- File Size: 181179 KB
- Print Length: 152 pages
- Publisher: Image (October 7, 2015)
- Publication Date: October 7, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B018YD04NM
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #214,709 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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And in the comics industry, although there are several awesome gems out there and amazing authors, there are also twice as many portrayals of female characters that leave much to be desired. Not so for DeConnick and Valentine's tour de force here. This is a masterfully-illustrated, gritty representation of raw women, (both cisgendered and transgendered, which I, as a trans woman, very much appreciated) of every shape, size, color and ethnicity surviving, enduring, uniting and fighting back against a world besieged by an unchecked patriarchy. This was written as a dystopian sci-fi drama, but it's remarkable how easily it reads as nonfiction in 2018. There are so many parallels to be drawn between the landscape in this title and what's going on here & now. Which is also inspirational, because at its core this is a story of hope. That if the beleaguered, downtrodden, victimized masses gather together, they can rise up against the forces that would seek to destroy them.
Characters like Kam and Penny are bold, memorable and inspirational. They teach us to feel anger if its called for even though women 'aren't supposed to,' they teach us to embrace who we are and how we look and to make our ideal self reflect the self *WE* are most comfortable with, instead of the distorted image society's lens would prefer. The contrast between them and the "well-behaved," compliant ladies, as well as the scanitlly-clad holographic secretaries, together with the AWESOME tongue-in-cheek ads interspersed throughout the book provides a continual glimpse at a question that will confront readers with their own insecurities and force them to consider what the term "ideal" really means to them, to society and to what end. Really examine what image that term evokes and please for the love of god girls, rally against it! Life in a gilded cage is still a life of slavery. This all ties into the beautiful, noble message in B**ch Planet and one I think more people ought to listen to...especially those who, now more than ever, need to believe in defiant, kickass lady heroism and in the triumph of good over evil.
Don't forget to read the fake advertisements at the ends of each section. The text is a little small, but they take a sarcastic look at various products and services that can help make someone a "better woman", according to the standards of the settings.
There is violent content and depictions of discrimination that could be hard to read. You might want to do some research on the story if you think this could be a barrier to your enjoyment of the book.