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review 2017-12-28 09:08
Monstress #2: The Blood
Monstress Volume 2: The Blood - Marjorie M. Liu

This series continues to impress with both its art and its storytelling. I was worried the quality established in the early issues couldn't be sustained, but if anything this collection is even better. In this volume the story and world expand, but none of the intimacy is lost. As some questions are answered still more are poised. I'm completely hooked, and I can't wait for more.

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review 2017-12-28 08:59
Monstress #1: Awakening
Monstress Volume 1: Awakening - Marjorie M. Liu

I don't know that I've ever seen a series as beautiful as this one. Every panel is as intricate and lovely as the cover art. It's astonishing that this is a full monthly title and not a short run comic. Add in the carefully crafted plot, well conceived world-building, and full cast of kick-ass characters (most of them women), and this series is a gem. A delicious blend of dark fantasy with a dash of cosmic horror, steampunk, and Asian mythology. This one is not to be missed.

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review 2017-11-11 15:17
No idea what's going on
Monstress Volume 2: The Blood - Marjorie M. Liu

I have no idea what's going on here, I adore the art-work and several of the characters are very interesting but I want to care more and I can't find it in me, I care about a lot of the peripheral characters but the main characters aren't as compelling.  I'm following more of the art than the story and finding myself lost in the pretty.

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review 2017-10-25 20:23
Horror That Tackles The Mind
Monstress Volume 1: Awakening - Marjorie M. Liu
A teenage girl searching for answers on her mother’s death and the horror that is transforming her mind and body.

 

Once you get into this graphic novel, which might take a little bit, the characters are likeable and some horrible.  They make you feel the way you should which terror, fear and a little hope for our main character.

 

The art is good reminds me of anime and manga. Only thing it is the type anime manga art I dislike.  I am not a fan of the gory, and bloody art. Maybe that is because in high school art class we watched the anime Akira over and over.  It was really gross and that is how I found some of the art. It’s really great art just not a fan of the theme.  

 

I read this because I heard good things about it and Neil Gaiman had a good quote about it.  I will probably read volume two to find out what happens.  Once I got through the beginning which is a little vague in storytelling wise but starts to come together at the end.  Still worth a read.

 

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review 2017-09-03 21:07
Review: Monstress, Volume 1: Awakening by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda
Monstress Volume 1: Awakening - Marjorie M. Liu

 

This is the story of Maika Halfwolf, a seventeen year old orphan that sets out to either save the continent or at least her people. There are a lot of politics involved among the four species, and they are all either vying for power and genocide of the "other" or trying to survive during and after a war. The setting is early 1900s Asia (no specific country) and is populated by diverse groups. The artwork is beautiful and intricate Art Deco - I loved the artwork. I also liked how steampunk and horror were mixed into the story.

 

My main problem with the story is in how it is told. It is very non-linear - and I hate that type of story telling. It is so disjointed and there are too many plotlines and characters to follow. Flashbacks are used a lot, which just adds to the confusion and doesn't answer any questions. Then there are the "lectures" given by one of the species (the cats) at the end of four issues (this trade contains issues 1-6) that are major info dumps done in info-graph form, although there isn't a whole lot in these lectures to give the reader more information than the story is already providing. There wasn't any humor, even a snarky throw away line, to lighten the mood.

 

I am not going to bother reading further into the series.

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