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review 2017-06-08 22:37
Review: Mostress, Volume 1
Monstress Vol. 1 - Sana Takeda,Marjorie M. Liu

The art is stellar and the characters are intriguing, but I feel like I want to love this more than I do. Like, if it was just a little funnier, or just a little more poignant, it would be amazing. But instead it is just very good. I'll have to pick up volume 2, for the art if nothing else. I don't even know how long I spent just staring at some of the panels in wonder.

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review 2017-05-21 06:29
Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening by Marjorie M. Liu (Writer) and Sana Takeda (Artist)
Monstress Volume 1: Awakening - Marjorie M. Liu

So many people have been talking and raving about Monstress. I've heard so many good things about this comic that I immediately placed an order at my library so I could read it ASAP! ...only to wait for months and still not have them contact me to let me know when the comic will be in... only to find it on the shelves as if no one placed a hold on it at all! Ugh... no. No. It's fine. I'm not bitter. (I'm a little bit bitter.) Well, I finally was able to read it and I must say it is well worth the hype.

 

I almost don't want to tell you anything about it. I went in blind and I think that's the best way to go into it. You will appreciate the world more and the characters more. In this world there are humans, monsters, and half-breeds. Throughout the entire comic, you're able to see the mistreatment monsters receive for being "other" and how they're a people being oppressed. I love that this comic touches on inequality, racism, sexism, etc. I love that it's so expressive in the art and story! I will not tell you any more of the story because you HAVE to read it for yourself to fully enjoy it.

 

The artwork, however, I will talk about. Sana Takeda is incredibly talented. The art in this comic is one of the best artwork I have ever seen in any given comic. I am blown away by how stunning it is! It's detailed down to the very last lead in the forest scenes in this book. The colors are breathtaking! It's such a beautiful color palette with browns and greens and golds to match the "earthy" feeling to the story. I could go on and on about the art in this comic. It's just so beautiful!

 

And the characters are great. The main character is Maika Halfwolf. She is bold, strong, a bit sassy, and loyal. She is not without flaws. She tends to be a longer and can be a bit stand-offish but, considering her circumstances, I don't blame her. She is a wonderful character that I cannot wait to get to know. There's also my favorite character, Ren. He's an intelligent, magical, smart-mouth, talking cat. Yes, a talking cat, and I love him. He serves as a guide for Maika and what she can do in order to save herself and her world. I adore him so much and many of the ladies in this comic/  There are so many strong female-characters and they are strong not because they are cruel, but because they have their own goals and ideas and they will fight until they see those goals become a reality. I really enjoyed seeing these women shown to be in leadership roles without falling into the "cruel woman" trope.

 

I highly, highly recommend this comic. If you like strong female leads, action, adventure, magic, and talking cats, then I highly recommend you read this comic. There is swearing, violence, gore, and talk of sexual abuse so keep that in mind when picking this up. Otherwise, I hope you enjoy reading this comic. I had quite a fun time being in this world for a while~

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-03-01 11:04
February 2017-- A Wrap Up
The Hobbit (Graphic Novel) - Chuck Dixon
X-Men: Magneto Testament - Carmine Di Giandomenico,Greg Pak
Monstress Volume 1: Awakening - Marjorie M. Liu
Outtakes from the Grave (Night Huntress Book 8) - Jeaniene Frost
Hellboy, Vol. 1: Seed of Destruction - John Byrne,Mike Mignola
Asimov's Science Fiction: Hugo & Nebula Award Winning Stories - Sheila Williams
Night - Marion Wiesel,Elie Wiesel

 

 

Old Faves in New Flavors

 

The Hobbit Graphic Novel

The novel stayed true to the book. However, I wasn't too impressed with the artwork. It could have been more attractive. Given that I've just finished reading Monstress, it is no surprise that everything else looks almost dull in comparison!

 

 

 

Words that have always made me sad and touched my heart:

 

 

Outtakes from the Grave

 

This book is solely for the readers who have loved the Night Huntress series. It contains deleted scenes and different versions that were scrapped for various reasons. It was a good way to revisit the duo that we'd all miss now that the series has ended. Since I have added books from the two spinoff series to my TBR recently, I'm guessing I'll come across Cat & Bones there too.

 

 

 

Holocaust Horrors

 

X-Men: Magneto Testament

 

Since I read this first, I didn't realize how heavily inspired it was by the book, Night by Elie Wiesel. Even so, I loved it, both for the content and the art. A scene that stayed with me was about the girl Magneto is trying to save. She is found among dead bodies and is found to have survived because she remembered what he had said to her & had hidden herself in the pile.

 

 

Night

 

What I liked about this book was that the author wasn't interested in getting people to feel sorry for them. Instead, their objective was to prevent such a catastrophe from happening again. That is one of the reasons why the book felt much more authentic to me than The Book Thief ever did. Of course, the fact that the author lived through the events has a lot to do with that, as well.

 

I think this quote from the book says it all:

 

 

Eye-Candiliciousness

 

Hellboy, Vol. 1: Seed of Destruction

 

Find my mini-review here.

 

 

Monstress, Vol 1: Awakening

 

 

 

Everybody has been talking about this, so I'll just say that you might wanna check it out for yourself.

 

Asimov's Science Fiction

 

Detailed review here.

 

February was a good month. I read more graphic novels than I usually read and it is always good to try new things.

 

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review 2017-02-15 07:15
Quick Reading Updates, Book Bingo, & Musings on Writing
Hellboy, Vol. 1: Seed of Destruction - John Byrne,Mike Mignola

 

I finished Hellboy Vol. 1 Seed of Destruction & loved every bit of it. I would have loved it even more, if there was more Liz to go around. The artwork is so beautiful but what do I know because I haven’t read more than ten graphic novels/comics in my life.

However, that is all about to change!

 

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Another graphic novel that I am loving because look how pretty!

 

Almost done with Asimov’s Science Fiction: Hugo & Nebula Award Winning Stories, which is the book that got me thinking. At the moment, I am engrossed in one of the stories featured in it, Barnacle Bill the Spacer, by Lucius Shepard. It is so unabashedly geeky and based on barnacles that I had to stop and think. It includes chunks about Barnacle biology & yet I am loving it. It reminds me of my 5k-word long short story, The Better to See You With. Not being able to publish it so far, I have been thinking if its the science that is preventing its acceptance. Shepard’s story has given me hope. Now all I have to worry about is that it might not get published because it is a sucky story. Phew!

Book Bingo continues with my girls from work. We already finished one round of reading & rolled the dice a second time. Check out the categories that we included in that super-bad picture below:

 

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My teammate & I have complete our book for O i.e. New to You Author & are now looking for a book that will fit the requirements for N i.e. Non-Human Character. So far, I am looking at these three:

 

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text 2016-12-12 20:45
Monstress #1 - Sana Takeda,Marjorie M. Liu

The art is so good! Lush and complicated and shadowy without being like furiously grim. The story is pretty grim, though–or at least more violent than my usual comics. I like the choice of having a cast that’s 95% women, which lets Liu do some interesting things with the characters & gives them a chance to be morally complicated in a way that wouldn’t work with mostly men and just one or two women.

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