Can Wonder Woman show Clayface what it means to be a real hero?
Bombshells United continues its exploration of the home front during World War II, as Wonder Woman tries to avoid Clayface. She’s now seen as an enemy by the U.S. government after stopping a train from taking Japanese-Americans to internment camps. United #3 includes the fifth and sixth chapters of the digital-first series written by Margueritte Bennett. Is this issue any good?
Here’s the official synopsis from DC Comics:
Battles are lost and battles are won, but the war continues into 1943. Cassie Sandsmark and Donna Troy don the uniforms of the Wonder Girls to protect the American home front.
In these chapters of “American Soil,” Wonder Woman tries to connect with Clayface, who has assumed that what makes Princess Diana a real hero is her fighting abilities. But Wonder Woman wants him to know that what makes her truly great is her empathy and understanding. She was never really the glorious hero who blindly follows American orders he heard about in stories. Being a hero means putting the lives of others first, even if it means endangering your standing with a government.
Later, Cassie Sandsmark, Donna Troy and their friends team up to prove Wonder Woman right. They also get a gift from a surprising former enemy to help prove to Clayface that goodness in one’s heart and the power to give mercy is more important than how strong a punch is.
So far, Bennett has made sure United stands on its own with its different subject matter. The story has had more in common with the handful of issues set in Gotham City than the adventures all over Europe. While Wonder Woman is the big star here, we’re finally seeing how the heroes abroad have inspired a younger generation to fight for the ideas the adults should be fighting for.
But one aspect of the original Bombshells that has been carried over is the variety of artists Bennett has to work with. Siya Oum drew the Part 5, which is heavy on action in the early pages. Her work fits the literally grimy nature of this part and the pages feature a unique layout of panels and action. Part 6 is handled by Luciano Vecchio, whose work is a little cartoony (some of his previous work for DC includes issues based on the Beware The Batman series), especially when compared to Oum’s work.
Bombshells was much more enjoyable than you’d think for a series based on statue designs and United has continued that so far. Bennett continues to do strong work, picking interesting pairings to tell her stories. We don’t often see Wonder Woman squaring off with Clayface, after all.