Comic Book Review: BITCH PLANET

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Story: Kelly Sue DeConnick
Art: Robert Wilson IV, Valentine De Landro
Cover: Valentine De Landro
Published: October 7, 2015 

Eisner Award-nominated writer Kelly Sue DeConnick (Pretty Deadly, Captain Marvel) and Valentine De Landro (X-Factor) team up to bring you the premiere volume of Bitch Planet, a deliciously vicious riff on women-in-prison sci-fi exploitation.

In a future just a few years down the road in the wrong direction, a woman's failure to comply with her patriarchal overlords will result in exile to the meanest penal planet in the galaxy. When the newest crop of fresh femmes arrive, can they work together to stay alive or will hidden agendas, crooked guards, and the deadliest sport on (or off!) Earth take them to their maker?

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When I walk into a comic book store, I tend to wonder. Yes, I typically have a few things on my mind that I want, but ultimately what catches my eye ends up accompanying me on my way out. Since I am a fast reader, I really enjoy snatching up volumes and that probably says something about my lack of patience. I can enjoy issues as much as the next bitch, but hand me a nice volume packed full of issues, and I am a happy camper.

You can only imagine the look on my face when I noticed this comic book. Bitch Planet? WHAT? Honeslty, I didn't look much further. The name and tag lines on the front were enough for me to justify the purchase and start reading it the next day.

There is so much greatness in Bitch Planet. As the name would apply, it deals with a lot of social issues focused on women. What we are expected to be. How we are expected to treat others. What we are expected to look like. How we are expected to act. Now, imagine a futuristic world where those social pressures became "compliances". You MUST follow them, or your ass gets sent to Bitch Planet. In short, an entire prison planet for women who are "non-compliant".

These social issues are brilliantly put on display amidst vibrant retro-style art. Dabs of information, smart assery and general awesomeness are snuck into snippits everywhere you look, from the fake ads to background newspapers.

Bitch Planet is thought provoking and empowering. I absolutely loved the first volume and will be subscribing to everything in this series from this day forward.


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