Bitch Planet #1

Bitch Planet #1

Writer: Kelly Sue DeConnick Artist: Valentine De Landro Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: December 10, 2014 Cover Price: $3.5 Critic Reviews: 42 User Reviews: 30
8.8Critic Rating
7.8User Rating

2014 Best Writer Eisner Award nominee KELLY SUE DeCONNICK (PRETTY DEADLY, Captain Marvel) and VALENTINE DE LANDRO (X-Factor) team up for the very third time to bring you the premiere issue of BITCH PLANET, their highly-anticipated women-in-prison sci-fi exploitation riff. Think Margaret Atwood meets Inglourious Basterds.

  • 10
    Newsarama - Forrest C. Helvie Dec 16, 2014

    I am, without reservation, anxious to see what this creative team brings next month and down the road with this nonconformist series. In Pretty Deadly, DeConnick demonstrates her ability to craft poetry within the comic form with co-collaborator Emma Rios; however, it is with De Landro at her side in Bitch Planet that the fiery and impassioned intellects of this writer and artist roar to life. Don't bother reading this book if you aren't prepared to feel some heat. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Dec 13, 2014

    Bitch Planet #1 has a GREAT title, a strong premise and some wonderfully expressive and dynamic art, and clearly has Important Things that it wants to say, doing so with enthusiasm. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Rhymes With Geek - Nikki Sherman Dec 9, 2014

    Do yourself a big fat favor and buy this book. Buy a copy for your friends, your teachers, your parents…buy a copy for your children. This is a book that demands to be read, it demands to be internalized and discussed. Join the non-compliant. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - F-O-R-R-E-S-T Dec 10, 2014

    Go buy it already because DeConnick and De Landro have something to say and you better be listening. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comix I Read - Boris Roberto Aguilar Dec 10, 2014

    Bitch Planet is not your typical comic book. This comic book has started off strong with a fantastic story by Kelly Sue DeConnick. A fantastic story paired with wonderful visuals by Valentine De Landro's and Cris Peter make Bitch planet a must read book. Where else will you be able to read a comic book about a female prison on a whole other planet for crimes deemed as being "non-compliant"? We are only one issue in and I am hooked. Do yourself a favour and pick this comic book up before it sells out. It is 100% worth it. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Brett I Dec 11, 2014

    Bitch Planet stands out as one of the best new Image series in a year full of great new Image comics. I can't recommend this issue enough. DeConnick and De Landro's work will be something to keep an eye out for in the future. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Big Comic Page - Hazel Hay Dec 9, 2014

    You don't need to be a feminist to like it"but it helps. Here's a non-compliant being compliant about a great new comic. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Coming Up Comics - Timothy Merritt Dec 9, 2014

    Kelly Sue is becoming the Gloria Steinem of comics, delivering a message of endowment and challenge alike. While themes of gender, discrimination, and perseverance figure heavily in all her work, Bitch Planet might be poised to synthesize those efforts into a magnum opus. It's an incredibly nuanced work if you go rereading between the lines, and with a feminist as dedicated and committed as Kelly Sue at the helm, this series promises to teach us all a thing or two, while asking the singular question: Are you non-compliant? Read Full Review

  • 10
    Newsarama - Vanessa Gabriel Dec 9, 2014

    The themes, characters and art of Bitch Planet #1 combined evoke an acutely sharp tone of defiance and an unequivocally satisfying first issue. From the "Caged and Enraged!" slogan on the cover to the sticky landing of the final page, this may be one of the most artful accomplishments for DeConnick to date. Bitch Planet's relevant and resonant mantra of non-compliance bleeds beyond the panels and will inspire you. You want to own this comic. It is going to start a movement. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Dec 14, 2014

    Bitch Planet delivers in every category. There's so much to like and it's just getting started. The creative team on this book have all found a way to have all their contributions create something where the whole is definitely greater than the sum of its parts. I think I know the direction this book is headed in, but because of the twists and turns in this first issue, I'm not so sure and that's exciting. Bitch Planet deserves your time and begs the question, “are you WOMAN enough to survive…” Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comicosity - Jessica Boyd Dec 10, 2014

    Despite very precise articles providing a timeline of the events and how they unfolded, there is still attacks of female gaming journalists or even female celebrities who speak out against the GamerGate. Thenyou can talk aboutthe ever constant debate of the number of writers, artists, colorists, editors, letters… the sheer large discrepancy of diverse voices at large publishers. These are seen as either the ills of society that need to be corrected, or viewed as whiny complaints by those who feel they could potentially be “ousted” from their traditional roles of power. With this book, DeConnick, De Landro, Peter and Cowles owns the arena by taking a sledgehammer to your social constructs to deliver a simple message: “We're all people.” Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Crusaders - Adam Cadmon Dec 10, 2014

    Bottomline, you need to get a hold of this book, grip it tightly and let it take you for a ride. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Nerdophiles - Ashley Leckwold Dec 11, 2014

    A first issue doesn't need to tell me everything. It needs to be an introduction that makes me want to come back for the rest of the story it tells. If this first issue is any indication, we may have one of the best comics of 2015 on our hands as well as one of the most feminist comic books to ever grace the shelves. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Word Of The Nerd - Travis Anderson Dec 12, 2014

    I am a feminist and this spoke to me. It made me squirm at the male douche-baggery and cheer at the female badassery. Kelly Sue Deconnick either writes with a King Midas pen, is one of the few remaining wizards in the world, or, most likely, is just that damn good because Bitch Planet is yet another amazing series with her name on the cover.If you have been waiting for the last great comic of 2014, here it is. Now be compliant and go buy it. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Dec 10, 2014

    For a moment, let's step away from the online hype and promotion. This book is awesome without it. Sure, there's certainly a feminism slant towards the book and if you're the type of person that gets turned off by things like that, first, you're silly. Secondly, this book stands on its own as pretty dang rad for a first issue. Is this book geared towards women readers? I have no clue. All I see is a concept I really enjoy, some killer art, and some killer writing, but hey, I like space, HBO's Oz, and Orange is the New Black. BITCH PLANET deserves the hype it's getting, and it's a issue you should probably give a shot, since this book is bad ass. If you're still not sold, then there's a plethora of books featuring super-powered loners, punching dudes in the face, and feeling sad about life and things that you may find more up your alley. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Therapy - Kevin Finnigan Dec 8, 2014

    Simply put, Bitch Planet #1 is a brilliant comic Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Doom Rocket - Molly Jane Kremer Dec 11, 2014

    While this comic can (and, in this writer's opinion, should) make the reader uncomfortable (and, yes, angry) it should at the very least galvanize him or her to think about and question how we treat other human beings, both personally and institutionally, and how we allow ourselves to be treated. (It would be reassuring to think a comic like this could make even the most misogynistic turd of a human reevaluate their choices in life, but that might be a little optimistic.) But even beyond all that, Bitch Planet #1 is an incredibly well-written, visually stunning, entertaining piece of fiction that, while still holding that (dark) mirror up to nature, pulls you into a gripping story, locks you in, and throws away the key. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Geeked Out Nation - Logan Dalton Dec 11, 2014

    DeLandroalso uses special “window panel” to spotlight oppressionand the male gaze in different parts of the comic. For example, he uses these panels to show the guards' reaction to the prison riot, which isa source of entertainmentand titillation for them, reminding me ofa scene ina TV show featuringa certain orphaned future superhero that played it completely straight. With its dynamic characters, innovativeart,and immersive world,Bitch Planet#1 is the feminist slap in the face the world needs right now. Men's rightactivists, Gamergaters, dudebros, or whatever “clever” parlance youassholes are describing yourselves ascurrently, beware! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Matt Little Nov 17, 2014

    If Jenji Konan, Andy Warhol, George Miller and Barbarella had a baby, it would surely be "Bitch Planet." This is a hell of a debut, showcasing two talents that seem to get better and better with every project. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    IGN - Jeff Lake Dec 10, 2014

    Bitch Planet is a lot of things, but first and foremost it's an excellent comic. The twists found throughout are almost impossible to see coming, a hopeful glimpse of even further madness yet to come. Not only is Bitch Planet one of DeConnick's best issues to date, it also stands out as one of the best new releases of the year. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Booked - Magen Cubed Dec 10, 2014

    From start to finish, Bitch Planet #1 is a fun, brazen sci-fi romp that attacks social injustice issues head-on. The settings are exaggerated and the characters largely comical, but that doesnt detract from the strength of the scripting and artwork. Its campy, exciting, and certainly worth the cover price. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Sushi - Peter Rodriguez Dec 10, 2014

    It's difficult for many people in our society to fully grasp the social constructions of gender, and all the factors we see on a day-to-day basis that influence it. Factors such as culture, ethnicity, color, and media are some examples that shape gender, and I am really looking forward to how Kelly Sue DeConnick might incorporate this in future issues. Nevertheless, DeConnick is off to a fantastic start in this debut issue, which may be one of the most important and relevant comics to come out this year. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geeks Unleashed - Stephen Hardman Dec 15, 2014

    Are the feminist themes of Bitch Planet going to put people off reading it? Probably. Sadly the people who will be put off reading it are exactly the type of people who need to read it. Hopefully that will change over time as this comic, and more like it, become part of the mainstream, and the questions they raise lead to much needed discussions on a wider scale, and a meaningful change in attitudes. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    PopMatters - Gregory L. Reece Dec 19, 2014

    This is an exceptional first issue. I hope it has a long run. In these women-in-prison-in-space dramas, it's usually all about building to the violence, building to the breasts and the butts. It's about making you endure the story in order to get the big payoff. DeConnick and De Landro have given us all that in the very first issue, all that payoff and a real story as well. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Dec 11, 2014

    Altogether, this is a great book that's taking a stand that many others might be afraid to. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Dec 10, 2014

    In Bitch Planet, non-compliant women are shipped off to another planet that serves as a sort of prison. This prison has a holographic matriarch that is projected as all types of personalitiesa leader, a warden, a loving catholic priestess basically whatever she needs to be projected as in the moment to take care of business. The real story begins when a husband of one of the women shipped off to Bitch Planet comes into their earth headquarters pleading, saying his wife doesnt belong there. They had a misunderstanding, thats all. Shes not non-compliant. He had an affair and she acted out a little. Made some threats. But they resolved the issue, everythings finehe pleads. The setup of this conversation is downright genius as it switches panel to panel b Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Big Glasgow Comic Page - Jonny Stone Dec 11, 2014

    An impressive debut that is immediately engaging, darkly funny and leaving us wondering what will happen next Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Graphic Policy - Matt Petras Dec 11, 2014

    If you ask me, it's comics like Bitch Planet that get the medium better than anything else. Once we get deeper into the story and art treated to some character development, I'm sure we're going to have something special on our hands. This first issue a smart comic that says a lot without doing much, but it's still so damn gross and goofy. Intellectual story-telling doesn't have to be stuffy; it can be a picture-book with a pissed off woman shouting about her fucking tits. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Unleash The Fanboy - Russell Johnson Dec 10, 2014

    It would be easy to pigeonhole this bookas a feminist soapbox and the possibility exists to alienate men but, to pass up Bitch Planet #1 for something so trivial would be a tremendous mistake. DeConnick is taking risks with Bitch Planet #1 as she dives headlong into tackling sex, stereotypes, race, oppression and a whole host of moral and political themes. Some will think she's gone too far, others, not far enough but, she has the courage to step outside conventional thinking and cut her own path through the thick-headedness of many modern comics. DeConnick and De Landro are off to a great start with something so inventive, fresh and smart. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Dec 12, 2014

    This series obviously isn't for everyone - but the first issue is setting up a dark, adult series that promises lots of surprises along the way. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Dec 11, 2014

    There's a good rawness about the book that has me really interested in seeing where they intend to go, what they want to say and how these characters retain who they are along the way. The second issue can't come soon enough. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Flip Geeks - Drew Bagay Dec 16, 2014

    With the comic industry's recent push towards more female-oriented stories, Bitch Planet #1 is a great debut issue that offers strong-willed female characters with engaging art. While the premise is a derivative of the exploitation genre, DeConnick writes the story and develops the character in a way that still attracts readers of both genders. There's the women exploitation and action for the male readers, and women empowerment plus interesting female characters for female readers. Think of Orange is the New Black, but in space and with more advanced technology. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AiPT! - David Brooke Dec 9, 2014

    There's an interesting story inside this comic with some exceptional storytelling and fantastic art in the layouts department. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Horror Talk - James Ferguson Dec 11, 2014

    Just when you think you've figured out Bitch Planet, writer Kelly Sue DeConnick turns the tables on you. This issue builds up to a top-notch ending that will have you re-examining how you view the story. It's far from your typical women-in-prison comic. There's weight to it. There's a message here but it's not preachy. You don't come out of it feeling bad for yourself, but you might think twice before making that cat call. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Ian Stephen Dec 9, 2014

    Bitch Planet‘s debut issue is a welcome surprise. It's an almost silly concept that is executed so well that you accept it and feel entrenched within the pages of Bitch Planet‘s story. With all of the things displayed in Bitch Planet‘s debut, there is still plenty of room for the story to evolve. By the end of the issue, readers are left curiously wondering where this creative team will take Bitch Planet from here. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Jess Camacho Nov 19, 2014

    "Bitch Planet" #1 does not give a ton of insight to where the entire series are going but this one shot like story focusing on one inmate does a fabulous job of setting up the tone and world. It definitely does the job of guaranteeing you'll pick up issue two. "Bitch Planet" is going to be big. You'll want to get on this hype train before it's too late. Read Full Review

  • 7.4
    Entertainment Fuse - Jim Bush Dec 14, 2014

    Those few council/rulers/commentators have a recurring role in Bitch Planet #1, but its not entirely clear who they are. That is the biggest question that emerged for me from the issue. Who are these guys with their eye screens? At the end, they refer to one of the inmates as the star of our show. So is the Bitch Planet really a The Running Man-type of futuristic deadly reality/game show? What is the exact nature of the show? Despite the major questions about the central story, Bitch Planet #1 is a fun and engaging mix of action and message, one that would seems primed for a potent ongoing series. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Dec 13, 2014

    Regardless of its flaws, which are probably all on my end, Bitch Planet is off to a strong start. The characters that are still alive are already fascinating, and I want to get to know more about this world. Why are they on a separate planet? What do they do up there? What's Kogo's role in all of this? DeConnick has got a bit of world-building ahead of her, and I can't wait to see where she goes with it. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    ComicBook.com - Chase Magnett Dec 10, 2014

    Its clear that Bitch Planet seeks to invert the exploitation genre in order to tell a story steeped in feminist ideals, but it falters in its first issue. Although its clear that women are being exploited by a patriarchal society, the women in this issue are never given an opportunity to define themselves outside of their victimhood. Furthermore, issues of race and body image have to be carefully considered as well. Intentional or not, this issue perpetuates stereotypes of race and weight through its imagery of the prison population. There is promise to be found in this premise, but the execution is lacking here. Bitch Planet #1 doesnt achieve its goal of being something fresh and bold, but only serves to reinforce the problems currently facing women in comics and society as a whole. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Dec 13, 2014

    Bitch Planet is a good first step. The book needs room to breath and fold in all of the themes that it seems to want to tackle. What I wonder about is if there will be a character that can rise above the others that will help push this book over the top to become a must read. This is a series to watch. I recommend checking this out. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Nerdophiles - Sam Wildman May 30, 2016

    When it comes down to it, as much as I was disappointed by how flat the overall plot has fallen so far, I definitely would have to say pick up this book. If nothing else, pick it up because everyone's talking about it. Way too many people " myself included " have formed unfair opinions of the series before reading it. Obviously you'll need to be okay with how in-your-face it's going to be. And you'll need to be okay with nudity and violence. But as long as that doesn't turn you off it's really worth a read. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Bastards - Steven E. Paugh Dec 10, 2014

    Does this book deserve the praise that will be levied upon it in the coming weeks? Not really. It was okay; jumpy in parts and half-finished in others, but generally okay. Is it, as the review called it – and many more hence undoubtedly will – "the comic anthem of feminism?" No; at least not yet, but we all owe it more time to develop before any of us can make that call. Including the creators. Look, in the end, some folks will treat this like "The Second Coming" of feminist comics, and they'll be right! But only because it didn't come first. Read Full Review

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