7.26.2015

Comic Book Sisters: Kam & Penny of Bitch Planet

**crossposted on Musings in the Dark**

I got hipped to this comic book via Jamie @Black Girl Nerds.  I’ve begun a quest of sorts to find and read comic books featuring sistahs who aren’t superheroes.  Needless to say, my list (as of right now) isn't very long.

Written by Kelly Sue DeConnick & Valentine De Leandro, Bitch Planet is a comic designed to pay homage to the women’s prison exploitation films of the 70s (which I love).  In short, women who are non-compliant (and there are countless definitions of the word) in a futuristic society get sent to a prison planet where they are watched constantly and lorded over by men via an idealistic female hologram.


I love the way each issue opens:


The very idea of men determining what makes women "non-compliant" and punishing them accordingly is horrifying simply because it is something that's happening right now; it's just not a sanctioned practice as it is in the comic.  Sandra Bland, anyone? 

Side note: I already know that were I in this society, I’d be labeled “non-compliant” and shipped off to Bitch Planet faster than you can spit.

But I digress.  Anyway, I'd like to introduce you to two of the major players on Bitch Planet.

Kam Kogo, aka Bad Motherfucker
Bitch Planet stars Kamau “Kam” Kogo, a bad-ass fighting sistah who is tasked with putting together a team for Megaton, which is some kind of violent sport.  Kam doesn’t want to do it at first, but eventually agrees to form a team.  

Penny Rolle, a sistah whose only conceivable crime is that she was “born BIG” (and everything else stems from that), is a plus-size brawler who gives absolutely no damns, no shits, and nary a single fuck who agrees to become a member of Kam’s squad.

Penny Rolle, aka Bad Motherfucker
There’s some insidious shit going on, but I’m not going to ruin the story for you.  What you really need to know is that it’s a great story so far, and to my knowledge, only four issues have been published.  My understanding of the creators’ vision is that every third issue will focus on a specific character.  In that regard, issue #3 gives us Penny’s backstory.  #6 will focus on Meiko, another Bitch Planet soror who will also be on Kam's squad.

As the story continues, I will highlight sistahs of significance and reference other WoC who play a part.  I eagerly anticipate issue #5.

Bitch Planet is highly enjoyable and a recommended read for those of you looking for something different.  Check it out if you get an opportunity.

5 comments:

  1. In short, women who are non-compliant (and there are countless definitions of the word) in a futuristic society get sent to a prison planet

    Wait...so like, women can basically be imprisoned for anything?

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  2. Basically. There's a sub-plot where a husband conveniently uses the system to get rid of his first wife, who did nothing but get upset because he was cheating.

    You can be declared non-compliant for anything, it seems. I have to remind myself that it's just a comic or I'll get upset.

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  3. Sort of like Stepford Wives....but sounds much more interesting....

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  4. Too much like real life to be honest. Men punish women for being non-compliant all the time. Often with a bullet. Then they arrest you for abortion, for defending yourself against domestic violence or a rapist, and yes in some regions you can be killed or otherwise gotten rid of for being the wrong kind of pregnant or the unloved first wife of a guy who wants a newer and better model. Sounds interesting, however. Will see if I can check out one of the first issues.

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    1. Too much like real life to be honest. Men punish women for being non-compliant all the time.

      Right????

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