Knocking out some of these quickly.

Bitch Planet Vol 1 Extraordinary Machine is my second book of 2016. I’ve been reading Bitch Planet in issue format since it debuted, but I wanted to check out the trade as well. Kelly Sue DeConnick’s Captain Marvel was one of the first comic books I read and after following her on social media I learned she’s pretty awesome. So, when she announced Bitch Planet I was excited.

Bitch Planet is a prison “non compliant” women are sent to if they don’t need the standards expected of them by the “Fathers” that lead society. Characters we meet are sent to Bitch Planet for various reasons: murder, Down’s Syndrome, at the request of family members, and even a volunteer. The main character, Kamau Kogo, is convinced to form a prison team to play against professions for the public’s amusement in a popular sport that some kinda mix of football, rugby, and soccer, but there’s so much more going on than just that.
The series isn’t too far along yet, but the world building so far has been really good. You see “compliant” women mostly in the background, but they provided a contrast to the women of Bitch Planet. The compliance leans close enough to our society that it unnerving, looking the right way or acting in a certain way. I find the “Fathers” creepy, especially their title.

So far only five issues are out, the same number collected in the trade. I can’t wait for more, Kelly Sue has said that about 30 issues are planned

  1. GoodReads Reading Challenge – 2 of 30. Finished on Jan 3.
  2. Modern Mrs Darcy Challenge – A book you’ve already read at least once. I’m counting it since I read all the issues before and there was no extra content in the trade.
  3. Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge – The only one it fit in is, a non-superhero comic the debuted in the last three years. I already crossed that off with Lumberjanes so no progress in this challenge.
  4. #BustleReads Challenge – Same as above, it only fits in read a graphic novel written by a woman. But honestly if you’re looking for a woman comic book writer, Kelly Sue is awesome.
  5. POPSUGAR’s Ultimate Reading Challenge – A book you can finish in a day.