BITCH PLANET #1
story: KELLY SUE DeCONNICK
art / cover: VALENTINE DE LANDRO
DECEMBER 10 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.50
2014 Best Writer Eisner Award nominee KELLY SUE DeCONNICK (PRETTY DEADLY, Captain Marvel) and VALENTINE DE LANDRO (X-Factor) team up for the very third time to bring you the premiere issue of BITCH PLANET, their highly-anticipated women-in-prison sci-fi exploitation riff. Think Margaret Atwood meets Inglourious Basterds.
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Kara Szamborski recommends Captain Marvel #3
Superhero comics are modern myths—there are heroes, villains, epic battles, grand quests, and extraordinary deeds. As readers, we are used to these patterns, however unrealistic and stark an interpretation of the world they are. In Captain Marvel #3, our hero gets a serious reality check, and so do we.
Dodging through the space dogfight at the opening of our story, Captain Marvel and the Guardians of the Galaxy (yeah, the guys in the upcoming movie! Learn about ‘em here.) reclaim the Captain’s stolen ship and complete her mission objective—-but a larger challenge looms, one that she will not be able to solve alone. She arrives on an alien planet wanting to fix the problems it faces, but the situation is hardly one that requires a sharp catch phrase and a well aimed photon blast. Most problems are complex and require cooperation, communication, and compromise, and cannot be easily solved by one person, superpowered or not.
We are so often treated to the idea that the hero will save the day without realizing that one person’s hero is another person’s nuisance or even unintentional enemy. Kelly Sue DeConnick (kellysue) introduces us to the idea that Captain Marvel is in over her head, and the potential of this idea has me hooked.
The previous Captain Marvel series was mostly set on Earth, but these new adventures look to the skies. I’m pretty new to the Marvel Universe, but I have no doubt that exploring it with Captain Marvel is going to be the best way to go.
Kara Szamborski supervises the International Production team at comiXology. She thinks the latest She-Hulk series is flawless.
Avengers: The Enemy Within, written by kellysue, and starring the one and only Carol Danvers is now on-sale digitally!
This book collects Avengers: The Enemy Within 1, Captain Marvel 13-14, Avengers Assemble 16-17, in which Captain Marvel comes to grips with limitations she is definitely not used to dealing with.
Also collected is Captain Marvel #17, the incredible finale issue in which Carol saves the day once again, and you get your first real glimpse of Kamala Khan, the girl who would become the new Ms. Marvel!
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Molly Brooks recommends Pretty Deadly vol. 1 (prettydeadlycomic)
Probably the first thing you’ll notice about Pretty Deadly is that it’s super gorgeous. The art— both Emma Rios’s brushwork and Jordie Bellaire’s (jordiecolorsthings) fantastic coloring— reminds me a lot of the covers Yuko Shimizu’s done for Vertigo’s series The Unwritten. The colors are wild and dreamlike, the imagery lovely and surreal. Pretty Deadly is just a joy to look at, and it works together with Kelly Sue DeConnick’s (kellysue) writing really well.
The story is a magical-realist fable set in the old west, about Death and his kingdom encroaching on the world of men, as told to a butterfly by the skeleton of a murdered rabbit. It follows the journey of a little beggar girl with mismatched eyes and a vulture crown, a blind man who once did something terrible, and the various people and forces hunting them down. The narrative unfolds gradually, with characters kept deliberately mysterious and their motivations and relationships revealed out of order. It’s a well-crafted and satisfying story, but we’re given answers before we know the questions, and it definitely rewards patience and a re-read. the fact that it’s so crazy pretty kept me engaged long enough for the threads to start coming together, and the story is definitely worth the journey.
It’s eery and dreamlike, but also full of swordfights and shootouts and revenge and broken hearts; there’s a really nice balance struck between mythology and good old-fashioned spaghetti-western gunslinging.
Volume 1 includes the self-contained first arc told in issues #1-5. I highly recommend picking it up!
(tip: if you’re into violent western-themed fantasy stories featuring anthropomorphic personifications of death, you may also like East of West.)
molly brooks is an artist from nashville currently living in brooklyn. she works at comixology as a digital editor.
Pretty Deadly covers collection, for the opening arc.
With the release of Pretty Deadly #5 today, kellysue et al close out the first chapter of the most mesmerizing comic I’ve ever read.
Tonight I’m knocking back all 5 issues of this intricate western tale for my #LateNightReads.
What dreams may come??