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Meiko’s Backstory Sings With Reverberations in ‘Bitch Planet’ #6

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BitchPlanet_06-1Bitch Planet #6
Written by Kelly Sue DeConnick
Art by Taki Soma
Cover by Valentine De Landro
Colors by Kelly Fitzpatrick
Letters by Clayton Cowles
Published by Image Comics on January 6, 2016
It’s been four months wait since we last got a Bitch Planet fix. Despite that length of time, issue #6 does not disappoint. In fact, it amplifies the sound and fury of issue #5, offering ironic contrast to the characters of the present narrative by flashing back to the time of their innocence before the Protectorate squashed their dreams of building a better world.  Guest artist Taki Soma brings a delicacy of line to the story, emphasizing that hope is a thing with feathers, but also hollow, fragile bones.

Issue #6 relates Meiko Maki’s backstory and kicks off with a stark content warning for sexual assault. I revisit it here since I will be talking about the events of the issue, including the depicted sexual assault. For those wanting to avoid it altogether, issue #7 will pick up with the main storyline and not reference the assault in the summary.BitchPlanet06_Gallery_2

Issue #5 left Meiko Maki–our feisty, buoyant, rebellious Meiko–dead on the floor during the N.C. Megaton team’s scrimmage with the guards. Her father, meanwhile, was putting everything on the line to see her by accepting the job from Father Josephson to build an off-world arena. The tension of knowing he was too late twisted the knife of the loss of a beloved character.

Issue #6 fills in the backstory of how Meiko ended up incarcerated at the A.C.O. Although we might have gotten this story prior to her death to give more context, the reverberations backward are even more emotionally devastating. The dramatic irony of already knowing how all this ends up sings throughout the issue, giving her actions a shade of depressing futility. As Yume states, “The world is so broken. Our only mistake was thinking [our girls] wouldn’t be broken too.”

To read the rest of my review, click through to PopOptiq.com.

http://www.popoptiq.com/bitch-planet-6-review/

 

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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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