By Philip Schweier
October 24, 2017 - 13:14
I like the concept, and heaven knows there aren’t enough effective female characters in comic books these days. But I am dismayed at what appears to be an attempt to re-write history. The Bombshells unite to free a trainload of Japanese descendants bound for American internment camps. I don’t deny the wrongdoing of the American government in the 1940s, but portraying it in this fashion reeks of “social justice warriors.” They can’t legitimately fix the past, so they re-write it for the benefit of the comics.
But to her credit, Marguerite Bennett makes the oh-so-valid point that “the things we want most to forget are the things that must be most remembered.” The internment camps and other forms of persecution are not wrong because they happened to the wrong people. It’s that they happened at all.
Diana may not have the ability to change what has happened. What she hopes to accomplish to change the future, and that’s what grieves me about the SJW movement. I’ve been accused of not caring enough about the Native Americans who were slaughtered by the hundreds in the 19th century. I regret that it happened, but I have no time machine to change it. All I can hope to do is impact the future.
It’s not my intent to politicize a comic book story, but my interpretation of the first issue is that it’s a gender-based effort to write a better world. But that shouldn’t surprise anyone. It is Bombshells in an alternate reality after all.