Bitch Planet #8 Review
Writer: Kelly Sue DeConnick
Art: Valentine De Landro
Bitch Planet is about to be turned upside down as secrets come out and new authority figures come in. If Bitch Planet is being compromised on the inside, who’s left to maintain order? Lots of good and bad could come from this situation. Lets hope the former outweighs the latter. For the sake of all the inmates, cross your fingers and be prepared to cheer on some unsuspecting heroes in this issue.
It may not seem like it, but there is some big stuff going on in Bitch Planet #8. Kamau Kogo is not alone. I don’t mean the other inmates and I don’t mean the guards. I mean a sibling! One who is not too far from Kamau and could use a familiar face. The only problem is, there are halls and corridors full of guards. The only way to get around would be if something were to malfunction. Cue Mr. Makoto! Yes, the father of Meiko Makoto has come to bitch Planet to oversee installations. After being denied access, he takes matters into his own hands. I have a feeling he knows what’s going on at Bitch Planet and is not happy. This might not end well for a few people.
I feel like this issue was more excited than some of the previous ones. I’m not sure why. Maybe its the idea that escape is possible or the fact that Bitch Planet is about to be torn apart from the inside. The characters in Bitch Planet are becoming more aware of the vulnerability of this prison system. With the right people on the inside, these mighty walls may just crumble. I’d love to see that, but what could that mean for everyone inside and outside Bitch Planet? Where would the story go from there? All I know is, a revolution is coming, and it’s probably gonna be crazy.
On top of all that good story is some good ol’ trans awareness and representation. It was handled very well in this book. Of course, I expected nothing less from Kelly Sue DeConnick, but I am glad that she stayed away from the whole demonization of trans individuals in society just for shock value. I think it would have been in poor taste. Fortunately, this comic has a writer who knows her stuff and actually cares about her audience. I don’t know if we will get anymore of the background of our new trans character, but if we do, I am sure it will be handled appropriately.
Like I said, Deconnick knows her stuff and knows her audience. While tackling some serious issues in society, she does it in a way that makes these characters feel natural. Nothing is forced into their personality, and nothing is forced from those characters in a way that could be seen as an overwhelming representation of DeConnick’s personal feelings or interests. Each character is their own, and that doesn’t always go too well. Individuals clash and sometimes its funny to see how they interact with one another. Issue #8 was a good example of this. Not only are we getting some possible character development, but we may be getting some new characters to add to an already interesting situation.
Valentine De Landro does well to keep his art simple and not take away from the story. I’m not saying that it isn’t something to stop and look at because that would be a lie. All I’m saying is that De Landro doesn’t get caught up in too many details. This is a good thing to me because this story is becoming heavier and it’s nice to be able to breeze through and not get stuck admiring. Pleases not that I love De Landro’s art. The almost rough shapes of the bodies and the Kelly Fitzpatrick’s colors are certainly a unique style. The diversity of characters is nothing to scoff at. It is really boring when all your characters have the same body type and look to them. When the introduction of new characters, I look forward to seeing what else De Landro will cook up for us.