Bitch Planet #3 | Writer: Kelly Sue DeConnick | Artist: Robert Wilson IV | Cover: Valentine De Landro | Publisher: Image Comics | Price: $3.99 | From my column at Forced of Geek.com
Bitch Planet has a strong feminist component that reinforces the message of self-acceptance when everything around us says we’re not good enough. While the male perspective might roll their eyes at this type of social commentary that doesn’t appeal to them, the reality is, it does.
Kelly Sue DeConnick has made Bitch Planet an enthralling and entertaining premise for the comic book medium that fits like a glove in all its splendor. The creators have laid out a format where every third issue will shy away from the main narrative and focus on the origin story of a specific character.
This time around, the jail bruiser Penny Rolle is the subject of examination as she is brought in front of a parole board of sorts.
Instead of judging the rehabilitation of a criminal offender, they are discussing the merit of Penny Rolle finally bending to Father’s will.
Artist Robert Wilson IV presents this opening deliberation in an environment that most people can relate to. Being strapped to a chair while listening to a dozen talking heads on a screen tearing down the core essential elements of her being is equivalent to feeling trapped in a locker filled hallway as the school antagonist stridently points out your flaws in order to hide their own insecurities.
The coloring is a funky, almost disco pallete of greens, blues, and pinks which suggests that everyone needs to hang loose and simply comply even though only one section of the population gets the benefit of free will. The story continues on to explore Penny’s childhood where DeConnick sets us on the standard journey of seeing someone pure and innocent get dealt an ugly hand as the happy go lucky Penny is torn away from her loving grandmother.
While she becomes rough around the edges through years of ridicule, or, for the sake of this world, reaffirmation, Penny snaps, fights back, but instead of becoming this evil villain, contrary to Father, something different occurs which was empowering for a variety of reasons.
As I stated earlier, this might not sound like the most fulfilling comic book experience, but the synergy of the creative team makes it so with an important message cleverly intertwined into a plot that makes it impossible not to jeer the bad guys and cheer the good women with resilient conviction.
Score: 5 out of 5