Bitch Planet

Bitch Planet

Book One, Extraordinary Machine

Book - 2015
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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?
Publisher: Berkeley, CA : Image Comics, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781632153661
Call Number: GN DECONNICK 2015
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly colour illustrations ; 26 cm


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Funny, snarky, hard-hitting feminism in a sci-fi-exploitation comic. Yes, please. (Tasha's pick)

Why have there not been more unabashedly feminist, scathing indictments of the patriarchy that are this cool, funny, and beautifully drawn? With Kelly Sue DeConnick on the job I have no doubt that will change.

One of my favorite comic series currently being produced, it is a hard-hitting, hilarious, radical bit of speculative fiction that finds non-complying women sentenced to a prison on another planet. DeConnick and her creative team are dangerous in the best way possible.

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ReadingAdviser_Sally Oct 01, 2019

What a refreshing take on a feminism forward story. I LOVED it. It's not men versus women, it is people versus people! The heroes are the only ones willing to say I don't give a **** anymore.

Nov 01, 2018

I don't read a lot of GN but liked this one. Depicting challenges for the female gender and oppression based on race. I like to challenge myself with new kinds of things. Definitely worth reading.

SPPL_Kristen Mar 19, 2018

One of my least favorite things about graphic novels is how quickly the good ones go by. I can't wait to read more of this series.

ArapahoeLesley Dec 10, 2017

Not fun to read at all. I can see the appeal, reflections on the gender and racial inequalities of our society but I prefer those reflections in a different form.

GeeksInTheLibrary Oct 19, 2017

In a near future ruled by a harsh patriarchy, women who speak up or don't conform to society's expectations are shipped off to a violent prison planet where they struggle to survive. Good for anybody who a comic book baby of Orange Is The New Black and Guardians of the Galaxy.

VaughanPLAlison Jun 08, 2017

Violent and profane, and leaves nothing to the imagination, but has some awesome heroines and some important themes about expectations of women. The first volume ends rather abruptly in the middle of things, but otherwise a great read.

fineplan Feb 03, 2017

Certainly not an easy comic to read -- especially as it takes inspiration from retro exploitation films. However, what it says and does with that medium is important without feeling preachy. It's action and adrenaline packed, but brings up some incredibly pertinent issues in regards to women dealing with equality, body image, and a whole range of other institutionalized cruelties. In this future, women can be sent to a prison colony because they are too disobedient, too obese, not willing to used and discarded, and so on. Underneath the Message and the action and the nudity and violence, though, the author and illustrators are able to create powerful, engaging characters. I eagerly await volume two.

SnoIsleLib_KaleyC Dec 29, 2016

This was book-talked to me by a librarian at Seattle Public library as "imagine Watching Orange is the New Black, but Piper died in the first episode." I think I put it on hold before she even finished that sentence! This is set in a dystopian future where women deemed "non-compliant" are sent to another planet as a prison and exploited by businessmen on Earth as entertainment.

Captures the perfect tone of sardonically retro and feminist rage. In other words, totally my jam. Just enough detail is laid out so you know the premise - nonconforming women are sent to the titular penal colony - but leaves you curious for more. We meet the main characters so briefly, but you get a sense of why they did what they did to earn their spot on Bitch Planet (hint: not much). The funnest angry-making, heartbreaking book I've read in, like, forever.

ArapahoeBridget Aug 23, 2016

I loved the retro feeling sci-fi vibe of the art, and the story is fascinating so far. It's also hard to read in spots, and reminds me of the feelings that The Handmaid's Tale evokes. I really want to read more, and I LOVE LOVE LOVE the character Penny the most.

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