Bitch Planet, Vol. 2: President Bitch

Bitch Planet, Vol. 2: President Bitch

Eisner Award-nominated writer KELLY SUE DeCONNICK (PRETTY DEADLY, Captain Marvel) and VALENTINE DE LANDRO (X-Factor) follow up on the success of EXTRAORDINARY MACHINE with the second installment of their highly acclaimed and fiercely unapologetic BITCH PLANET. A few years down the road in the wrong direction, a woman's failure to comply with her patriarchal overlords resul...

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Title:Bitch Planet, Vol. 2: President Bitch
Author:Kelly Sue DeConnick
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Bitch Planet, Vol. 2: President Bitch Reviews

  • Tori (InToriLex)

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    I was overjoyed to pick up with the characters in this series. This volume explained more about how Bitch Planet came to be, although there are still pieces to that puzzle missing. We catch up with the characters on Bitch Planet who are still trying to find ways to use their participation in the upcoming Megaton games as a form of rebellion. However in this issue we learn more about the horrors of male power being revered and unchecked at the costs of yo

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    I was overjoyed to pick up with the characters in this series. This volume explained more about how Bitch Planet came to be, although there are still pieces to that puzzle missing. We catch up with the characters on Bitch Planet who are still trying to find ways to use their participation in the upcoming Megaton games as a form of rebellion. However in this issue we learn more about the horrors of male power being revered and unchecked at the costs of young girls. There are a slew of new characters being introduced but not a lot of character development to accompany them. Despite that this was was an enjoyable volume because we finally see the seeds of revolution spreading.

    This is one of my favorite ongoing comics right now because it deals with identity as being a trait of who you are, rather than something that defines your humanity. The pages of these comics touch on many different kinds of diversity. There is a important scene meant to shadow the murder of Tamir Rice that was included to highlight how deadly authority can be. The ads were included at the end of some volumes to highlight the many ways that woman conform and hide while sacrificing their happiness.

    We finally got to meet President Bitch who did not disappoint, demonstrating her commitment to the cause and unwavering courage. I'm excited to see how the rebellion will be rolled out in the next volume. This was a wonderful continuation of a not so unfamiliar future, and I can't wait to read more.

    (Bitch Planet #1-5)

  • Megan

    So, I read this graphic novel last week during my dinner break, and it's taken me this whole week to figure out how to organize my thoughts. Here we go.

    I read volume 1 of Bitch Planet last November, in the scrum of one of the worst elections in American history. I remember watching Donald Trump talk about abortion as if doctors "ripped the baby out, they rip it right out," reading about Mike Pence's beliefs on conversion therapy for LGBTQ+ folks, and listening to countless waves of white Republi

    So, I read this graphic novel last week during my dinner break, and it's taken me this whole week to figure out how to organize my thoughts. Here we go.

    I read volume 1 of Bitch Planet last November, in the scrum of one of the worst elections in American history. I remember watching Donald Trump talk about abortion as if doctors "ripped the baby out, they rip it right out," reading about Mike Pence's beliefs on conversion therapy for LGBTQ+ folks, and listening to countless waves of white Republican men yammer about the evils of Planned Parenthood and the evils of people seeking medical help (*cough* and hundreds of other services) there. Not very Christ-like, any of it.

    Between now and then, Trump was elected President, and everything feels pretty fucking awful.

    Since his "election" there has been a huge backlash against Trump- by women, by teachers, scientists, librarians, politicians, mothers, grandmothers, children. I remember the pride I felt being among hundreds of thousands of people for the Women's March in Boston. I remember being so proud of my best friend for working at the Museum of Science during the March for Science and leading a show about the largely ignored PoC and women in science throughout history. I also remember cringing at the hundreds of thousands of pink hats and transphobic signs held by protestors, thinking that we can do better than this. I remember feeling, and still feel deeply ashamed that our trans sisters (not just our cis-ters), who were monumental in Stonewall and face some of the biggest threats in society today, were left out of this march.

    Reading volume 2 now, not even a year later, is cathartic as all hell. If Volume 1 was the commentary we needed at the time surrounding the election on how to process what the hell was going on, Volume 2 is the fodder to keep us awake and angry, resisting and persisting. The diversity and inclusivity, and the detail in this series is incredible. So much has happened in the world since volume 1 was released, and DeConnick does an incredible job weaving together current events with fiction, although the line feels very blurred in real life. I'll sing Bitch Planet's praises forever, even if my favorite character dies. And that's saying a lot.

  • Logan

    Good! So I FINALLY got this book; After waiting almost 2 years since I ordered it off the previews I finally have book 2 of this series! Was it worth the wait? Yes I think so, in fact the delays this volume had is my only real complaint about this volume, otherwise its great! So what started as a Orange is the New Black meets Hungers Games hybrid; has quickly become an interesting Sci-Fi social commentary on feminism in Society, while still being a well told, fun comic book! Without spoilers thi

    Good! So I FINALLY got this book; After waiting almost 2 years since I ordered it off the previews I finally have book 2 of this series! Was it worth the wait? Yes I think so, in fact the delays this volume had is my only real complaint about this volume, otherwise its great! So what started as a Orange is the New Black meets Hungers Games hybrid; has quickly become an interesting Sci-Fi social commentary on feminism in Society, while still being a well told, fun comic book! Without spoilers this volume continues from vol 1 in very interesting ways, and it has an interesting ending that gets me pumped for the next volume! Artwork is still good, its nothing flashy or that great to look at, but it suits DeConnick's writing so well that I think its perfect for the kind of story this volume tells. Again lots of nudity, so defiantly not for kids. But I really enjoyed this volume, its perfect if your a Sci-Fi Dystopian lover, and it talks a lot about feminism and female empowerment, without making me as male reader guilty for being a man(Which most stuff like this often does); I can read this series as a guy and be totally enthralled and fascinated! Overall a great series, I highly recommend!

  • Hannah

    I don't know how to review this. I always struggle with reviewing graphic novels - especially when it comes to the artwork (somehow "oh look how nice it all looks" really is not all that descriptive). But I also struggle with reviewing this in particular because I am not really sure on my thoughts at all. So, this will be a rambly kind of review where I try to sort my thoughts as I go.

    First of all, I did enjoy this. But it also made me umcomfortable. But I also love the characters. But I think i

    I don't know how to review this. I always struggle with reviewing graphic novels - especially when it comes to the artwork (somehow "oh look how nice it all looks" really is not all that descriptive). But I also struggle with reviewing this in particular because I am not really sure on my thoughts at all. So, this will be a rambly kind of review where I try to sort my thoughts as I go.

    First of all, I did enjoy this. But it also made me umcomfortable. But I also love the characters. But I think it is a bit on the nose maybe. But I love the underlying message of acceptance. But the optimist in me thinks it is a bit to pessimistic. But the pessimist in me thinks it is so plausible, scarily so.

    The characters are what sells this book to me: all the women here are brilliant, flawed, believable characters. I adore the way they are drawn (both figuratively and literally) and how unique they feel. However, they sometimes feel to be more of a vehicle to tell this particular feminist story than completely fleshed-out characters in their own right. I kept asking myself if they would exist if they weren't needed to make particular points; if their reactions would still stay the same; if they would be fundamentally the same people.

    The artwork is stunning in way that sometimes feels uncomfortable. The juxtaposition of colour works brilliantly but has at the same time an overwhelming effect. There were some stylistic choices that I found perfect: especially the use of lipstick in a way that subverts its traditional use.

    I think ultimately I enjoy the big ideas and the characters and many of the style-choices a lot more than I enjoy the story. The plot is definitely the weak point here but I am interested enough to keep holding on the the ride to see where it all goes in the end.

  • Macarena Yannelli

    Lectura rápida. Siempre emotiva. Me quede un poco perdida en lo que pasaba en el argumento, pero lo retome como para el 3er tomó aprox.

  • britt_brooke

    Arrived - and completed - today! The intensity, devotion, and emotion. It's just all so well done. And the artwork blows my damn mind! The "advertisements" are so creative, funny, and sadly, true.

  • Paul

    Much better than the first volume imo.

  • David Schaafsma

    Bitch Planet is a series set in the near future when women’s rights are long gone with the end of resources like Planned Parenthood and a woman’s right to choose. Women who do not fit into society's ideal image for women--physically, emotionally, and so on--get sent to Bitch Planet, and as they say on the cover, these women are "caged and [justifiably] enraged." Men take a hit in this one, of course, but women also take their fair share of abuse, for buying into and helping reinforce societal st

    Bitch Planet is a series set in the near future when women’s rights are long gone with the end of resources like Planned Parenthood and a woman’s right to choose. Women who do not fit into society's ideal image for women--physically, emotionally, and so on--get sent to Bitch Planet, and as they say on the cover, these women are "caged and [justifiably] enraged." Men take a hit in this one, of course, but women also take their fair share of abuse, for buying into and helping reinforce societal standards.

    Not much happened in the first volume except world-building, so we can see what happened on Earth to create what happens on Bitch Planet. We get to meet expected asshole creepy guys who send women away for being non-compliant with men's rules. And there aren’t any good guys, really. But it is a wild story, angry and darkly funny, about women of all shapes and sizes and colors and genders who do not fit in, do not comply, who resist. And then there is Meiko’s death, when things turn darker.

    In the second volume, President Bitch, DeConnick and DeLandro surprisingly go darker and more serious, opening with the backstory about Meiko, weaving in current events with a touch of Orange is the New Black meets Handmaid’s Tale non-compliance. And violence in response to violent and restrictive patriarchy, so it’s not as if everyone will agree that this is the way to go. But there’s a lot of energy, and all the characters are interesting and flawed, so it's not just an us-them tale.

  • brea

    Ugh, here we are again...

    I didn't even review the first volume, because I didn't want to admit how disappointed I was in it.

    I want to LOVE this series; but I find, try as I might, I am just not a fan of Kelly Sue DeConnick's work.

    She seems like a dope ass lady to be friends with, but I just can't hang with her graphic novels. They always seem to just be lacking

    ...

    However, this is not a review of Kelly Sue as a person (again, she seems DOPE AF) but of a comic that I read, and somewha

    Ugh, here we are again...

    I didn't even review the first volume, because I didn't want to admit how disappointed I was in it.

    I want to LOVE this series; but I find, try as I might, I am just not a fan of Kelly Sue DeConnick's work.

    She seems like a dope ass lady to be friends with, but I just can't hang with her graphic novels. They always seem to just be lacking

    ...

    However, this is not a review of Kelly Sue as a person (again, she seems DOPE AF) but of a comic that I read, and somewhat enjoyed.

    I thought this volume was MUCH better than volume one. Although, 50% of the time I didn't have the slightest clue WTF was going on; but I will not deduct "star points" for that, because I should probably have reread the first volume before diving in again because its been a while.

    I did find this volume to be a little more structured than the first, and therefore a little easier to

    as a reader. I also REALLY liked the magazine clippings at the end of the volume. They were well written, and made readers uncomfortable as they point out all these really basic, really misogynistic things people do for the sake of "blending in" to society.

    With that said though, there were still a lot of things lacking, and I found myself looking forward to the end of each issue, so that I could *break* (wtf do I need a break for, I wasn't doing anything strenuous...).

    I really want to like this series. As a self proclaimed MEGA FEMINSIT BITCH, I want to be moved by the comic the way other bad ass ladies have been, but the truth is I'm not. I think there are some wonderful feminist elements to this story, and for that I applaud the SHIT out of Kelly Sue and De Landro, but the truth of the matter is, this is not fantastic writing or storytelling, and that is what this review is based on.

    If Bitch Plant has spoken to you as a bad ass feminist person, then that is awesome! I feel you, respect you, and support you. I just don't feel the same way, unfortunately.

    Rating: 2.75/5 stars. While this comic still hasn't quite wowed me, I will continue to support it, and give it a fair shot, because gosh darn it, this BITCH wants to love it!

    ** Thank you to Image comics for supplying me with a copy of Bitch Planet, Vol 2. in exchange for an honest review. **

  • James DeSantis

    Well I'd like it alot more than 1 so that's good.

    So after the death of a main character we have the rest of the women trying to find their role and still break out of this hell hole. The story doesn't skip a beat, throwing you right into the background of a main character and learn why her ultimate fate ended up that way. Then we jump into present time trying to build all these characters up for the big revolution. The escape. Do they do it? Well it wouldn't be fun if they didn't try.

    Good: The

    Well I'd like it alot more than 1 so that's good.

    So after the death of a main character we have the rest of the women trying to find their role and still break out of this hell hole. The story doesn't skip a beat, throwing you right into the background of a main character and learn why her ultimate fate ended up that way. Then we jump into present time trying to build all these characters up for the big revolution. The escape. Do they do it? Well it wouldn't be fun if they didn't try.

    Good: The art is easier to follow in this one and not as many crazy off color panels. I also thought they flushed out a few more characters and we got to know them. The ending too was pretty epic and fucked up, but worth getting through. The background story was sad, but needed, as it helped build why everyone is so upset.

    Bad: The mass amount of characters will probably make you stop and re-read volume 1 or go on Wiki. It's hard to keep up with them all and then when they show up again you're like "Who are you?" also the pacing seemed off. What happened in 5 issues could have happened in 3.

    This was much more enjoyable than volume 1 for me. I don't think it's "great" like many do but this is a solid, interesting, and well put together volume. A 3 out of 5.

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