Bitch Planet Vol. 2: President Bitch (Kelly Sue DeConnick, Valentine De Landro)

Bitch Planet is a comic series by Kelly Sue DeConnick and illustrated by Valentine de Landro. Volume 2 collects the issues 6-10.
Finished on: 13.2.2018
[Here’s my review of Volume 1.]

Before we learn what happens further on Bitch Planet, the prison planet for non-compliant women, we learn more about Meiko and how she came to be there. But revolution is coming to Bitch Planet and there’s no way to stay out of it.

I already loved the first volume of Bitch Planet, and Volume 2 keeps going strong and includes some great new developments and exciting new angles on and glimpses of its world. I can’t wait for the next installment.

I wondered before what happened to trans women, and now I got my answer (and have to keep wondering what happened to trans men, though I can imagine). I really appreciated how they portrayed them in any case – there is nudity, but it has nothing of the usual cis voyeurism of trans genitals.

Generally I liked where the story headed. Eleanor was damn amazing and I loved the revolutionary mood that permeated everything (although the politician’s daughter was a little obvious. Stylish though). The prison riots left me absolutely breathless. They created so much tension, every page I turned had me gasping. And there’s such a lot going on there.

The volume spends a lot of time with Meiko and gives us a backstory that touches on a lot of issues like racism and cultural appropriation. Not only that, it is perfectly suited to make Meiko more than just a poor victim – there was a bit of that, at least in my head, after the first volume. Plus, her dad is pretty cool.

There’s just one thing that I found a little disappointing about Volume 2: there were not enough of those awesome ads that I loved so much in the first volume. But really, everything else is just great.

Summarizing: Fantastic.

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