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Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening

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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 p ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published July 19th 2016 by Image Comics
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Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more
5/3/18 - ON SALE for $3.99:

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*giggle snorts*

Rereading is often a humbling experience . . . I've been forced to admit that my memory isn't what it once was, and never is that more apparent then after a reread. *kicks aluminum can*

I won't bore you with all the things I'd forgotten, but there were a few things that made a bigger impact this time around:

(view spoiler)
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Anne
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Fant-Punk
If, prior to reading this, someone said to me, Wanna read a comic that's loosely classified as a Steampunk Fantasy?
Well, I would have politely (and slowly) backed away from them while turning the offer down in no uncertain terms.
Because...no. I mean, is Steampunk even still a thing?
I remember it was all the rage there for a while, and then it just seemed to peter out of vogue -kinda like sparkly vampires and shirtless werewolves.
For those of you who may love and/or live this genre, please don
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Petrik
Oct 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Graphic novel fans
Recommended to Petrik by: Melanie
Gorgeous epic steampunk fantasy done in graphic novel form.

I don’t usually post reviews for graphic novels unless I found something special; Monstress is definitely special. Both manga and graphic novel are a form of storytelling materials that required pictures, they may be similar in this regard but they’re actually very distinct from each other. I, as a huge devourer of manga for more than twenty years and counting, rarely impressed by graphic novels or comics, not that they’re inferior, just
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Melanie
Readalong for the BooktubeSFF Awards which is being hosted by Adriana from Perpetual Pages, Chelsea from TheReadingOutlaw, Samantha from Novels and Nonsense, Connor from Connor O'Brien, Elizabeth from Books and Pieces, Kaitlin from Kitty G, Sam from Thoughts on Tomes, Elena from Elena Reads Books, and Thomas from SFF180!

I loved absolutely everything about this graphic novel. To date, it is by far the best graphic novel I have ever read, and even surpasses my love for Saga. I am completely blo
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Okay I'm only going to put a few pictures because you can all scroll through the other reviewers and see more pictures. I don't like reviewing graphic novels because I never know exactly what to say.

This novel is about Maika Halfwolf and she has been trying to find her way for some time. She lost her mother and friends to a war. She lost one of her arms, but she has some kind of powers and she has a symbol on her chest that may or may not be the cause of this . . .

This novel is very dark but I
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Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘


WINNER OF THE HUGO AWARDS 2017 for best Graphic Story

Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening was... weird, but dark and pretty good?



There's no hiding that the plot is convoluted... at best, and if there was such thing as a CONFUSING ALERT!, I would raise it instantly. Indeed Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening doesn't burden itself with simple details like chronological order and basic knowledge before throwing you in the meat of the (epic fantasy-like) action.

Keyword being : HUH?!

And then, there are these
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Bradley
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Here's something awesome for you. I'm a TOTAL pushover for great art, great nasty story, and MONSTERS INSIDE US.

I mean, I've read the whole Naruto series twice and that whole story arc of the kid with the nine-tailed demon fox living within him was all kinds of awesome. So why do I love Monstress?

The demon living inside her, of course. SOOOO COOL!

Really, though, the artwork is all kinds of amazing and the story kicks me in my bollocks. It's bloody, it's disturbing, it's setting us up for all kin
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Samantha
Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites-2016
Beautiful art, a unique world with gods, humans, and something in between, fearsome magic, political intrigue to rival any epic fantasy, a plethora of formidable female characters... oh.. and magical talking cats... what more could one possibly ask for?

This series is setting up to be an epic masterpiece. There is a lot going on in this first volume, so I can't wait to re-read it and discover even more.
Bookdragon Sean
The visuals in this comic are great; it’s dark and steam punk themed. It’s all rather cool and the action scenes are illustrated brilliantly. It even has a special race of fighting cats that are so ridiculously bad ass; yet, for all that, I found the whole thing quite confusing.

There’s a lot of history with this comic book, which is fine, but I don’t feel like its very well established. There are brief mentions of past events, but not enough details to establish their significance. I feel like
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Michael Finocchiaro
With great graphics, interesting but somewhat confusing story, and lots of grrrrl power, Monstress packs a big punch. The story is kind of similar to Amulet and the monsters and such reminded me of Saga a bit while the cannibalism was sort of like The Walking Dead. I really enjoyed this volume and look forward to where they will tale the story in Vol 2.
Carol (Bookaria)
This is a graphic novel with elements of fantasy, feminism, violence, and diversity.

The main character is a teenager named Maika searching for a past she doesn't remember. On her path she finds people, some are friends, some are enemies and she doesn't know who to trust. Maika is also struggling with a powerful and mysterious "thing" inside of her which threatens to take control.

The art is beautiful and very detailed, just look at the image below, it's one of my favorites in the book.



In the sto
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Philip
3ish stars.

This is a good volume 1 with a cool, BA heroine (view spoiler) and some of the art, especially the issue covers and full-page panels, is pretty beautiful.

At first the story seems like your typical epic fantasy, race wars, magic, Chosen One. It ends up a lot stranger and creepier than that, which is a good thing. The heroine/monstress, Maika Halfwolf is super cool and not a typical heroine. Other interesting characters include cute little fox-girl Kip
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Hannah
Dec 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Reread:
The second time around this was even more brilliant. Which is why I have upped the rating.

Original review:
That was pretty brilliant. I really enjoyed this book but it did take me while to find my bearing in the world created (and, to be perfectly honest, I think I will have to re-read this at some point to really get everything). The authors just trust their readers to stay with them and to be patient while the story unfolds, told partly in flashbacks and never completely.

The art by Sana
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destiny ♎ [howling libraries]
In an 18th century Asia AU, a seventeen-year-old girl must learn to use the demon inside of her to help her survive a war that's been ongoing for far too long. The war wages between humans and immortals; magic users and those who wish to eradicate magic from the earth. Meanwhile, Maika simply wants to keep herself out of harm's way while seeking out the truth of her mysterious past and deceased mother.

If I were to rate Monstress just on artwork and character design, it would be off the charts.
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Emma
There's more hunger in the world than love.


4.25 stars.

Monstress is a harsh, gritty story set in a stunning Asian fantasy/steampunk world. It's honestly one of the best graphic novels I've ever read, and has some of the most beautiful art I've ever seen.

maika

I think I've mentioned in previous reviews that I tend to struggle with visual stories, since I find it harder to connect to/emotionally invest in them. That wasn't the case with Monstress, though—these pages are bursting with fantastic characte
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Lola
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
I would be curious to read this story in novel format. The comic is amazingly beautiful. I didn’t even know someone could make such otherworldly-beautiful illustrations. It’s a true feast to the eyes.

But the reason why I’d wish to read a book adaptation is because there is so much substance in this comic. I’m aware that one is limited in terms of dialog and space when writing for a comic format, so I feel as though the worldbuilding and characters would be even more developed that way. (But I’m
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Trina (Between Chapters)
Sometimes I can have a hard time getting into fantasy comics because they have a short page count to introduce you to big worlds, and that was definitely the case here. My interest was so lukewarm with this one that I do not plan to continue this series. The story and characters are NOT bad by any means, this story in this format just didn't work for me personally. I'd love to see it as a movie or something though!

What I liked:
-The art.

-The main character is fierce and I want to know more about
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❄️Nani❄️
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.75 ⭐

"To quote the poets... we're fucked."

Welcome to the world of magic and mayhem with wondrous visuals.

This dark and visually-stunning comics does not hold back on anything in its portrayal of wartime depravity. From slavery and torture to racism, cannibalism and coming to grips with postwar traumatic experiences.

It took me a while to really get into the story but I instantly fell in love with two things - the breathtaking artwork and the sweet and adorable little muffin, Kippa. 😍

Let's get b
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karen
Jul 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
congratulations! semifinalist in goodreads' best graphic novels & comics category 2016!

ugh, i still need to review this one! dammit!
Book Riot Community
Even if this wasn’t an incredible piece of storytelling, the art alone in this graphic novel would have put it at the top of my list. Takeda’s steampunk art deco graphics are mind-meltingly beautiful and amazing. But Liu’s story of a girl in an alternate 1900s matriarchal Asia is worthy of such beauty. Maika is fighting the forces of darkness and evil (holy cats, such EVIL – this book definitely earns its ‘M’ rating) while also struggling with an actual monster inside her, whose agenda she hasn’ ...more
Jennymort ♔ The Dark Lordette ♔ House of Slytheread
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Reading this for the second time makes me wish that this was more of a book. I need to know more about this world and the characters in it.

It's driving me nuts not knowing more.

I NEED MORE.

I loved the hell out of this.

I highly recommend this graphic novel. The illustrations are gorgeous and the story line was well done.
HFK
Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paidkindle, graphics
Monstress is not a graphic you can casually flip through with your phone while enjoying your morning toilet experience, but you need to pay attention, and perhaps flip back and forth more than once to keep yourself focused on what is actually going on.



This flipping is not unusual when you are facing a fantasy story that has an extremely rich world building. There is a lot of mythology and history you need to savor in order to be fully pulled inside a world that has strong fantasy elements, but a
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Trish
Oct 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Dear Heaven! Words fail me. I was impressed by many books over the years, but never as completely as I am with this. I'm flabberghasted, I'm in love, I still can't believe this exists.

The only reason I knew about this, was Neil Gaiman. Once again, one of my favourite authors pointed me towards a book I wouldn't want to miss under any circumstances.

The story is set in a fantasy world where there aren't only humans but also Ancients, Arcadians (half human and half Ancient), Old Gods and other cre
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David Schaafsma
A 2016 Goodreads comic of the year nominee, and much deserved, I would say. A couple of my (possibly more comics-experienced) Goodreads friends (males of our species) had not liked this series, so I held back for awhile. And I’m not a huge fantasy reader, and this looks like historical fantasy, which I have even less experience with, though it does look it comes with a side of something like steampunk, which I like. . . and there’s some horror in it, okay, good, then many many other friends like ...more
unknown
Aug 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
Gorgeous art. Strong women. Great cats.
Sandra
Jul 06, 2016 rated it liked it
I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE PUBLISHED FOR THIS REVIEW COPY IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW.


REACTION AFTER READING THE BOOK


This got me at the edge of my seat. It gripped me in the right ways and satisfied me when it ended.


LONG STORY SHORT


Maika, girl with one arm and a mark in her chest, was sold at an auction.
She was branded as an archaic.
Cumeans ate archaics because of the benefits that it gives them.
Maika hates them.
Maika needed answers.
She was able to breach their city and spread chaos.
But
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Fables&Wren
Dec 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
WrensReads Review:

Recommend by Caleb!

This...


Whole thing...


Was BEAUTIFUL!


Like, Sana Takeda.. I tip my hat to you. I found myself lost in the art than the story itself. Not that I didn't love Marjorie M. Liu's story telling and Rus Wooton designs, because I totally did, but the art just was wonderful.

This is definitely a high high HIGH fantasy book. I am talking multiple-tailed cats, people who are half some-type of animal, and a different type of world entirely.

Maika Halfwolf, our heroine, is s
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Caro the L. of the H.
3 stars rounded up to 4 for amazing graphics.

Well, this was interesting. This graphic novel seems to be a bit of everything - somewhat manga, but not really, fantasy in general, but with a tad of history, generally YA in tone, but talking about serious issues such as racism, slavery and torture. Graphic side is beautiful and mind blowing - to the point I wasn't just reading the dialogues and getting through the story pretty fast, as it often happens with graphic novels, but I actually enjoyed lo
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Sesana
Jun 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, fantasy
Three stars almost entirely for the pretty, pretty art. What you see on the cover is what you get, and it's gorgeously and beautifully detailed. It's a very nice book to look at. The story, on the other hand, is not as pretty. The reader is thrown in the deep end with very little background information. Sometimes that can work, but here, I was mostly just confused. It takes three issues to get a clear definition of what an Arcanic is, for example. It makes the first few issues more difficult to ...more
Bentley ★ Bookbastion.net
Nov 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
What a vibrant, rich and fully-realized world. I've completely new to reading graphic novels, but if I can find more like this I'm going to become very invested, very quickly. Full review to come tomorrow!
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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 she leads a class on Popular Fiction at the Voices of Our Nation (VONA) workshop.

Ms. Liu is a highly celebrated comic book writer. Her extensive work with Marvel includes the bestselling Dark Wolverine series, NYX: No Way Home, X-23, and Black
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