Image Comics recently released the solicitation for the first collection of Bitch Planet issues. Vol. 1: Extraordinary Machine will gather the first five issues and be released in July. They are using an introductory price of $9.99 and including a discussion guide! They describe it thusly:
“…Critically acclaimed and deliciously vicious sci-fi satire. Think Margaret Atwood meets Inglourious Basterds.”
So come July, your book club or stitch and bitch circle ought to pick this collection up and start the wild discussion it will surely engender. Include discussion of this fantastic interview with Kelly Sue DeConnick (which includes an issue #4 preview graphic that mansplains Duemila) wherein she discusses the significance of the comic for certain fans as:
“…[I]t’s just about giving them a place to be angry and say, ‘I am not broken. I am not criminal for my skin color or my size or the fact that I don’t want to fucking smile at you.’ And to hear you’re not crazy. A whole lot of us are super pissed off.”
Pair it with a viewing of Caged Heat to give a little historical context to the genre. Bring a wine that is tart, acidic, and dry like a 2013 Illahe Estate Grüner Veltliner from Oregon ($20). Schedule yourself for NC tattoos and mani-pedis afterwards.
Truly, I can’t wait to see this discussion guide. Will it have the sincerity of the essays included at the back of each issue? (Indeed, will those also be included in the collection?) Or will the discussion guide itself be part of the satire, like the ads on the back cover? Who will it be geared towards–higher academia or book clubs?
If you or your group needs further guidance through the issues, check out my analyses of the first three issues here and look for the issue #4 and #5 posts at the ends of April and May.