On August 25, 2017, DC Comics: Bombshells will relaunch as Bombshells United. Marguerite Bennett, writer of the long-running digital-first series, revealed some new details about this upcoming project to ComicsBeat.
Bombshells United will introduce new, Japanese American versions of Cassie Sandsmark and Donna Troy, Bennet said. These young heroines’ families have been imprisoned in the Japanese internment camps during World War II. While using superheroes to highlight this dark period of American history, Bennett also plans to include a reading list of historical accounts to go along with the first arc.
“Wonder Woman did not appear to intervene in the real story of Japanese-American internment. It was the actual communities that affected real change. The reading list will basically say that these are the books you can read, these are the places you can visit, and these are the people you can speak to to learn how it actually went down,” shared Bennet.
Rather than having the Amazonian warrior save the day, it will be down to Cassie and Donna, two heroines directly affected by Japanese internment. “I wanted to avoid a white savior thing at all costs. I hope the power dynamics are very clear about who’s calling the shots in this story,” added Bennet.
Bombshells: United will not only bring together the Bombshells, but other heroes like Black Canary, Katana, and Bumblebee as well. The first arc will be written by Bennet, along with art by Marguerite Sauvage. Terry Dodson and Rachel Dodson will draw the cover for the first issue, while Stephanie Hans will draw the cover for the second issue.
Bombshells: United #1 will debut digitally on August 25, with the first print issue coming September 9.