Bennett, Marguerite, and Marguerite Sauvage. DC Bombshells, Vol 1: Enlisted. 2016.

My boyfriend surprise visited me this weekend, which was something we both really needed. Been going through some stuff. It’s my spring break now and just seeing him and relaxing with him started it off right.

We went to the comic book store though and I found the last copy of this paperback!!! I AM SO OBSESSED WITH THIS SERIES YOU GUYS HAVE NO IDEA. I have most of the little issues and now I have this and I have some buttons and I want all the figurines. All of them. I don’t even care I can’t afford them I just adore the designs of all the characters they’re just sooo cute.

Anyway, the basic premise of this series is a World War II AU (alternate universe, for those of you who don’t know) which centers on the heroines because it’s assumed all the males are off at war. But they each start to fight the war too, in their own way. Kate Kane, for example, wishes she could be doing something about the war instead of playing baseball to keep the citizen’s morale up. She gets her wish and is recruited by Amanda Waller for a special ops unit called the Bombshells. To Berlin she goes to spy on the German government, playing a dangerous cat and mouse game with Contessa Selina DiGatti and Lex Luthor. When their powers are discovered, sisters Kara Starikov and Kortini Duginova are persuaded by the Soviet government to become the poster girls of the Russian war effort. They accept, for the Motherland and to keep their parents safe. Steve Trevor crash lands on Paradise Island, raving about a madman trying to take over the world – and only Diana believes him and wants to help. With the help of her friend Mera, she takes up arms and whisks Steve Trevor away from her homeland in order to save man’s world.

There are so many more threads to this story, and more of your favorite characters show up as you go. It’s incredibly multi-layered and it’s so exciting to see how each story starts fitting together. More and more artists start working on it as you progress; Margaret Sauvage’s lithe forms and pastel colors are my favorite. I think Sauvage captures the femininity, yet extreme strength, in these characters in this era best.

This paperback isn’t officially released until tomorrow, and I really encourage all of you to check it out! I already can’t wait for my boyfriend to buy me the next paperback ;D

– Kathleen