Thursday, March 31, 2022

Monstress: Volume One by Marjorie M. Liu


Monstress: Volume One by  Marjorie M. Liu (Author), Sana Takeda (Illustrator)
Release Date - July 19, 2016
Publisher Website - Image Comics
Publisher Social Media - Twitter
Pages - 202 pages
My Rating - 3/5


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. Collects MONSTRESS #1-6 

Monstress is a dark steampunk fantasy read that is filled with captivating illustrations and robust world building. It however will not be for everyone, and that is entirely okay.

The plot is dense, and convoluted. It may end up being hard for some to follow. It has flashbacks and jumps you right into the story leaving the reader in the position of having to catch up quick. If this suits your reading style you will love it. It asks a lot of the reader but rewards them for it.

The characters are easy to become invested in. It is through them, and not the plot, that I found my entry in to the story. Kappa is my favourite character. She is an adorable character and seems so purely good in this volume. She is also drawn to be very cute (she is part fox). All of the characters are compelling though and I expect most readers will love them and all their complexity.

The art stands out in this one. It is beautifully done with a colour palette that works with the story being told. The illustration style works cohesively with the plot to create an even more impressive reading experience.

I am not sure if I will continue with this one. I personally did not connect with the story as much as plenty of others have. It feels like this is very much a me issue as it has plenty of rave review. I left this one thinking it was just okay. If dark steampunk fantasy reads are your thing this is for you.

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