Bitch Planet is a prison planet where women are sent for being non-compliant, basically anything that doesn’t fit with what a woman ‘should’ be (I have no doubt that I would be sent there were it a real thing).
At first it looked like another one of those ‘there are lots of black characters but the one white blonde woman is the main / hero’, but then…no, it turns it on it’s head which is great. A short essay by Danielle Henderson in the back talks about feminism, compliance, and the fact that women of colour are three times more likely to be jailed than white women, and how non-whiteness in itself is often seen as ‘non-compliance’.
This is not a subtle comic. The artwork is a mixture of typical comic book style and retro 70s sci-fi. There is female nudity, and I think they manage to play on old exploitation films without actually being exploitative themselves.
As I’ve said before I’m not a huge fan of single issues, and prefer trades, because there just isn’t quite enough for me in a single. I did feel that niggle with Bitch Planet #1, but generally it’s a great set-up for whatever is to come. I think I’m going to love this. It’s like Margaret Atwood had a comics baby with extra sass. Be still my heart.