Book Reviews, Graphic Novel

Graphic Novel Review: Bitch Planet, Vol 1 & 2 by Kelly Sue DeConnick

Bitch Planet, Vol. 1: Extraordinary Machine and Vol. 2: President Bitch by Kelly Sue DeConnick
Series: Bitch Planet #1 and #2
Genre: Science Fiction | Graphic Novel | Feminism
Length: 156 pages | 144 pages
Published on 7th October 2015 + 6th June 2017 by Image Comics
Purchase: Amazon | TBD
Kelly Sue DeConnick: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Purchased for myself from Waterstones

Synopsis for Vol 1:
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.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.

As I read these two back to back I’m having a hard time seperating them for a review so instead you get a little run down of the two together.

Bitch Planet is about a Planet that is a jail for women who do not conform to societies rules and expectations. This can be anything from being queer, trans, being too loud, too push, to opinionated, or to y’know murdering people.

They are non compliant.
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We join the story when the newest women arrive on the planet. We’re introduced to them a little, the way the planet works, and what is expected of them.

As well as being aware that maybe they’re not all even supposed to be there!

This graphic novel made me angry, in a similar way that VOX did, because this is very much an over the top portrayal of a dystopian patriarchy gone wild. But its still so fucking believable and that terrifies me.

I initially found Volume 1 a little difficult to get into because there was a lot of world and society building that had to be done and honesly I just kind of didn’t give a shit when the men were on the page.

The newest batch of women are given the chance to play the deadliest sport on Earth for some benefits. This sport getting explained lost me but seeing it play out on page helped to make sense of things.

There are a lot of power dynamics in play.

Volume 2 I enjoyed a lot more though because we got some major back story to some of the prisoners, introduced to some new characters, and really created a major change in the plot to help create a very different narrative for the next volume.

Im super excited to see where this goes and can’t wait for there to be more.

Its such an inclusive story with diverse women that is feels so real. They come in different shapes and sizes which was awesome to see as, unfortuantely, many graphic novels tend to draw people in only one way and it can get repetative and unrealistic.
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4 and 5 stars / 5 stars
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12 thoughts on “Graphic Novel Review: Bitch Planet, Vol 1 & 2 by Kelly Sue DeConnick”

  1. I really need to get the second volume of this! It’s such an awesome premise, and I really enjoy the style of art, which I find isn’t always true for graphic novels

    1. yes i love this series so much. i find if im not a fan of the art i dont continue but i was a huge fan of this as it really fit the story too. the seocnd volume really broke my heart and moved teh story forward sO MUCH

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