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Book Review: Bitch Planet, Vol. 1

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I’m the worst at keeping up with book reviews, but look at me now.  Writing a review…like a month after I read this one.  Which doesn’t reflect my feelings toward this comic/graphic novel/I can never decide which term to use, Bitch Planet, Vol 1:  Extraordinary Machine by Kelley Sue DeConnick.

The premise is the stuff dreams are made of:  in the near future, non-compliant women are sent to a prison planet informally known as Bitch Planet.  You know you’re going to adore all of these characters, don’t you?  You also know your love is doomed.

In the beginning, we follow Marian, a married woman who insists this is all a mistake and her husband will be doing everything in his power to have her released.  There are some great point/counterpoint panels that support everything Marian says…until there’s a sudden dark turn.  Remember this series is called Bitch Planet, ok?

After our dramatic twist, it turns out Kamau is really our protagonist.  In addition to being a gifted fighter, Kamau has some sort of mysterious dark past b/c of course she does.  Her life on Bitch Planet is about to get even more unpleasant since she is framed for murder by the prison guards.  All of this happens because the Bitch Planet execs want Kamau to form a team that will fight to the death against a team formed by the prison.  It’s apparently a Bitch Planet tradition that makes them a lot of money.

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Only the biggest badass ever.

So we’ve got a rigged futuristic football game to the death, which Kamau is pretty reluctant to participate in.  However, several of the other inmates convince her to form a team, which includes my faves Meiko and Penny.

Penny had a particularly difficult childhood—her mother was considered dangerous, and Penny was raised by her grandmother until age 8.  After her grandmother was arrested, Penny became a ward of the state.  In her adult life, Penny remains fiercely loyal to her family and becomes violent when provoked.  Not a reflection of idealized beauty, Penny nevertheless remains full of strength and self-confidence, never letting others define her.  She’s definitely my hero.

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Fucking hero.

It’s not a great idea to get too attached to any of the characters, though, as even the practice game of prisoners vs. guards ends in tragedy for our team.

You know even more shit is going down in volume 2 (which I’ve already pre-ordered).

Rating:  4/5 Pink Panther Heads

I really enjoyed it, but there were times when I wanted to skip ahead to the fake newspaper at the end of each issue called Hey Kids, Patriarchy!  Not because there’s anything wrong with the main story plot but because the biting satire is at its strongest in these issues.

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I think it’s clear what I mean.  Highly disappointing that you can’t actually buy any of the advertised products.

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Author: jilliansheilas

I like books, bad movies, bothering my cats, and Herbert Lom. Sometimes I behave like an information professional.

5 thoughts on “Book Review: Bitch Planet, Vol. 1

  1. This sounds INCREDIBLE! I love your review so, so much. To Amazon to find it for myself! xo

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  2. Ps. I love your non-film posts as much as I love your film reviews! xo

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    • Thanks, girl! I’m working really hard to actually follow up and do some book reviews at least for the summer! Not going to lie, my willpower is pretty weak.
      Hope you like it if you end up picking it up! I think it’s hard not to appreciate the social commentary if nothing else.

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  3. This sounds amazing and has promptly been added to my TBR. That premise! Loving book reviews from you!
    I’ve never really read graphic novels, but I’ve recently been loving the first volume of The Wicked + The Divine which has got me wanting to read more of them. This is perfect. 🙂

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    • I can’t recommend this enough!
      True confession: I used to read Elf Quest growing up, but I didn’t read any graphic novels/comics besides that until one of my friends made me read Watchmen. So so so good/dark.
      I greatly approve of the rise in kickass graphic novels about women that just keeps on going. I’m just about to start Monstress, which I think will be pretty kickass as well!
      Thanks for the lovely feedback re: book reviews. ❤ ❤ ❤
      I'll have to add The Wicked + The Divine to the list!

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