The latest title in DC Comic’s digital first line is based on their Bombshell Collectible series. DC Bombshell’s is a line of statues that re-imagines classic DC heroines in a retro 1940’s style. These revisions to characters like Wonder Woman, Black Canary and Harley Quinn are imaginative and detailed designs. In August the Bombshells will feature on variant covers for all DC comics to tie in and promote this new series.
The series itself is written by Marguerite Bennett with art by Marguerite Sauvage. It’s a strong sign from DC that two female creators are working on a project like this. While I’m really impressed with the statues, they could be easily criticized for being over sexualized. Bennett and Sauvage now have the responsibility of giving these characters a voice so they can become true icons.
The story is set at the beginning of the second World War and as many men left to fight overseas, the woman of the era stepped in to keep the country running. While for us in the real world that meant factory jobs, in this version of events it also includes vigilantism. This first issue focuses on Batwoman, a baseball star by day, crime fighter by night. Bennett re-imagines Kate Kane’s origin with the trappings of a different era. We are introduced to the high concept by a sports announcer, reading copy that sounds like it’s from a War Reel. This quickly establishes the tone of the series. The dialogue by the announcer and characters establishes the era without being too old-fashioned for modern readers. Though it does feel a bit overused when a defeated gang member starts spouting it as well.
Sauvage’s art style compliments the story. It’s simple and almost Disney-esque. The art is able to convey a sense of motion during the fight scenes, and expresses the character’s thoughts without the aid of dialogue. Maggie’s jealousy and Kate’s romantic history are established in a wordless panel. The art goes a long way to establish that these sexualized statues can be interesting characters, even though Kate and Maggie do spend the final scene in their underwear it does have context in the story and does not feel exploitative.
At $0.99 the story delivers value for money and easily establishes the setting of this universe as well as Kate Kane and her motivations. The cliff hanger introduces a major DC character (no, not Batman) and has the potential to bring even more exciting elements with them into the second chapter.
Part One of “Enlisted” can be purchased now from Comixology, alternatively the complete story will be released in print sometime in August.