Review: Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening by Marjorie M. Liu Illustrated by Sana Takeda

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© Image Comics, 2016.


Set in an alternate matriarchal 1900’s Asia, in a richly imagined world of art deco-inflected steam punk, MONSTRESS tells the story of a teenage girl who is struggling to survive the trauma of war, and who shares a mysterious psychic link with a monster of tremendous power, a connection that will transform them both and make them the target of both human and otherworldly powers.

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I’m not the kind of girl that tends to read comics or graphic novels, and that’s been an issue that low-key bothers my boyfriend. His solution? He sent me comics for my birthday. Monstress: The Awakening is one of them, and I enjoyed it.

Monstress: The Awakening is a beautifully written, gorgeously illustrated masterpiece brimming with breathtaking scenes, satisfying gore, and some pretty heavy material. It’s not for the feint of heart, considering it touches on some pretty sensitive topics, but its an amazing show of artistic storytelling.

I can say without a doubt that I look forward to reading more from this series – and more in general. In fact, I went to the library to check out a handful which I plan to share a few words about in the future.

Rating: 💀💀💀💀💀

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