Bitch Planet, Vol 1: Extraordinary Machine

Bitch Planet, Vol 1: Extraordinary Machine (Bitch Planet, #1-5)Bitch Planet, Vol 1: Extraordinary Machine by Kelly Sue DeConnick
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

 

 

So, I loved the feminist slant, and I loved the in-your-face attitude of the comic. Especially the stuff about body image. LOVED IT!

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But as far as the actual plot went, I was a little disappointed.
Maybe because I’d read so much hype about this one? I’m just not sure.
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In dystopian future women are arrested and imprisoned for being non-compliant. Just about anything from being overweight to outspoken can result in incarceration on (what is commonly called) Bitch Planet.

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There’s lots of nudity in this, but it’s not the kind that pays service to drooling fanboys. It takes all the Women in Prison movies, embraces them, and then turns them on their ear.

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Even the obligatory sexy shower scene, gets a brand new twist.

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Although, the best part (to me) was reading all of the hilarious advertisements in the back of each issue. Make sure you don’t pass these up!
Spicy Cinnamon Taco douche…for the girl adventurer!

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And that’s where this volume shines. It was all the small things that it called BULLSHIT on, that made such a huge impact on the story. These are the things that women are told to worry about every day!
Does your vag really need to smell like some sort of a chemical flower? I’m gonna step out on a limb, and say…no.

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It deals with different body types, weight, color, and the general diversity in women, but it also deals with the attitudes towards women with…um, attitude. If you’re outspoken and opinionated does that make you a bitch? Yeah, maybe. shrugs
But is that a bad thing?
Again, going out on that limb to say…no.

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Alrighty, as far as the story?
A group of these Bitch Planet prisoners are going to compete in some sort of game, as the Female team. It’s apparently being done to add spice to this Olympic Gamesish competition (Of course, the deck is stacked against them, there’s a conspiracy with the higher ups in government, and public opinion is not in their favor.
But the ladies may be able to make a statement (and/or kill a bunch of people in charge) if they make it to the final round of the games.
I THINK.
Hopefully, I’ll get the opportunity to keep reading this one, and maybe by the next volume the main plot will be a little more defined.
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Overall, though, I thought the message in this was very cool. Recommended for boys and girls of all ages over 18.

I received a digital copy from NetGalley and the publishers.

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Review: Captain Marvel, Vol. 1: Higher, Further, Faster, More Vol. 1 by Kelly Sue DeConnick , David López (Artist)

Captain Marvel, Vol. 1: Higher, Further, Faster, MoreCaptain Marvel, Vol. 1: Higher, Further, Faster, More by Kelly Sue DeConnick

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

 

I wasn’t a fan of the first volume one of Captain Marvel. I thought it was angsty and full of too much forced Girl Power.
Just my opinion…doesn’t make it true.
The title grew on me, but it never blew me out of the water.
Needless to say, I wasn’t expecting much when I cracked this open.
First things first, I’m into comics for the explosions, crazy superpowers, and funny dialogue. And if I happen to learn a moral lesson along the way? Bonus.
But.
You’ve gotta entertain me.
This 
was entertaining.

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Carol seemed like a real person to me this time around, and not just a cliché female superhero for women to rally around.
She’s a Star Wars’ junkie, and she loves her mangy quasi-evil cat, Chewie. In fact, when she can’t find anyone willing to care for the beast while she’s in outer space, she sticks it in a crate and takes him with her.

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The Guardians of the Galaxy show up for a little bit to help out when a mysterious enemy attacks her, which I personally loved!
Rocket and Chewie don’t exactly get off on the right foot, though. I mean, usually when Rocket starts screaming, “Kill it with fire!“, it’s not a good sign.
I think there’s more to this than meets the eye…

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Did I mention Carol’s obsession with Star Wars?
Yeah, it’s cheesy, but it made me giggle…

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The rest of the story is kind of Paint by Numbers, with Carol helping a group of folks who are getting evicted from their planet by Star-Lord’s father J’son. He claims the planet is poisonous…and is only trying to help them out.

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It was pretty good, and there was (naturally) a bit of an evil overlord twist to the reasons Pete’s dad wanted them gone.
It’s not the bestest plot evah, but it was fun to read.
So. Yeah, this was kind of perfect for me.

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