Bitch Planet, Vol 1: Extraordinary Machine (Bitch Planet #1-5) by Kelly Sue DeConnick, Valentine De Landro, Taki Soma (Artist), Robert Wilson (Artist)

February 10, 2016
Book Review, Bitch Planet Vol 1: Extraordinary Machine, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Valentine De Landro, Taki Soma, Robert Wilson, InToriLex

Bitch Planet, Vol 1: Extraordinary Machine (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?


This was an awesome Mashup of satire, humor, truth and awesome visuals. I recommended this for mature readers over 18.  In this dystopian future women are sent to Bitch Planet for non-compliance=not following the manipulative script the ruling men, have decided all women must follow. The visuals are fantastic, and there's gems all over the place taking aim at all the crap society tell women they must be. Loving yourself for who you are in this world, is a radical rebellion that is punished harshly.

Most of this issues focus on meeting the main characters who will be forming a Bitch Planet team to compete in Megaton/ Duemila, a national violent sport that usually only involves trained athletes. But we also see glimpses of how warped the society at large is. It is dangerous to value woman as more than shells used for the service of men, and anyone trying makes themselves a target. There's  social commentary about how luxurious it is for the people who can exercise power over others to act all knowing, while the people they enslave are just struggling to survive. In this too familiar future, everything seems to be for sale, while violence is used unfairly and often.

There is a lot of nudity in this comic, but it shows the many ways a woman's body can look rather than what's passes in our society as the standard. There's so much goodness to unpack, and I'm really looking forward to how the plot develops in future issues. I'm also interested in how race is addressed in this world. The back of each issue has awesome ads, that poke fun at normalized ads telling women that what is natural and normal, should be changed. This is a delight that pulls no punches, and should be a joy for all comic lovers and readers who enjoy feminist satire.


Angel Erin's Book Obsession said...

I'm in just from the title alone! I like satire and I'm all for girl power! Fabulous review!! :D :D

Kindlemom said...

It does have an interesting title! Glad it was a good read too and a nice mix of things.

InToriLex said...

Thanks, yes it was soo godd I'm patiently awaiting the next trade!!

InToriLex said...

Yes! I just started getting into comics. But it has been an awesome ride!!

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