Bitch Planet, Vol. 1: Extraordinary Machine

Bitch Planet, Vol. 1: Extraordinary Machine

Eisner Award-nominated writer Kelly Sue DeConnick (Pretty Deadly, Captain Marvel) and Valentine De Landro (X-Factor) team up to bring you the premiere volume of Bitch Planet, a deliciously vicious riff on women-in-prison sci-fi exploitation.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 res...

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Title:Bitch Planet, Vol. 1: Extraordinary Machine
Author:Kelly Sue DeConnick
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Bitch Planet, Vol. 1: Extraordinary Machine Reviews

  • Bradley

    This series is SO DAMN REFRESHING. It is an absolute indictment against all kinds of double-standards, it reads like a play-by-play scrapbook of everything that's wrong with PEOPLE. It's not just men versus women. It's everyone against everyone, with the heroes being only those people willing to live by the "I just don't give a fuck anymore," standard. Good for them!

    Is this a book about modern feminism? Hell Yes. Is it skewering in bright satire everything that's wrong with us? Hell YES.

    Men are

    This series is SO DAMN REFRESHING. It is an absolute indictment against all kinds of double-standards, it reads like a play-by-play scrapbook of everything that's wrong with PEOPLE. It's not just men versus women. It's everyone against everyone, with the heroes being only those people willing to live by the "I just don't give a fuck anymore," standard. Good for them!

    Is this a book about modern feminism? Hell Yes. Is it skewering in bright satire everything that's wrong with us? Hell YES.

    Men are the obvious targets, of course, but the commentary about women who are complicit in the system is truly scathing.

    Add all this to a damn brilliant script and effortless character development and fearless willingness to show real women with natural bodies that are nude over practically every other page and equally IJDGAFA because they're on a prison planet designed for women, and you've got yourself a beautiful pink brawl of a graphic novel well on the way to becoming a personal favorite across any genre.

    Yeah. I'm white and I'm a guy. So the fuck what? It's like I've been waiting for this comic all my life. I've hated the way women are treated and treat themselves ever since I could even think for myself.

    I hate all the fuckwits that reduce people into tidbits and object lessons and self-reinforcing shamebarrels of defeatism. Most of my issues with YA literature revolves around the way it turns girls and women into the nightmare versions of themselves instead of just REAL PEOPLE.

    This here comic is putting all the crap thinking on a spotlight, and I love it. Love it. Love it. Love it.

    If you think I'm joking about the message, then sit down and read the short essays at the end. I'm so fucking proud of these women. All I can really hope for at this point is that it becomes a runaway global success that crushes the patriarchy by the sheer weight of Penny. Or it's own hollow ideals. One or the other, it doesn't matter.

    It's a WIN, either way.

  • Elizabeth

    You are non-compliant, prepare for AWESOME.

  • Steph Sinclair

    I haven't been reading a lot this year, because Life has been very unkind to my hobbies, but I saw Leigh Bardugo talking about this on instagram one day and so I decided to check it out. So let me start telling you how much you need this in your life immediately.

    The comic is a work of brilliance. It tackles patriarchy and sexism in a way that will make you angry and empowered simultaneously. It makes you want to give the entire world the one finger salute and while healing it. It made me want t

    I haven't been reading a lot this year, because Life has been very unkind to my hobbies, but I saw Leigh Bardugo talking about this on instagram one day and so I decided to check it out. So let me start telling you how much you need this in your life immediately.

    The comic is a work of brilliance. It tackles patriarchy and sexism in a way that will make you angry and empowered simultaneously. It makes you want to give the entire world the one finger salute and while healing it. It made me want to burn shit down and tap dance on my desk. I don't know. I just had a hell of a lot of feelings after reading this.

    OH OH OH. THE SHOWER SCENE. NO WORDS EXIST THAT CAN EXPLAIN WHAT I'M FEELING.

    Just read it. You won't be disappointed.

  • Anne

    So, I

    the feminist slant, and I loved the in-your-face attitude of the comic. Especially the stuff about body image.

    But as far as the

    plot went, I was a little disappointed.

    Maybe because I'd read so much hype about this one? I'm just not sure.

    In dystopian future women are arrested and imprisoned for being

    . Just about anything from being overweight to outspoken can result in incarceration on (what is commonly called) Bitch Planet.

    There's lots of nudity in this

    So, I

    the feminist slant, and I loved the in-your-face attitude of the comic. Especially the stuff about body image.

    But as far as the

    plot went, I was a little disappointed.

    Maybe because I'd read so much hype about this one? I'm just not sure.

    In dystopian future women are arrested and imprisoned for being

    . Just about anything from being overweight to outspoken can result in incarceration on (what is commonly called) Bitch Planet.

    There's lots of nudity in this, but it's not the kind that pays service to drooling fanboys. It takes all the

    movies, embraces them, and then turns them on their ear.

    Even the obligatory

    scene, gets a brand new twist.

    Although, the best part (to me) was reading all of the hilarious advertisements in the back of each issue. Make sure you don't pass these up!

    And that's where this volume shines. It was all the

    things that it called BULLSHIT on, that made such a huge impact on the story. These are the things that women are told to worry about every day!

    Does your vag

    need to smell like some sort of a chemical flower? I'm gonna step out on a limb, and say...

    .

    It deals with different body types, weight, color, and the general diversity in women, but it also deals with the attitudes towards women with...um,

    . If you're outspoken and opinionated does that make you a

    ? Yeah, maybe.

    But is that a

    thing?

    Again, going out on that limb to say...

    .

    Alrighty, as far as the story?

    A group of these Bitch Planet prisoners are going to compete in some sort of game, as the Female team. It's apparently being done to add

    to this Olympic Gamesish competition (<--still a bit unclear).

    Of course, the deck is stacked against them, there's a conspiracy with the higher ups in government, and public opinion is not in their favor.

    But the ladies may be able to make a statement (and/or kill a bunch of people in charge) if they make it to the final round of the games.

    Hopefully, I'll get the opportunity to keep reading this one, and maybe by the next volume the main plot will be a little more defined.

    Overall, though, I thought the message in this was very cool. Recommended for boys and girls

    over 18.

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  • Scott (GrilledCheeseSamurai)

    It's good. It's smart. I'm a dude.

    Doing any kind of review on this kind of scares me.

    Yeah. I'm intimidated. fuck you.

    The truth is, besides being scared, I just don't think I'm smart enough to review this properly. I mean, I'm smart, I just...I dunno. I'd just end up shitting my pants.

    So fuck it.

    Without getting into what this comic should mean to people...human rights, feminism, and all those smart ideas, I can say that beyond that, after all that, this is still a fuck-ton of fun to read. What

    It's good. It's smart. I'm a dude.

    Doing any kind of review on this kind of scares me.

    Yeah. I'm intimidated. fuck you.

    The truth is, besides being scared, I just don't think I'm smart enough to review this properly. I mean, I'm smart, I just...I dunno. I'd just end up shitting my pants.

    So fuck it.

    Without getting into what this comic should mean to people...human rights, feminism, and all those smart ideas, I can say that beyond that, after all that, this is still a fuck-ton of fun to read. What I mean to say is, even as important as it is, even without the agenda of a message, this comic is hella fun. The art is wicked - I loved every page - and the covers...every one of them is so badass. The characters scare the shit out of me. Both the people on earth and on Bitch Planet. The story doesn't pull any punches and, frankly, makes me feel kind of uncomfortable reading it.

    And I guess that's the point.

    DeConnick nails it. I applaud her and the success that this book is so deservedly getting.

    That said...with the way this volume wraps up, for the love of shit...can we please get the next one...!

  • Nat

    This review contains

    .

    I was feeling a bit under the weather these past few days, so this came at the perfect time for me to read and escape into.

    In a future not so far away, troublesome and offensive women are jettisoned to the off-world penitentiary commonly referred to as Bitch Planet.

    There's an incredible variety of characters that brought this volume to life, with my personal favorites being Kamau Kogo and Penny Rolle (issue three was my favorite because Penny got to be the star)

    This review contains

    .

    I was feeling a bit under the weather these past few days, so this came at the perfect time for me to read and escape into.

    In a future not so far away, troublesome and offensive women are jettisoned to the off-world penitentiary commonly referred to as Bitch Planet.

    There's an incredible variety of characters that brought this volume to life, with my personal favorites being Kamau Kogo and Penny Rolle (issue three was my favorite because Penny got to be the star).

    Her backstory was one of the most interesting ones!!

    Meanwhile, Kamau Kogo is tasked with pulling together a team of prisoners to compete in the all-male sport known as Megaton.

    Yes, you did!

    The women in this one were definitely the highlight, so when the focus shifted a bit from them, I kept losing my motivation to continue. I just personally loved the volume more when it didn't focus on the tedious men in "charge."

    And another thing: I wasn't expecting this graphic novel to be so enlightening, but it handled a lot of topics in the most informative way. It's similar to one of my favorite shows -

    - in that way. They even both had a terrible cliff-hanger at the end...

    No one is safe.

    Seriously, damn that ending... the only silver lining is that the next volume comes out in October.

    And my only other (tiny) complaint is that I would've liked for more of a background on all the incredible women in this volume. So I'm hoping that will happen in volume two.

    Also, feminism in graphic novels?

    .

    Overall, I'm really glad that I picked up this volume and cannot wait for what's to come next!

    ,

  • Melki

    Imagine a society where men make all the rules regarding women's rights and behaviors . . . and they want all women to be seen and not heard. They want them to look like FOX News bimbos, spout the party line, and have no opinions of their own.

    They want women to be

    .

    Imagine . . .

    Sadly, it's not that hard to do.

    Welcome to Bitch Planet, gals, where it seems you'll spend half your life walking around nekkid. (At least you'll be allowed to have pubic hair - I found that surprising.) This i

    Imagine a society where men make all the rules regarding women's rights and behaviors . . . and they want all women to be seen and not heard. They want them to look like FOX News bimbos, spout the party line, and have no opinions of their own.

    They want women to be

    .

    Imagine . . .

    Sadly, it's not that hard to do.

    Welcome to Bitch Planet, gals, where it seems you'll spend half your life walking around nekkid. (At least you'll be allowed to have pubic hair - I found that surprising.) This is where they send all the women who don't fit in . . . women who dare to pack on the pounds, women who object to their husbands cheating on them, women who refuse to sit down, and shut up; women who nevertheless

    . It's sort of like

    here, but you don't take electric shop or sew panties. What you do get is a chance to fight the guards in a televised event, and you can just imagine what a fair and balance fight

    going to be!

    This was a five-star review for me until we got to the Megaton game; it was too much like

    , only with no funny ha-ha stuff. Otherwise, I LOVED it. Carry on, ladies. Tug on your pussy-hats, and overthrow the patriarchy.

    Be

    !

    And remember, if someone calls you a bitch . . . you must be doing something right.

  • Whitney Atkinson

    This book has such an AMAZING idea. a graphic novel about a prison on a separate planet that women are sent too for being bad mothers, too fat, an accident, etc.? Count me in. It's incredibly diverse, full of powerful women, and is just such a great satire about the patriarchy and I was on my way to loving it.

    But the execution of it is so sloppy. Half of this story takes place on Earth where men-- who we aren't adequately introduced to-- are just discussing Bitch Planet. I wish we could have foc

    This book has such an AMAZING idea. a graphic novel about a prison on a separate planet that women are sent too for being bad mothers, too fat, an accident, etc.? Count me in. It's incredibly diverse, full of powerful women, and is just such a great satire about the patriarchy and I was on my way to loving it.

    But the execution of it is so sloppy. Half of this story takes place on Earth where men-- who we aren't adequately introduced to-- are just discussing Bitch Planet. I wish we could have focused on the women on the planet instead and I got bored any time we were on Earth.

    Secondly, the way that the panels read was so confusing. Some pages would have you read completely across the spread because both pages made one entire picture, but then you would turn the page and it would go back to reading left to right on each page. It got really confusing in which order I was supposed to read the panels.

    Finally, the concept was just difficult to grasp. I don't know if it was because this is sci-fi or because it jumps back and forth between Earth and Bitch Planet so often, but I couldn't grasp the storyline at all. There's so much dialogue to slog through that's just so irrelevant and boring and in the end, it doesn't supply anything to the story. I enjoyed reading about the characters' backstories, so I wish we got more of that instead of flashes to Earth.

    I'm just really upset because I wanted to love this, but it let me down. I would contemplate rereading it one day to see if I can comprehend it better and raise its rating, but the fact that I was so bored during most of this will probably discourage me from trying this ever again :/

  • ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)

    , look who didn't like a book everyone else loves!

    »

    : "Think Margaret Atwood meets Inglourious Basterds."

    »

    : "I don't give a damn about Tarantino, but please don't insult Margaret Atwood."

    I read a graphic novel by Kelly Sue DeConnick. It is the second time that the first thing that comes to my little mind after reading a graphic novel by Kelly Sue DeConnick is: "

    "

    …because most

    feminist slant ever.

    …because great premise bu

    , look who didn't like a book everyone else loves!

    »

    : "Think Margaret Atwood meets Inglourious Basterds."

    »

    : "I don't give a damn about Tarantino, but please don't insult Margaret Atwood."

    I read a graphic novel by Kelly Sue DeConnick. It is the second time that the first thing that comes to my little mind after reading a graphic novel by Kelly Sue DeConnick is: "

    "

    …because most

    feminist slant ever.

    …because great premise but

    .

    …because bland bland bland,

    , dull dull dull, one-dimensional characters.

    …because barely there, uninteresting, should-have-been-amazing,

    .

    …because, just like in

    , Kelly Sue DeConnick

    to be original, and clever, and cool, and hip, and wow-I'm-so-awesome. And the result is an

    .

    …because I don't like the art. At all. Because it reminds me of

    . Because the style

    from one page to the next you'd think the artist had a

    . And because the

    . There is absolutely

    here.

    »»

    : either this graphic novel is really a confusing mess, or I've had too much vodka again. I've had it with

    . I'm outta here.

  • ☆♥☆Kotyonok♥☆♥

    My reviews for this volume issues#1-5, where I try to break down my thoughts on this

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