So spoilers I guess? I just read the first nine issues again, it’s a very quick and fun read. I love this book so much and was so touched when it was sent to me as part of a care package from DC Universe recently. I love that this is a mainly female team working on the book, and I especially love the art for the Batwoman chapters. It feels a little odd that different artists are doing the different chapters at first but once you realize that it’s actually cool.
And I would really love to single out the artwork by Marguerite Sauvage. It’s really stylized and has that vintage 1940s feeling. Her women are very feminine and beautiful, Kate herself is gorgeous-looking and the brief tender scenes between Kate and Maggie are cute and emotional. I wish there were more of them so that when Kate is finally enlisted, there would be an even bigger swell of feelings for Maggie as her beloved is going off to war. But even so, it was excellent.
I really enjoyed the play on the famous Crime Alley scene, the newsreel announcer, Zorro, all these little vintage things just added so much to the art and the world. Marguerite Bennett’s writing is fun and funny (I loved that Amanda Waller line later on about “unexpected and unsuspected resources” with Kate going “Women?”).
I mostly connected with Kate, and not just because she’s perhaps my favorite character, but she was just so well written and drawn. The art style is simple but not simplistic, the colors are subdued and somehow bold at the same time. It’s beautiful. I liked the art during the Supergirl and Zatanna chapters, it was good, but not as good.
The Supergirl and Stargirl chapters were quick but fun as well, it’s interesting seeing them interpreted as part of the Soviet army. Those uniforms are actually very cute and I enjoyed the Russian folktale flavor here. The Wonder Woman chapters were good as well, if going over much of the same material (very similar to the 2017 Wonder Woman movie). Teaming up with Mera was nice, and I had a big dumb smile when Mera was gently making fun of Diana for falling for Steve, who she always calls by his full name, which is pretty adorable.
The Zatanna portion was probably the shortest and I didn’t get into that as much. Zatanna’s initial performance was pretty sexy actually but then it got weird. Tenebrus is creepy… Also, Constantine as a bunny is super cute! Joker’s Daughter is… not
So overall, I think this is an excellent series. It was rightfully nominated for a GLAAD award as an Outstanding Comic Series. While Kate being a lesbian doesn’t really come out in full force here, it’s always in the background, it’s part of her character and who she is. She can be girly and tender with Maggie (that Fourth of July sequence made my heart ache), and then she can dial up her badassness and kick some serious butt when necessary. And that’s why I love Batwoman. I hope the upcoming CW show will have similar moments.
I don’t know if any of the Bombshells universe stuff can really make it into the main DC continuity, but as an Elseworlds story, it’s great. Hard to imagine it came out of a line of collectibles. With any luck, maybe we’ll even get an animated movie or a series? Maybe a DC Universe exclusive?