Bitch Planet

Break­ing chains

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Rated / Comics -

Re­lease Date: OUT NOW!

Pub­lisher: Im­age Writer: Kelly Sue DeCon­nick Artist: Valen­tine De Landro

Women- in­prison

movies have a long tra­di­tion in ex­ploita­tion cinema. Typ­i­cally ex­cuses to string to­gether shower scenes and S& M bul­ly­ing, movies in the sub­genre like Chained Heat and Wicked War­den couldn’t be ac­cused of be­ing pro­gres­sive. In­spired by a re­visit cre­ator Kelly Sue DeCon­nick made to the ladies- in- cages gems she grew up on, only to dis­cover they weren’t as fem­i­nist as she re­mem­bered, Bitch Planet does things dif­fer­ently.

Women- in- pri­son movies gen­er­ally take place in the present, or the past, on planet Earth. Bitch Planet is set in a fu­tur­is­tic night­mare. The first two is­sues fol­low a group of new in­ductees sent to Aux­il­iary Com­pli­ance Out­post In­take Fa­cil­ity Two, an off- world pri­son that treats its in­mates as en­ter­tain­ment. Then in ev­ery third is­sue, DeCon­nick fo­cuses on one prisoner, ex­plor­ing their back­story in depth with a guest artist.

It’s es­sen­tially Or­ange Is The New Black meets Fortress. The women are an eclec­tic group, both when it comes to per­son­al­ity, and, sig­nif­i­cantly, body types. Like its in­spi­ra­tions, Bitch Planet is packed with nu­dity. Un­like those films, the women’s bod­ies are var­ied, and real. Valen­tine De Landro’s art is beau­ti­ful, with a car­toon- re­al­ist edge Sean Phillips would be proud of.

Like all the best science fic­tion, Bitch Planet works as al­le­gory – sub­vert­ing sex­ist tropes to cel­e­brate fem­i­nist ide­ol­ogy. It’s also su­per- fun, cool, and vi­o­lent. Now all it needs is a movie adap­ta­tion, and the cir­cle will be com­plete. Sam Ashurst One idea DeCon­nick left out was trans­la­tion de­vices that con­vert pris­on­ers’ speech to “Com­pli­ant English”, full of apolo­gies.

Is that a cameo from Casper?

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