Title: Monstress Vol. 1: Awakening
Author: Marjorie M. Liu
Illustrator: Sana Takeda
Series: Monstress #1
Dates Read: September 20, 2020
Monstress is a gritty, Lovecraftian, steampunk fantasy following a 17 year old Maika Halfwolf. This world involves the Federation of Humans and the Cumaea, who are their witch-nun allies. They enslave and experiment on the Arcanics, who are half breeds of humans and Ancients. Maika is very different though. She contains a powerful monster who is very Lovecraftian.
This comic is packed with history, politics and characters. While fascinating it was almost too much information because it got a little bit confusing with the constant bombardment of characters and history. I really loved the whole concept and the characters but it was very easy to get confused.
Maika was fascinating and I really love how blood thirsty she was. I really can’t wait to learn more about her and the monster that is inside of her. The two main side characters, Kippa and Master Ren, were also pretty fascinating. I loved that the cats talk in this.
The artwork by Takeda was absolutely stunning. Each panel was beautifully drawn and colored which really helped bring this amazing story to life. I really can’t wait to jump into volume 2.
- Graphic violence