Series: Bitch Planet #2
Published by Image Comics on June 6, 2017
Genres: Adult, Dystopia, Graphic Novel, Science Fiction
Sexual Content: References to rape, nudity.
Reviewed by: Kim
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 results in exile to the meanest penal planet in the galaxy. But what happened on Earth that this new world order came to pass in the first place? Return to the grim corridors of Auxiliary Compliance Outpost #2, to uncover the first clues to the history of the world as we know it…and meet PRESIDENT BITCH.
BITCH PLANET: PRESIDENT BITCH takes place in a future where outspoken women are forced to wear red overalls emblazoned with NC for Non-Compliant, and the “worst” of them are sent to an off-world prison. This graphic novel pulls no punches, dealing with issues like rape, equal rights and the treatment of prisoners.
I especially appreciated the rape content warning at the beginning of the book. There was a full page warning about the reason one of the inmates was sent to the prison from the first issue. It was a flashback and isn’t strictly required reading to make sense of the rest of the book. It was cleverly done, facing tough issues while giving a graceful out to people who can’t handle it.
The book weaves together the private stories and struggles of the prisoners along with the overall political upheaval that inevitably comes when 50% of the population is worth less than the other. With the contrasting storylines of the current president on Earth and the ex-president up in the off-world prison, the future and the past meet with a dramatic clash.
With colourful, violent characters clashing, often to the death, BITCH PLANET: PRESIDENT BITCH is a gory, disturbing and thought-provoking ride for mature audiences. I can’t wait for the next one.Series Titles:
- Bitch Planet Volume 1: Extraordinary Machine
- For more near scifi that deals with the treatment of women and the LGBT population try the Trees series by Warren Ellis.