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Cell by Cell: ‘Bitch Planet’ #6 part 4

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BitchPlanet_06-1In Cell by Cell, I look deeply into the panels of an issue, appreciating and analyzing the story and artistic composition.

Bitch 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

See Cell by Cell: Bitch Planet #6 part 1 here.

Click here if you’d prefer to see my review of the issue.

Page 7

These two pages develop the relationship between Mack and Meiko as he shows her the final blueprints of the spaceship they’ve designed together for the Protectorate. Cell 1 focuses tightly on them looking at the blueprints on the table. Makoto seeks Meiko’s input: “What do you think ?” She thinks it’s amazing. The tight framing surrounds them with only calm, natural colors of brown, blue, and green. It is a moment of great comfort and happiness for them.


We don’t get to see their working relationship–the plans are already complete–but this gives a strong indication. Unlike the Protectorate’s devaluing of girls and women, Mack actively seeks his daughter’s input on important things. He’s got a little girl consulting on the engineering of a space-worthy luxury getaway. Clearly he trusts her intellect, creativity, and reasoning to have her working alongside him in this way. This is a major step up from co-building a birdhouse. As I mentioned in the last Cell by Cell, this is also the bedrock of trust by which her later actions stem. His trust for her to handle adult work allows her to trust herself to handle adult situations.

For the rest of my analysis, click through to PopOptiq.


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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