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‘Bitch Planet’ #5 Does Some World Shaking, Heart Breaking

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BitchPlanet_05 coverI 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 Beware–there are big spoilers for the issue.]

‘Bitch Planet’ #5 Does Some World Shaking, Heart Breaking


Author: Erin Perry

I'm a high school English teacher specializing in AP Literature and Film Analysis. I'm interested in most things geeky, including superheroes, vampires, zombies, teen culture, postmodern philosophy, pop culture analysis, and combinations of the aforementioned. Follow me on Twitter @eriuperry.

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