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#BookReview Monstress: Vol. 1 Awakening By Marjorie Liu (Author), Sana Takeda (Artist) #Monstress


Publisher: Image Comics
ISBN13: 9781632157096
Genre: Comics/ Graphic Novel
Release date: 19 07 2016
Price*: Kindle £3.44 (GBP)/  Paperback £8.46 (GBP)
Kindle $4.44 (USD)/ Paperback $9.45 (USD)
Pages: ~ 192
My rating: 10/10
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What I learned from this book: I should read more comics and graphic novels, they are too cool! 🙂

Description of the book: 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.

How this book made me feel: This was my first adult comics ever! I found this book in one of the book exchange places in the underground station and I was mesmerized by this book. The cover and the art used in this graphic novel are absolutely incredible!

This novel follows Maika Halfwolf, a teenage girl who suffered immensely after her mother’s death. She has lost one hand, but because of some science experiment, she is possessed by something very powerful. I loved the mysterious and unique characters, that fit perfectly in this strange world the author created. I really liked Maika as well, she is a very strong female protagonist, and her journey is very violent but eventful.

The narrative is quite complex and layered as well. There are many things happening in this comics at once, and it is definitely an adult book, it contains plenty of bloody killings and swearwords. The plot travels to the past, explaining some of the events, and there are these useful lectures from the professor Tam Tam, explaining many things in the book, and it is told by a cat! 😀 It has plenty of twists and turns and was an absolute pleasure to read.

So, to conclude, it is not a surprise that this series keeps winning many awards, the artwork is magnificent and the storytelling is impeccable. The characters are unique and mysterious and I loved the first book greatly. I know there will be 18 issues combined into one book and it will be released in July, and I will be saving hard to get it, it is too good to miss. 🙂 If you like fantasy comics, cats and very beautifully created characters, this book is definitely for you! Enjoy. 🙂

Thank you for your time, 🙂


91zc3-vY3QL._SY200_.jpgAbout the authors: New York Times bestselling and award-winning writer Marjorie Liu is best known for her fiction and comic books. She teaches comic book writing at MIT, and leads a class on Popular Fiction at the Voices of Our Nation (VONA) workshop. Ms. Liu’s extensive work includes the bestselling “Astonishing X-Men” for Marvel Comics, which featured the gay wedding of X-Man Northstar and was subsequently nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for outstanding media images of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Prior to writing full-time, Liu was a lawyer. She currently resides in Boston.

Website: Twiter: @marjoriemliu

377312.jpgSana Takeda is an illustrator and comic book artist who was born in Niigata, and now resides in Tokyo, Japan. At age 20 she started out as a 3D CGI designer for SEGA, a Japanese video game company, and became a freelance artist when she was 25. She is still an artist, and has worked on titles such as “X-23” and “Ms. Marvel” for Marvel Comics, and is an illustrator for trading card games in Japan.


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