Saturday, February 13, 2016

Bitch Planet, Vol 1: Extraordinary Machine (Bitch Planet, #1-5)

Bitch Planet, Vol 1: Extraordinary Machine (Bitch Planet, #1-5)
author: Kelly Sue DeConnick
name: Wayne
average rating: 4.16
book published: 2015
rating: 4
read at: 2016/02/13
date added: 2016/02/13
shelves: graphic-novels
I read a feminist graphic novel, and I really liked it. If you know me, that sentence probably just knocked you over, but of course I'm talking about 'Bitch Planet, Vol. 1' by Kelly Sue DeConnick with art by Valentine De Landro.

In a future where patriarchal rule is even stricter, women who find themselves branded as 'non-compliant' find themselves shipped off to ACU, or Auxiliary Compliance Outpost, aka bitch planet. The stereotypes of prison films begin, and the plot forms into a kind of rehash of The Longest Yard, where inmates are challenged to a game of football. In this case, it's some future sport, but seems similar enough. Along the way, we get a little backstory of some of the characters.

It's kind of a cross between 'The Handmaid's Tale' and exploitative women in prison movies. The art style has a retro vibe that I like. I love the comic book ads in the back for pills to make you compliant or classifieds. I love De Landro's covers and her art throughout the book. I was a bit less enthused about some of the characters which seem to be little more than caricatures. Hopefully that gets fixed as things go along. So, lots of stars for art, less for character development. There's also a pretty good discussion guide included. I also got the point without feeling like I was being targeted or hated on. Kudos for that.

I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Image Comics and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.

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