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Bombshells: a love letter to DC’s female superheroes

A review of the comic book Bombshells

DC Comics

Bombshells would be a Cinderella story if Cinderella wore motorcycle boots and traded in her ball gown for a leather jacket. The book is set in a universe where female superheroes like Batwoman, Mera, and Wonder Woman fight Nazis — these women are all that stand between Hitler and global domination. But they’re more than just a vintage, badass team of superpowered ladies styled as Vargas girls.

The creative duo of Marguerite Bennett and Marguerite Sauvage plays with the idea of living in a world where female superheroes aren’t merely derivatives of the male superheroes who came before them. The comic pokes fun at the idea of how women are presented by men — a meta-commentary on the decades of female comic book superheroes written and drawn by men. It’s a clever wrinkle, executed in a playful, intelligent, and deeply hilarious style.