Bitch Planet

Bitch Planet

Book One, Extraordinary Machine

Book - 2015
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A feminist send-up of the exploitation film genre that takes place in a dystopian reality where non-compliant women are sent to an off-planet prison.
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]
ISBN: 9781632156174
1632156172
9781632153661
1632153661
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
Alternative Title: Extraordinary machine

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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.

Chapel_Hill_SusanM Dec 22, 2016

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.

AL_BRIDGET 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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May 10, 2016

This is intense and painful. I was expecting something like Saga or Rat Queens, with heartbreak wrapped in action and snark, but nope, this is heartbreak wrapped in broken hearts.

Unromanticized penal colony. Very, very good! Just don't go in expecting vicarious thrills. Or any thrills.

I can't wait for more.

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sartreoriole
Mar 06, 2016

Rarely are retro themes, violence and sexuality used so deliberately and purposefully.

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Apr 01, 2016

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