REVIEW: Bombshells Volume 1: Enlisted by Marguerite Bennett and Marguerite Savage

bombshellsAs World War Two rages across Europe, the Allied forces form a special team of the greatest heroines the world has ever known; Kate Kane, the all-American Batwoman, Diana of Themyscira, warrior Princess of the Amazons, Kara Starikov and Kortni Duginovna, defenders of Mother Russia and Mera, royal daughter of legendary Atlantis. With the aid of allies at home and abroad, this mighty women will turn the tide of war and defend those who cannot defend themselves.

Bombshells is brilliant. Even if you don’t know a lot about the characters featured into it, it doesn’t matter as the comic does a good job a setting them up and giving you all you need to know. Plus, as this story is set in World War Two, all the characters are a bit different to how you might expect them to be anyway.

The story follows the five main heroines as they join the fight against the Nazi’s across the globe and though that may sound a bit of a depressing plot, it really is a fun book. While they may be the focus of the story, there are other heroes and villains you may recognise that make an appearance as well. Each lead has their own motivations and even the characters you don’t spend a lot of time with are interesting and compelling.

Bombshells features two of the things I always love, awesome female characters and strong friendships between women. There’s Diana and Mera, both incredibly powerful and almost immortal and Kara and Kortni, who are sisters in all but blood. Then there’s the romance, not only is there a male love interest for Diana but Kate has a badass girlfriend. Female friendships, awesome superheroes and LGBT representation, what more could you want in a comic?

Oh yes, the art! The art style is gorgeous. The way that the characters are drawn means they often look like they could jump off the page. The period-setting is well established in the art and the outfits each of the characters wear suit the time period but they still reference their usual costumes. There’s something about the art that I really liked, maybe because it was kind of old-fashioned like the time it was set but there was still something fresh and interesting about it – much like the story itself.

If you like stories set in World War Two and some awesome female superheroes then Bombshells is the book for you. 5/5.

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