Bitch Planet is an ongoing comic series published by Image Comics (Walking Dead, Saga). Currently, there are 2 volumes out. Volume 1, which I'm going to talk about today, is called Extraordinary Machine and contains issues #1-4. Volume 2 is called President Bitch, and contains issues #6-10.
The first thing I want to say about this book, is that I read it in one sitting and loved it. It takes place in a dystopian future where patriarchy and government are one and the same (reminiscent of The Handmaid's Tale). Non-compliant women are sent to the Auxiliary Compliance Outpost, a prison on another planet commonly referred to as Bitch Planet. What kinds of crimes earn a sentence on Bitch Planet? Seduction, emotional manipulation, disrespect, and being a "bad mother" go hand in hand with murder and assault. Former athlete Kamau Kogo also finds herself there. She accepts an offer from management to form a duemila, or megaton, team. The fictional sport combines football, boxing, wrestling, and favoritism from the judges. Her team of inmates will play against the guards; those on Earth will see it broadcast over The Feed.
Meanwhile, readers observe the sexist and racist nightmare that is Earth, and the scheming of those in power to keep society that way. The two stories weave together to form something utterly sinister. As a bonus, at the end of each issue, you'll find a page of fictional advertisements-make sure to read them!
This fantastic book showcases a diverse array of women, who vary in skin color, body type, and sexuality, a welcome quality in any book. It also features plenty of nudity, language, and violence, so it's rated M for Mature.
Find both volumes of Bitch Planet digitally on Hoopla. If you prefer print, request from MelCat or check in with your local comic book store if you would like to own it.