Bitch Planet, Vol 1: Extraordinary Machine by Kelly Sue DeConnick

I don’t read a lot of comics or graphic novels, but Bitch Planet is the best I’ve ever read. I’m not sure if it’s because it’s the only feminist comic I’ve ever read, but I’m officially addicted and need more. The art is fantastic, the banter is wonderful, and the messages are perfect.

And at the end of each comic there are ads, but not the regular marketing ads, but Bitch Planet ads. I loved this touch, and it really makes you feel like you’re in this world. Some ads are messages from people in the story. Some are for the “guard gear” that the guards of Bitch Planet wear. Some are just blatant reminders of the “non-compliant” women’s places in this world.

This is a dystopian future where women who are not “compliant” are sent to Bitch Planet to live out their lives. The women have a vast array of reasons to be sent to this planet prison. Some women are sent there from just not pleasing their husbands.

This bind up has the first five volumes in this world:

Issue #1: This comic is basically just setting up the world for you. You will learn the hard way that successful men can pretty much do away with their wives at the drop of a hat. Having a mistress is completely okay. Just send your wife to Bitch Planet.

Issue #2: We learn more about our star, Kamau Kogo! She’s an ex-professional athlete, who is wanted for Megaton; which is two teams, with the allowance of 2,000 pounds, who will fight to the death, while playing a game for the world to see. One team will be made of the guards of Bitch Planet, the other will be a team made by Kamau.

Issue #3: This was my favorite issue, because it was all about my favorite character; Penelope Leona! She is the embodiment of loving your body, no matter what. I know it might sound crazy, but I connect with this character more than I connect with books I read full series of. Hell, I connect more with Penelope than real life humans. And the ending of this issue was nothing short of perfection.

Issue #4: Kamau really shows how strong she is. Obviously she is physically strong, but she also showcases her mental strength by forming a new alliance (even if it was by brute force). We also learn that Kamau has a weak spot that will probably be exploited.

Issue #5: This comic is the first game of Megaton. It becomes very apparently, very quickly, how the games are going to go, and how the guards care nothing about the lives of the Bitch Planet prisoners.

Bitch Planet surprised the hell out of me. My only regret is that I didn’t read it sooner, or that there is only one more single issue out as of today. It will make you angry, it will make you think, it will make you want to do something. I can’t think of the last time I’ve felt so strongly about a graphic novel, because I never have before. Bitch Planet is what every girl should be reading.

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