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Comic Review: Bitch Planet Mixes Feminism And Space Prison For Hardcore Fun

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bitch planetTwo issues into a planned 30-issue run, Image’s Bitch Planet is already begging to be turned into a super grimy TV series from someone who thinks Grindhouse is the greatest movie ever. To clarify: it’s a funny and violently intense look at a shattered society, with surprises slowly making themselves known. It would become my favorite show instantly.

Created by the Eisner-nominated writer Kelly Sue DeConnick and artist Valentine de Landro, Bitch Planet comes off kind of like a feminist version of The Running Man, as a large part of the story takes place in a space prison called the Auxiliary Compliance Outpost, where non-compliant female criminals are sent to live out their days. Earning the titular nickname, the prison is a place that no prisoners leave, so the incarcerated would be wise to keep things as peaceful as possible. Which, of course, doesn’t happen.

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Sony Scoops Up Movie Rights To Upcoming Image Robot Comic Descender

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DescenderWith series like Brian K. Fuller’s Saga, Rick Remender’s Black Science, and the pulp-y goodness of Bitch Planet, Image is one of the best sources of comic book science fiction. Now a new series called Descender has caught the eye of Hollywood, and the tale of a young robot making his way through a very hostile universe is already being developed for the big screen before the first issue has even hit shelves.

Descender is the brainchild of writer Jeff Lemire and artist Dustin Nguyen, both of them New York Times bestsellers. The pair will executive produce the Descender film for Sony Pictures Entertainment. In Sony’s announcement, Lemire said:

It was a competitive situation for Descender, and we are thrilled that it ended with Sony Pictures acquiring the series. We know that their film translation will do justice to the original comics, and we are thrilled with their belief in the franchise potential.

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Comic(s) Relief: Re-Animator Re-Animating As A Four-Issue Miniseries

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ReanimatorDirector Stuart Gordon burst onto the horror scene back in 1985 with Re-Animator, an instant cult classic based on a short story by H.P. Lovecraft. As the name suggests, the flick focused on freaky experiments to resurrect dead tissue, and gave us one particularly memorable sequence which put an all too literal spin on the phrase “giving head.” Now Dr. Herbert West, the mad genius at the core of Re-Animator, is returning to stir up trouble again in a four-issue comics miniseries from Dynamite Entertainment.

Here’s the official series synopsis from Dynamite:

In Re-Animator, Dr. Herbert West heads to New Orleans to continue his life’s work: the revival of the dead by purely chemical means. To accomplish this task, he recruits Susan Greene, a young and wide-eyed pharmacologist fascinated by his macabre experiments. Initially unfazed by West’s unorthodox practices (including how he funds his research — by selling zombie brain fluid as a narcotic), Susan may regret her scientific curiosity as sinister forces — those aligned with Elder Gods and Haitian Voodoo — begin to align against the Re-Animator.

Writer Keith Davidsen and artist Randy Valiente will be teaming up for the Re-Animator series, which ships in April. You can check out preview art from Re-Animator below, followed by this week’s new comic picks.

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Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor #4 Is Full Of Death Cults, Murder, And Mystery

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Doctor WhoThe show may be between seasons at the present time, but Titan Comics is certainly churning out Doctor Who comics like nobody’s business. Now they’re back with the continuing adventures of The Twelfth Doctor, and issue number 4 finds the Doctor and Clara right where we left them, in two drastically different time periods, both dealing with incarnations of the same ancient evil.

Last time, you may remember, the duo was investigating the mysterious death of an old travelling companion of the Doctor, Tiger Maratha, when the Time Lord was inadvertently transported back to India in 1825, leaving Clara and Tiger’s daughter, Prinyanka, in 2315. Oddly enough, they’re both faced with the same Kali-worshipping death cult, just a few centuries apart.

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Galaxy Quest: Check Out The First 5 Pages Of The Comic Book Here

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Galaxy QuestNo matter how much we want it to be true, no matter how many reports we hear of a finished script, and even though most, if not all, of the key cast members have said that they’re down, we’re not going to get see Galaxy Quest 2 anytime soon. That’s just a sad fact of life we’re going to have to get used to. We don’t have to like it—if there was any justice in the world the film would have been a massive box office smash and we’d be complaining about too many sequels—but if we spend too much time dwelling on it, we’ll just drive ourselves nuts. That said, we can experience new adventures of the crew of the NSEA Protector, though it is in comic book form, and now you can check out the first few pages of the inaugural issue.

Issue number one of the IDW series, Galaxy Quest: The Journey Continues, has finally arrived in comic book stores and various online retailers across the land, and just in case you have any hesitations about picking this up, they’ve released this handful of pages, as well as a couple variant covers.

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Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor #7 Brings The Eternal Dogfight To Earth

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Doctor WhoTitan Comic’s Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor has been all over the place quality wise. Every time it takes a step in the right direction, the next issue takes two back, or at least diagonally. In fact, the last issue, the sixth in the run, was literally a story told backwards, from end to beginning, in a gimmick that was just cheap and aggravating—it begins with the death of a key character, only pull an, “Oh, he’s not really dead” move that leaves a bad taste.

More than the other continuing Doctor Who titles, The Eleventh Doctor has been prone to cramming a single arc into each individual issue, making them too short and shallow to have much impact. So knowing right away that Issue #7, “Eternal Dogfight,” is the first installment of a two-part adventure makes you aware that this is going to be bigger, longer arc. That’s reassuring, providing more space to lay the groundwork and get you invested in the story. And the result is…mixed.

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