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Haunted by her past, Maika Halfwolf seeks the truth about her mother and herself. Pursued by witches for her power as an Arcanic, Maika is also fighting against the eldritch monster within that threatens to consume her. Eisner Award-winning Liu's (Tiger Eye)
expansive world, built by the stories of complicated, diverse, and strong women,
rivals that of J.R.R. Tolkien and grows in complexity as Maika continues on her journey. Hugo Award-winning Takeda's (Drain) intricate, modern artwork features manga and steampunk elements and never misses a detail, complementing
Liu's winding narrative. Emotions of anger, grief, and injustice experienced by
Maika, as well as her allies and enemies, are palpable, as the various characters are caught in the trajectory on the outbreak of war. This oversized hardcover edition collects Issues 1-18 of the acclaimed series.
VERDICT Liu and Takeda combine steampunk and Lovecraftian-like eldritch horror in a world resembling an early
20th-century matriarchal Asia. Recommended for older teens and adults for mature language and content, and for fans of Tolkien and George R.R. Martin seeking to be immersed in a new fantasy epic.
“World-building on a scale rare in mainstream comics.”
The Hollywood Reporter
(Marjorie Liu, Sana Takeda, and Rus Wooten)
is intense, and does not hold back on the darker elements of magic it explores.
Set in a matriarchal world where sorceresses capture and use magical creatures
(the Arcanics) to sustain their power and control, Monstress follows
Maika on her quest to avenge her mother. Littered with nuanced, flawed,
powerful, hopeful, and dangerous female characters, this tale of war and race is a punch to the gut at every turn of the page.
“Filled to the brim with awesome.” Kirkus Reviews
"Intricate and detailed, with a definite manga influence, Takeda's artwork creates a lush and dangerous world for Liu's equally dangerous characters. The work is infused with feminist themes; almost all of the characters are strongand deadlywomen.” School Library
"Takeda’s visuals recall realistic, gritty manga such as Lone Wolf and Cub, with magic and monsters to rival those of Hayao Miyazaki’s films.” Publishers Weekly