



Hey DC, I can ask my Mom to dig up my old comics that I wrote and drew myself when I was 8 years old. Sure the art is minimalist (read: stick figures) but I’m sure you can pull something together from my grade school “genius”. Note the use of only five or six main colors (black – people, guns, cars, etc. , ora
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Roxanne
Aug 23, 2016 rated it it was ok
Literally the only thing i liked was Constantine as a bunny, that's it.


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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 ...more
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 ...more
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
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Chad
May 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
DC's cheesecake statues comes to life as they move beyond alternate covers and into stories of their own. DC may have done away with the Elseworlds moniker but they haven't done away with the concept. The ladies of DC take center stage in an alternate World War II where most of the men are off fighting the war and these girls are ready to do their part. As this book ramps up, the girls slowly coalesce to enlist in the Bombshells even if we're not sure what that is, just that it's run by Amanda W ...more
Corrie
This is fun :-)

The basis of this series with kick-ass heroines in the lead were a line off 1940s pinup style Bombshells variant covers and a series of statuettes. Set in a WWII alternate universe we follow our female superheroes and how they came to be. I really like how this is done.

Themes: DC Comics, female super heroes kicking ass in WWII, alternate universe, super powers, feminists.

4 stars
Megan
Dec 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Based off a line of "Bombshells" variant covers and statues of the female characters done in 1940s pinup style, this comic book is set in an alternate universe during the Second World War. In this world, the female superheroes came first, and we follow them as they get their starts.

This book was a surprise delight. For a series based off a series of pinup pictures and statues, I was not expecting something so feminist. The women still face all the sexism that would have been typical for that ti
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Ashley Marie
I'm in love. Need more immediately.

Update: I figured out what I love most about this, thanks to the wikipedia page for the series (technically the wiki page is for the statues, which came first, but there's a section about the comics too): "We wanted to make a principle of the series to have the conceit that in this alternate history World War II the women came first. No heroine is derivative of a male counterpart. They are the heroes". Bennett’s rhetoric is seen in the first issue of the comic
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Sesana
Apr 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
I didn't have high hopes for this one, almost didn't read it. It's based off a series of expensive fanservice statues, so I was expecting a bunch of cheesecake. I wouldn't have read it at all, except that I saw Marguerite Bennett was writing. I don't love everything she does, but I can at least trust her to write female characters. My faith was rewarded. Because it turns out that Bombshells is a solid Elseworlds-esque story. Set during World War II, the series reimagines DC's iconic female chara ...more
Ylenia
Apr 14, 2016 rated it liked it
*2.5 stars*

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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.

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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
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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
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Diz
Apr 12, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
This started out strong, but it suffered from having too many artists. Marguerite Sauvage handles the art in the first issue, and everything she draws is amazing. After the first issue, there are usually two or three artists per issue, and in the later issues the art is particularly bad. Inexplicably, the writing gets really bad by the final issue in this collection as well, despite the fact that the writer doesn't change. ...more
Lexxi Kitty
I had originally attempted to read this story through the individual comic issues, but gave up after the first or second issue. Reading the collection of 6 issues reminds me that I cannot judge anything off of one issue.

In theory there’s an interesting possible story here – looking at Superheroes (mainly female) back during WWII, many of whom (all?) are modeled on superheroines and supervillains operating in modern times. In practice? Eh. It isn’t really what the people behind this comic did. Th
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Cassi
Nov 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
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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.
Allison
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED THIS SO MUCH. If you haven't read these yet, pls do. Wish they'd do a Netflix series or something. ...more
Rod Brown
Oct 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
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
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Bookishrealm
Jan 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Travis Duke
Jun 02, 2016 rated it liked it
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 ...more
Chantaal
Mar 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
anna marie
Jan 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
V Good!!!!!
theres queers and cuties and nice outfits and girl power and violence against nazis!!
Clarissa
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
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!
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Chelsea 🏳️‍🌈
This was just as great as I remembered! I'm all in favor of wlw kicking Nazi ass and fighting for the underdogs.

Marguerite Bennett manages a lot of threads in this volume. In this WWII AU, we're introduced to the famous Batwoman and her parter Maggie Sawyer, Harley Quinn and smuggler Poison Ivy, contessa Selina (I forget her last name in this book), the Russian Stargirl and Supergirl, Wonder Woman, Mera and Zatanna. It's a lot, there's a lot of backstory to be explained and I never felt like Be
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Cale
Jun 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Kirsten
Apr 24, 2019 rated it liked it
I really liked this. Along with Superman: Red Son, this comic is an alternative history, which really makes it a lot of fun!

It also stars a lot of women superheroes (and villains), some of which I've never heard of. (I've always been a Marvel girl.) The characters are well fleshed out and the comic is unabashedly feminist.

Can't wait to check out #2 in the series!
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Solace Winter
Aug 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Liam
Mar 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
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.
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Lucie
3.5 stars

I 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
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