Bombshells United #1
Donna Troy enlists the help of Wonder Woman and Dawnstar to stop a trainload of Japanese-Americans from being taken to an internment camp. Wonder Woman comes face to face with a familiar foe.
I must admit that I never finished reading the DC Bombshells series. So as a result, I was a little lost at a few points. That being said, this issue has a powerful message in it. Based in an alternate timeline of American history, the Bombshells are attempting to rewrite history.
Marguerite Bennett is a brilliant and competent writer and I love her work, but this issue is a little muddy in the story department. After three re-reads, I could not work through my own confusion with the story. For a number one issue, it was light on background info and was heavily tied up in the story. It may have been due to my lack of knowledge of the previous series and for the sake of this review, I will chalk it up to just that. I love Marguerite’s work and I want to love everything she does.
A short American history lesson that we’d like to forget. After the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941, there was a strong anti-Japanese sentiment in the United States. In the name of national security, some 120,000 Japanese-American citizens were “relocated” to internment camps until 1946. That move by the United States government was one of the most flagrant violations of civil liberties in American history.
“One mechanic and one metallurgist sitting in a tree? Throwing down for liberty.”
Bennett should be commended for touching on this subject, especially with the current state of events in the United States today. And that is what I love most about comic books, the ability to tell meaningful and controversial stories in the guise of a fantasy world. This story is something that should never be forgotten, and thanks to Bennett, it is again laid out for future generations.
There were a couple of noteworthy lines that I felt tied the story together with time in history it represents. There is mention of a $1.25 hairdo from Woolworth’s, which caused a nostalgic grin on my part. Then one of the most powerful lines, “After three years of war, a leader of that free world delivered commands from on high…not with a sword but with a pen…dripping blood, dripping ink…a stain to make a mark to last forever.”
The art of Marguerite Sauvage, with cover art by Terry Dodson, Rachel Dodson, and Babs Tarr completes this issue. It is everything you’d expect from Sauvage except there were times it was difficult to tell certain characters apart. Her art, wonderfully colored, really helped to place me in that era, to make me feel apart of the story.
Terry Dodson and Rachel Dodson provide a beautiful main cover featuring Wonder Woman and Babs Tarr with an extraordinary alternate cover featuring Batwoman and Wonder Woman.
In spite of the confusion I had with the story, it is the overall message it tells that makes Bombshells United #1 so enjoyable. Having an interest in World War II history was a big draw for me to this issue and the Bombshells in general. I will have to make it a point to pick up the first series in trade. I can see where Bennett may be going with the story line and has my interest through the first story arc at least.
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