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Comic Review: Bitch Planet #1 Image Comics

Bitch Planet #1
Story By: Kelly Sue DeConnick
Art By: Valentine De Landro
Cover By: Valentine De Landro
Cover Price: $3.50
Digital Price: $2.99
Image Comics

Diamond ID: OCT140578
Published: December 10, 2014
2014 Best Writer Eisner Award nominee KELLY SUE DeCONNICK (PRETTY DEADLY, Captain Marvel) and VALENTINE DE LANDRO (X-Factor) team up for the very third time to bring you the premiere issue of BITCH PLANET, their highly-anticipated womenin- prison sci-fi exploitation riff. Think Margaret Atwood meets Inglourious Basterds.

“The striking thing about Bitch Planet is that we're already on it.” - Danielle Henderson (in the afterword of the inaugural issue)

Looking back at 2014, with the way women in gaming were treated, the way women in Hollywood were treated, the way women in comics were treated ... well, women everywhere, generally, it's pretty plain to see where the sentiment behind Bitch Planet comes from. But the real world isn't so deliciously stylized as this new series helmed by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine De Landro.

In the realm of exploitation fiction, lesbian prison stories are kind of a thing, kind of a big thing back in the 70s. Bitch Planet isn't quite that, but it has the trappings, taking the tropes and having as much fun as possible in subverting and celebrating them. In the first few pages we are introduced to the Auxiliary Compliance Outpost #2 as a new shipment of naked female inmates are delivered via rocket ship from Earth, given uniforms and welcomed to their new, pitiful existence. And, boy oh boy, Bitch Planet don't play.

We see the severity and ridiculous of this universe through the eyes of three women: Marian, Penny, and Kamau. Poor Marian was a doting wife in an affluent neighborhood, but gosh darn, she just didn't live up to the standards set by her husband ... or society for that matter. In no time flat, she becomes a target of just about everyone on Bitch Planet, especially after she pleads her case for her imprisonment all being a horrible mistake. Enter Kamau and Penny in all their bad-assery coming to her aide either out of a sense of doing what's right or just wanting to start a ruckus with the guards.

It's grim, it's grimy, it's just great. The first issue totally immersing you in this world, but leaves the door open for so much to be explored, especially since this premiere issue doesn't come close to ending as expected.

5 stars

Gef Fox

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