Read or Flip : Bitch Planet

Aaand I’m back with another indie comic review! Of course, it’s an Image comic publication and people call me a Marvel fanboy. I suppose I’m a little late to this party, it’s been making strides all over the place. First let’s just start with how awesome it is for indie comics right now? Mainstream comics are being made into movies, TV shows, we’ve had both the Avengers movies breaking Box office records, hell, a movie that had Ultron broke box office records, who knew James Spader’s voice would develop into a mechanically tyrannical self-obsessed… I could go on.

Kelly Sue DeConnick, her previous works being Captain Marvel, Ghost and Pretty Deadly, brings you this epic new indie comic accompanied by Valentine De Landro of X Factor(2006) fame. Kelly’s first work involved adapting Japanese manga to English language and her very first work being Slam Dunk Volumes 1–16. She’s also a nominee for the Eisner Award for the Best writer for Pretty Deadly. Enough about how awesome Kelly is and more about the comic.

Bitch Planet is a womenin-prison sci-fi exploitation riff, as Comixology describes it. The artwork is brilliant and fits seamlessly with Kelly’s extravagant story-telling. It does so because it’s the third time Kelly and Valentine are working together. Women, in the future, who are non-compliant are sent to the Auxilary Compliant Outpost a.k.a Bitch Planet, which as Kelly would have it is in space. I know, it does sound like a dystopian futuristic Orange is the New Black but delivers as a comic in a very significant way.

We are introduced to all the different sort of women in the prison in this first issue, women who are brave, women who are scared, women who have murdered, disobeyed husbands, and some undeserving of Bitch Planet. The first issue is a great build up to the exploitation narrative which seems to work very well for the comic and it becomes clear very soon about the survivability on Bitch Planet. It’s wonderful how Kelly has mastered the exploitation, feminism narrative and made it work like a charm in comics. Who knew feminism and comics were such a natural fit!

I’m going with a definitely Read!


Originally published at on May 6, 2015.