Nomination: Bitch Planet: Extraordinary Machine

DeConnick, Kelly Sue. Bitch Planet: Extraordinarybitch-planet-extraordinary-machine Machine. Illus. By Valentine De Landro. 2015. 136p. Image Comics, paperback, $9.99 (978-1-63215-366-1).

Futuristic science fiction set in a world in which the patriarchy rules with an iron fist—and non-compliant women are sent to a prison outpost commonly known as Bitch Planet. Violent, intelligent, and occasionally viciously funny, Bitch Planet uses and subverts the aesthetics and tropes of exploitation movies to comment on gender and race, power and identity, on the policing of women’s bodies and on the ways that various forms of media are used to subjugate, influence, and control.

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