Writer Marguerite Bennett has revealed new details about the relaunch of her long-running digital-first series DC Comics: Bombshells, which will debut on August 25 as Bombshells United.
Bennett explained to ComicsBeat that Bombshells United will introduce new, Japanese American versions of Cassie Sandsmark and Donna Troy - young heroes whose families have been imprisoned in the Japanese internment camps the United States government operated during World War II.
Despite using superheroes to highlight a dark period of American history that, according to Bennett, is too often ignored or glossed over, the writer plans to include a reading list of historical accounts of Japanese internment camps 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.”
Further, it won't be Wonder Woman herself saving the day - that will lie in the hands of Cassie and Donna, two heroes directly affected by Japanese internment.
“I wanted to avoid a white savior thing at all costs," Bennett explained. "I hope the power dynamics are very clear about who’s calling the shots in this story.”
Other new heroes, such as Black Canary, Katana, and Bumblebee will join the roster of "Bombshells" with Bombshells United, which will also bring in rotating artists, including many who previously worked on DC Comics: Bombshells. The first arc will be drawn by Marguerite Sauvage.
Bombshells: United is scheduled to debut digitally on August 25, with the first print issue coming September 9. Here is the first print issue's solicitation: