Review: Monstress Vol 1: Awakening by Marjorie M. Liu

Title:  Monstress Vol. 1: Awakening 

Author: Marjorie M. Liu

Illustrator: Sana Takeda

Series: Monstress #1

Genre: Fantasy

Format: eBook

Pages: 208

Dates Read: September 20, 2020

4 stars
4 stars – It was really good

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. 

Reader Warning:

  • Graphic violence
  • Torture
  • Experimentation
  • Enslavement

Goodreads / Amazon

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