Lenni Reviews: “Bitch Planet” vol 1 & 2 by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine De Landro

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In this dystopian future, if a woman commits a crime (or generally doesn’t “behave”) she is shipped off to prison world; nicknamed ‘Bitch Planet.”

This mashup of Handmaid’s Tale and Beyond Thunderdome is admittedly not an easy story to read. Having personally faced many of the micro and not so micro-aggressions inflicted upon the women in these books, the trigger warning was appreciated as it dredged  up some shit I’d repressed for quite some time.

As in I have been told “Do what I say then I’ll be nice to you.” The expletive laden reply I gave would have gotten me shipped off to Bitch Planet in a hot second.

While triggering, it was also cathartic in a way to see the characters bond and support each other. It was also good to see trans women included in such a feminist laden story. It would have been easy to leave them out and going the distance to include them was a great gesture.

All that being said… There is something very superficial about it. It smacks of a hidden check list the creators are trying to complete. It gave this a exploitation B movie feel which you may want to avoid if you are trying to send a serious message. Unless that prison exploitation movie feel is what they were going for cause in that case, mission accomplished. But I like cheesy exploitation movies so I can forgive this. Solid 3.8 out of 5.

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