I should have expected it–I mean, how could I not with the warning of “Steel yourselves for heartbreak. Which WIP with RIP?” on the cover? But I blindly went into the much delayed, but so worth the wait, issue #5 of Kelly Sue DeConnick’s genre-wielding, sci-fi dystopian feminist fist pump. It had been four issues since Bitch Planet had seen a death, and I was starting to feel a bit cozy in the small group of non-compliant women surrounding Kamau and Penny. I simply didn’t see it coming.
Which is exactly why DeConnick pulled this rug, and why she did it now. This is a world where the stakes are high, and lives, especially women’s, are severely undervalued. To become cozy, as I did, is to become complacent.
[The review is continued at PopOptiq.com. Beware–there are big spoilers for the issue.]