When DC announced their Bombshells variant cover line for June of last year, I wasn’t overly enthused. The covers were lovely and generally classy, but they featured only female characters and I didn’t think that DC really needed to showcase women in a pin-up manner given their poor track record with female characters generally. The only time DC Comics seems to shine the spotlight on women is when they do so in a sexy way, and as well done as those covers were, I just didn’t find them necessary.
Now DC is set to launch another Bombshells variant line in August, and I’m much more onboard because several things have changed. First, the line-up includes men this time! I’m very glad to see an equal opportunity pin-up situation. Second, the Bombshells are getting their own comic book. These women are no longer posed objects but full characters with their own World War Two era storyline. Furthermore, the book will be written by Marguerite Bennett with art by Marguerite Sauvage, two fantastic female creators who I’m sure will tell a great story. You can’t beat the double Marguerite!! (Feel free to borrow that awesome rhyming slogan, DC). Finally, female fans seem to have really embraced the Bombshells, and that’s just hard to argue with. While it’s somewhat disheartening that pin-up gals are among DC’s best options for enjoying female characters, they’ve gone over well with many women and have taken on a life of their own in merchandising.
So without further ado, let’s take a look at Wonder Woman’s many cover appearances across the Bombshells variant line, starting with the cover to DC Comics Bombshells #1:
I’m glad to see that Wonder Woman will have a primary role in the series, and Supergirl and Batwoman are fun choices for spotlight characters as well. The book will premiere digitally first in July and then the print version will be out in August.
Up next is Justice League of America #3:
I’m always glad when Terry and Rachel Dodson get to draw Wonder Woman, and this is no exception. I really like this cover, and would totally buy it as a print.
Wonder Woman also shows up on the cover of Justice League #43:
Emanuela Lupacchino is another one of my favourites, and I dig the uniform angle here. I also like that several of the covers in the line seem to me moving from pin-up poses to war propaganda posters. That’s a lot more fun.
Wonder Woman #43 focuses on a classic Wonder Woman villain:
It’s the Cheetah, drawn by Ant Lucia. This one has more of a pin-up feel, what with the rather buxom Cheetah here, and using the scarf to look like a tail is a clever touch.
Finally, Wonder Woman and Superman team up for the cover of Superman/Wonder Woman #20:
This cover is also by the Dodsons, and I sort of dig mustachioed welder Superman. This variant cover continues a long line of Superman/Wonder Woman variant covers where I’d much rather read a story based on the variant cover than what’s in the actual book.
All of these covers will be available this August, so maybe check ahead with your local comic shop if you want to pre-order any. The Bombshell variants were a very popular line last time around, and they may go quickly.
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