Title: Bitch Planet #1: Extraordinary Machine by Kelly Sue DeConnick, Valentine De Landro, Taki Soma (Artist), and Robert Wilson(Artist)
Genre: Fiction – Science Fiction, Feminist Literature
Length: 136 pages
Format: Graphic Novel
Publication Date: October 20, 2015
Publisher: Image Comics
Rating – 5/5!
“…one of the most unique and subversive artifacts of pop culture in recent memory.” – Salon.com
“Seldom do comics burst onto the scene and shatter our worldview by being entirely poignant, raw, and captivating – but then, most comics aren’t Bitch Panet.” – Entertainment Weekly
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?
I picked up Bitch Planet #1 under the recommendation of a fellow participator in the Panels Read Harder challenge. This particular graphic novel satisfies the “Read a feminist comic” challenge requirement.
Bitch Planet #1 collects issues 1-5. It is about women. All types of women who don’t fit into this idea that the men on earth classify as the ideal woman. These women are thought of as bad, difficult, as subversive and they have a need of being taught a lesson or being punished so they are reported for various infractions like obesity or being a bad mother and they are shipped off to live on what is commonly known as Bitch Planet.
I am SO glad that I read this. I absolutely loved it and am now OBSESSED. There are a lot of things that I loved about it. I loved some of the characters and their strength in the face of things and experiences that have been designed to “teach them a lesson” or make them weak. I loved the old school style advertisements at the end of every issue. A lot of them made me chuckle and some definitely poke fun at ridiculous ideals prevalent in not only the society in this graphic novel but ideals that are existent in our society’s culture as well like the obsession with fad diets and plastic surgery.
This graphic novel was SO good. I stayed up super late to finish it because once I started it I just couldn’t stop and I am in for the long haul on this one. I immediately went searching for volume two but it hasn’t come out yet so I am eagerly awaiting it’s release. This graphic novel has filled me with the need to read more feminist literature, that’s an area in which I am lacking but one that is so important and this just reminded me of that. I can’t wait to continue this, I loved everything about it…the tone, the characters, the overall story, and the art.
I highly recommend this!
Happy reading everyone