Volume One

Book - 2016-
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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.
Publisher: Berkeley, California : Image Comics, Inc., [2016]-
ISBN: 9781632157096
Characteristics: volume (unpaged) :,chiefly colour illustrations ;,26 cm.
Additional Contributors: Takeda, Sana - Illustrator


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Jan 07, 2020

I had to confirm what I thought by checking reviews around the internet, so many say the same thing, Amazing artwork but the story was lacking, confusing, or hard to tell who was who and how important they were, but unlike others, to me artwork alone does not make it worth reading, would you continue to watch a film that was beautiful but had an unfollowable story? I dunno, I personally wouldn't. Same thing here, there are so many other things to read.

Apr 02, 2019

I really enjoyed this one, the artwork was beautiful and the story was pretty easy to follow.

Aug 10, 2018

Pretty good. Has a drawing style similar to Avatar The Last Airbender. Pretty neat character designs and a decent story. Wouldn't put it in must read territory, but I enjoyed it.

Aug 08, 2018

Marjorie M. Liu has won the Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story and I can certainly see why. The world she has built, and Sana Takeda has illustrated, is so rich and the characters are so compelling. It's a very dark story and quite violent, yet not gratuitously so. The illustrations are breath-taking in their detail and even the paneling is done in some creative ways. I was hooked from the beginning and I can't wait for the main character to find out more about her past!

Jun 30, 2018

I'm very picky when it comes to graphic novels. So when I say that Monstress absolutely blew me away, know that I don't say that lightly. Not only is this story GORGEOUSLY illustrated, but the characters are fascinating and the central mystery fills me with the best kind of dread. Plus, I don't think I've ever seen any fantasy story - graphic or otherwise - that has as many multifaceted female characters as Monstress. One word of warning, though: there's some pretty graphic violence depicted here, so be prepared to see blood if you pick this one up.

DBRL_DanaB Mar 08, 2018

Without a doubt, one of the most beautiful graphic novels I've ever read. The art is stunning. And the setting: an alternate matriarchal 1900's Asia, in a richly imagined world of art deco-inflected steam punk, is truly unique.
I loved this book.

ReadingAdviser_Sally Nov 16, 2017

Beautiful art work. It was a little too much fantasy for me but for anyone who loves a dark fantasy this will be your favorite graphic novel without a doubt!

RobertELPL Aug 10, 2017

A gorgeously illustrated first volume in a new series. It begins in the aftermath of a huge event, so you always having this creeping sensation that you're missing information. But once you get more into the book details present themselves and you can't wait for a new piece to the puzzle. To me, it makes for good world-building. Also available on Hoopla.

Jun 18, 2017

Beautiful artwork and good storytelling

Mar 05, 2017

Very cool blend of an alternate historical Asia, matriarchal societies, war, fantasy, diverse characters, beautiful art, and a really rich and complicated story. I'll admit I was lost at times, which did hinder my enjoyment of the storyline, but this was definitely a solid read, especially for a first volume.

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Jan 31, 2020

Other: Mentions of cannibalism, depictions of slavery

mvkramer Oct 08, 2016

Violence: Both displayed and implied - torture, brutal murder, wartime atrocities, medical experimentation.

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