The Fellowship was fortunate enough to obtain a copy of BITCH PLANET #1 from Image Comics. Kelly Sue DeConnick writes, Valentine De Landro draws and Cris Peter colors.

Welcome to the Auxiliary Compliance Outpost, a facility built to contain the most non-compliant women (mostly hardened criminals and social misfits). “Bitch Planet,” as it is sometimes called, is not a nice place. Marian is one of those who have been placed there as a result of some sort of error. It’s an error that is quickly corrected, but not before other residents try to protect her, which causes management to take notice.

Marian’s story does a beautiful job of setting the tone, both of the prison and of the book. And it’s done in an almost poetic way, using both language and art to emphasize the corruption of the system. Also, the tropes of 1970s exploitation films are prominent in the book, but there’s an undercurrent of something more, something stronger. And I can’t wait to see “the show” when we get there. The art is more than just good – it’s clever, and it gives the book a bit of a sinister undertone.

The characters in this book don’t hold anything back, and the book itself is pretty bold as well. The marketing was bold, too, and the first issue totally lives up to it. I think this book could prove to be very important, too, as it unfolds.

BITCH PLANET #1 is available now at your FLCS or at imagecomics.com.

~Mike ( @MikeyGeek )