Monstress

Monstress

Volume One, Awakening

Graphic Novel - 2016
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"Set in an alternate world of art deco beauty and steampunk horror, Monstress tells the epic story of Maika Halfwolf, a teenage survivor of a cataclysmic war between humans and their hated enemies, the Arcanics. In the face of oppression and terrible danger, Maika is both hunter and hunted, searching for answers about her mysterious past as those who seek to use her remain just one step behind... and all the while, the monster within begins to awaken..."--Page [4] of cover.
Publisher: Berkeley, CA : Image Comics, Inc., [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781632157096
1632157098
Branch Call Number: FIC LIU
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations, map ; 26 cm
Additional Contributors: Wooton, Rus
Takeda, Sana - Artist

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Were you looking for a book full of strong and deadly women? It's your lucky day. Maika has already survived a war between humans and the Arcanics, but things intensify as she tries to outrun her enemies while trying to uncover answers about her mother.

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SnoIsleLib_DawnR Jun 17, 2017

Not really a superhero, more of a super fantasy hero, but an amazing wonderful woman comic none the less.

Amazing dark fantasy you won't want to miss!


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cmlibrary_ecrites Nov 05, 2017

This is an awesome story that is beautifully presented. I love the asian steampunk setting, it is really lovely. I will definitely be reading more in this series.

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kwsmith
May 28, 2017

This female-focused high-fantasy comic is set in a richly detailed world where humans are at war with a strange race of magical animal-human hybrids. The gorgeous full colour artwork is breathtaking and fits the books dark themes almost perfectly. I especially loved the illustrations of the cute little fox girl who hugs her big fluffy tail whenever she's frightened. Oh, the sarcastically pompous talking cats are all fantastic characters too.

Miranda_Ericsson Dec 14, 2016

Beautifully illustrated. Fantastic world building. Unique, unpredictable, and absolutely immersive. I finished this in one evening and can't wait for the next installment!

AL_ANDREW Nov 08, 2016

Amazing artwork, intriguing plot, and thought-provoking characters and setting. I need more.

AL_TARINA Sep 19, 2016

An absolutely amazing read that takes place in an alternative universe where Asia is a matriarchy. The main character is an Asian woman with mystical powers giving her the ability to commune with a monster. The artwork is very art deco inspired and simply gorgeous! The story is quite intriguing and based in mush lore. Plus cats!

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lostintheshelves
Sep 18, 2016

I have mixed feelings about this hyped graphic novel. On the one hand, the art is beautiful, the complex world intriguing, side characters interesting, and by the end I was curious what would happen next, and where biracial author Liu was going with her exploited biracial magical people metaphor.

But I found it hard to invest in the central premise--protagonist Maika discovers a monster living inside her and fights to retain autonomy--given that Maika treats everyone she meets (including friends and innocents) so horribly; there's not enough contrast between her monstrous side and the rest of her. And the first half--which consists of Maika meeting interesting characters and graphically killing them--was a slog; I got sick of the fetishistic violence against women and didn't understand why we were spending so much time on disposable characters. (Come to find out there's an unsatisfying plot device that brings people back to life.) Some bad dialogue also jolted me out of the fantasy setting.

Liu is invested in women being just as violent and racist as anybody else, and while I agree the idea feels really old-hat in 2016, especially in comics. It kept reminding me of other similar stories, despite the originality of the setting, and generally all the "dark and edgy" elements--like all the female relationship being undermined by betrayals--felt more cliche than revolutionary. But I'll read the next volume to see where the story and characters go.

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jennydreadful
Sep 07, 2016

I was really excited to try this after I found out it was available, but it was a major disappointment. I didn't like any of the characters, thus I didn't care about what happened to them. It was so boring it took several attempts for me to make it to the point where I just stopped reading, and I even skipped over some pages entirely. The story just fell flat. Also, I hated the artwork. Some of the pictures were quite beautiful, but I felt that the characters looked poorly rendered most of the time and there wasn't enough variation in the character designs to make the cast exciting on a visual level. So for me personally, this book failed on every level.

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Sep 12, 2017

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