Published by Image Comics on October 7th 2015
Genres: Graphic Novel
Source: Library Book
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?
Collects BITCH PLANET #1-5.
I know it’s early in the year, but this is so going on my favorites of 2018 list. I’ve started lots of great graphic novels over the last few years, but this one really stands out. I should have known based on title alone, right?
But as much as I love graphic novels, sometimes I feel like too much is left unsaid. I really enjoyed Monstress, but I was so lost and confused for the majority of that read that I almost lost interest despite the cool as hell illustrations.
Bitch Planet feels very now- just reading it made me want to punch the patriarchy in the face (and I’ve never actually punched anyone… ever). I loved the characters, and I find the world both familiar (almost depressingly so) and unique.
If you’re unfamiliar with the plot- Bitch Planet is a literal planet where women who are considered Non-Compliant are sent. Non-Compliant, or NCs, can be summed up by any woman who isn’t a Stepford wife. Overweight? Try the parasite diet or end up off planet. Husband wants to just move on with his hot side piece? Ship the old wife off to Bitch Planet! Have an opinion your man doesn’t share? It’s off to Bitch Planet for you!
There’s also this big game called Megatron that’s pretty much compulsory viewing material for men and the women who love their men. Maybe a bit like Rugby, although with little to no rules. In order to drive up views, the men in charge decide it’s time for a all girls team from Bitch Planet.
The women are promised their freedom if they play, but can they survive this deadly game?
The first volume ends with a punch in the gut (or the heart, like heartpunched), so I’ll be getting my hands on Bitch Planet: President Bitch asap!
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So much love for this graphic novel, so if it appeals to you at all then I really can’t recommend it enought.
Bitch Planet, Vol 1: Extraordinary Machine gets a Midnight Book Rating of: