Bitch Planet #2

Writer: Kelly Sue DeConnick Artist: Valentine De Landro Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: January 28, 2015 Cover Price: $3.5 Critic Reviews: 28 User Reviews: 19
8.6Critic Rating
8.3User Rating

Now framed for murder INSIDE the prison, Kam is offered leniency if she’ll train her crew for a death sport bout against a visiting team of male prisoners. From 2014 Best Writer Eisner nominee KELLY SUE DeCONNICK (PRETTY DEADLY, Captain Marvel) and VALENTINE DeLANDRO (X-Factor) with colorist CRIS PETER (CASANOVA).

  • 10
    Pop Culture Uncovered - alexkrefetz Jan 29, 2015

    Bitch Planet is more than just a great comic. It's a platform for a discussion of feminism, where both the creators and the fans are valued contributors. I can't praise it enough, and encourage anyone interested in comics or feminism to pick up the first two issues as soon as possible. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Booked - Magen Cubed Jan 30, 2015

    Silence and obedience versus non-compliance and individuality, its these blink-and-youll-miss-them moments that bring the title's horror, absurdity, and biting wit together for the reader. If you're not reading Bitch Planet, shame on you. From the amazing production value to the supplemental essays in the backmatter, this title is worth every penny. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Big Comic Page - Sam Graven Jan 27, 2015

    I'm bowled over by this comic. I've lost count of the number of folk, true believers or otherwise, that I've recommended this to in a couple of days. It's a savvy, sassy, savagely briliant read. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - Forrest Hollingsworth Jan 28, 2015

    Bitch Planet is obviously about gender theory at its broadest and about feminism and female identity on a personal level at its narrowest. It wears those messages on its sleeve. What it doesn't do, though, is pander. This is a complex and layered story that someone could enjoy without thinking about its connections to the real world at all. It's merely strengthened by its poignant nature, not weighed down by it. The pacing is right, the message is honest and earnest and the art is beautiful. Don't miss out. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Bloody Disgusting - Katy Rex Jan 29, 2015

    The art isstunning, with vibrant colors by Cris Peters and bold textures from Valentine De Landro. The dramatic differences in style and palette between Bitch Planet and the home world are wonderful" the home world is done in a much more traditional house line style, and the palette is a little more muted, while the ACO is awash with white screens and faded, almost-transparent backdrops, lending it an air of the surreal in the face of its brutality. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Coming Up Comics - Timothy Merritt Jan 28, 2015

    If you're not reading Bitch Planet yet, now's your chance. Grab the second issue and find a second printing of the first, because this is a story you want to jump on board with now. This book is onto something big here, and I for one can't wait to see where the ride takes us. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Geeked Out Nation - Soup Owens-Fowler Jan 30, 2015

    I can easily see how this book will instantly alienate the portion of the population who believe women in comics should look like porn stars, use the acronym SJW as a pejorative, and lash out at women on Twitter for daring to be interested in the same things they are. I can see how this would make them uncomfortable, as that is the point. It's a comic that embraces its discomfort to the status quo and wraps itself up in it like a flag. Kelly Sue DeConnick is no fool and knew this would polarize the community and get us talking about the roles of women in comics and our lives. She knew there would be vitriol directed to her and this book and didn't let that stop her. It's the story she needed to tell so that somewhere, someone would pick up this story and go "Yeah. Yeah I get it. I understand this.". This issue solidifies that relationship by bringing the characters more into focus and lays out the path. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    The Lost Lighthouse - thelostlighthouse Jan 29, 2015

    I loved this issue and the first of Bitch Planet. It provides a unique comic tale enjoyable in its own right, but also giving the reader plenty of important subject matterto think about if they want to, in both the main story itself and the backmatter included along with it. Pick this up at your local LCS or digitally, and either get issue #1 digitally or grab the 2nd printing in 2 weeks. However you do it, jump on Bitch Planet. Now. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AIPT - Alyssa Jackson Jan 28, 2015

    I like a book that isn't afraid to have a strong point of view and I'm incredibly happy there's a publisher like Image where such books are possible. The fact that the writing and art are incredibly strong and compelling doesn't hurt either. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Big Glasgow Comic Page - Jonny Stone Feb 3, 2015

    Beautifully written and illustrated, Bitch Planet #2 is a superb read and hopefully an indicator of what we can expect throughout the series Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Feb 2, 2015

    I normally don't read the letters to the editor section but there is some great reading that expands on the underlying message Kelly Sue DeConnick is sending. The next issue is going to take a break from the main story arc focus on the origin story of Penny-Rolle which is a great first choice in this outstanding comic book endeavor. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Graphic Policy - Matt Petras Jan 27, 2015

    It really is incredibly admirable how seamlessly Bitch Planet simply works. It's patriarchy in space, with prison-based rambunctiousness held afloat by academic smarts. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Jan 27, 2015

    For those who may have dismissed Bitch Planet #1 as throwaway hype, DeConnick, De Landro and company have defied the concept of a sophomore slump with their second issue. If anything, this series actually continues to improve as its narrative focuses in, giving us a tough-as-nails protagonist and an insidious system for her to rally against. The biggest crime would be for you not to pick this book up. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Heather Joy Jan 28, 2015

    Side note:The essay on feminism in the back of the book by Tasha Fierce is incredibly important and I believe everyone from all walks of life should be exposed to it. These are things I believe many of us as feminists have wanted to portray, but have had trouble articulating. Here, it is flawlessly executed in written form. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Multiversity Comics - Jess Camacho Jan 30, 2015

    "Bitch Planet" keeps up the momentum and delivers with an even better second issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    IGN - Jeff Lake Jan 29, 2015

    Though only two issues in, Bitch Planet is already proving an electric force of bare-knuckle beauty. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    We The Nerdy - Kristina Poffenroth Feb 2, 2015

    Being an academic nerd, one of my favorite parts of this issue (and apparently every issue to come) is that there is an essay at the end of the comic. In this months issue, the essay is In a Feminist Mirror, Darkly: Reflections On Cultural Misconceptions of Feminism. It may sound like a bore, but its a quick read that helps give context to a lot of the issues the comic is trying to get at, but at far less exaggerated degree. Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    Entertainment Fuse - Jim Bush Feb 1, 2015

    Its pretty impressive how quickly the story basics have been established for the series. Many new comic books seem to take the entirety of their first arcs before readers really know what the book is about. With Bitch Planet #2, though, we get all the important and necessary stuff to understand where this comic is going. That makes the second issue really effective because it throws a lot of good story building-blocks out there without getting weighted down by exposition. Whats been set up so far seems like it will be fun and intelligent. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Jan 28, 2015

    I'm loving BITCH PLANET. Sure there's moments where I feel a bit lost on some of the concepts, but this book is a hit. We get more and more of this world as the series moves forward and it's pretty rad. The writing is awesome. The art is awesome. DeConnick, De Landro, and Peter deliver something you'll want on your pull list. Finally, the essay in the back of this month's issue is well-stated and has a great point of view. Just go buy BITCH PLANET already. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Infinite Comix - louis whiteford Jan 30, 2015

    Characters are slowly developing. Even the security monitor men from last issue seem to be getting personalities. We're shown more and more glimpses of this terrifying society, and we're introduced to a different breed of compliant woman to combat the prison's NC's. Bitch Planet #2 is a slow burn with no real payoff, but after the bold, perfectly concise mission statement of issue #1, a little slackening can be forgiven. It's still great. It's still telling it like it is. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jan 31, 2015

    I was hesitantly confused by the first issue of Bitch Planet, which played a bit weakly with the narrative and didn't really focus on the characters who actually mattered to the series. Fortunately, all of that is straightened out in this second issue as the plot shifts into gear " thought I hope this series won't be as predictable as it seems. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Forrest C. Helvie Jan 29, 2015

    Although DeConnick's story is unapologetic in its pursuit to push the boundaries of mainstream comics, I was surprised at how conventional and controlled Valentine De Landro's art was. Although the visual storytelling was exceptionally clean, with its undeviating adherence to the standard grid and conventional shots, it felt " safe, even if it was well-executed. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    Capeless Crusader - Cody Mudge Jan 29, 2015

    I have high hopes for this series. I have no doubt that DeConnick and Landro will create a compelling series with excellent female characters but I hope that the book embraces some more rounded out characters than it has right now. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    ComicBuzz - Aj Davidson Feb 13, 2015

    For those who are on any of the sides of the gender debate, this comic can range from being preachy to being a bit derivative. Aside from that, I think it has the potential for a great story framed with the punchy art style of 70s exploitation. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Florida Geek Scene - Peter Schmeiser Jan 28, 2015

    Bitch Planet is a book that is making up for lost ground. Like most mandatory school reading lists, Comics have become a society of white guys. Its nice to see something different, something that challenges our familiar world, and something that is also worth reading. This is a book to pull. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Jan 28, 2015

    "Bitch Planet" #2 is a good second issue, enough to firmly lock readers in for the duration of the series. DeConnick and De Landro are not only setting all of their ducks in a row, they're knocking some down at the same time so that there's something in each issue to make you feel like you've received your money's worth. I'll be back for #3 and beyond. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Jan 31, 2015

    Bitch Planet is proving to be a good read. It has a lot of elements that feel similar to that of Hunger Games but it has a sharper edge so far. This is a comic book worth picking up and checking out. It won't be for everyone but you will be entertained if you read it. I recommend checking this out. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Steven E. Paugh Jan 28, 2015

    I remain cautious about the cult of personality around this book and still don't agree with those who think it will replace air as the thing we breathe, but Bitch Planet #2 was, if nothing else, a genuinely entertaining read. Read Full Review

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