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Monstress Book One

(Monstress #1-3)

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  909 ratings  ·  149 reviews
Maika Halfwolf lives in a world gripped by war—an alternative, matriarchal 1900s Asia brimming with arcane dangers. As she struggles to overcome the trauma of violence and regain knowledge of her past, she becomes inextricably linked to an eldritch monster of tremendous power. This link will transform them both, and place them in the crosshairs of deadly powers both human ...more
Hardcover, 528 pages
Published July 9th 2019 by Image Comics
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Bradley Not official but "Book One" released in July after the 3rd Volume was released. The 6th Volume is releasing late September 2021, if the pattern follow…moreNot official but "Book One" released in July after the 3rd Volume was released. The 6th Volume is releasing late September 2021, if the pattern follows I'd guess July 2022 for Book Two.(less)
Abigail Pankau Unfortunately not yet. This is just the first 18 issues of the series, and there has not been an announcement yet about when the series will end.
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I just had to get this exclusive edition from Barnes & Noble! I sold my 1-3 paperback graphic novels since they are in this huge hardcover! Anyhoo! This is signed and has 3 sets of freaking postcards. Check it out!

Fanfreakingtastic peeps!!

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
Mar 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, comics

I can sometimes be a little snobbish about American comics, because I grew up reading all these mind-bending French-language bande-dessinée works that were being pumped out in the 80s and 90s – alongside which the brightly coloured, superhero-inflected US series never appealed to me. Monstress was therefore a welcome slap to my prejudices. I thought it was absolutely brilliant. The imagery and emotions of this five-hundred-page behemoth lodged themselves firmly in my brain – I had some weird dre
Nov 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020, graphic-novel
Enjoyed the art and parts of the story, overall though I wasn't immersed in the world. I may continue but feel no urge to do so. ...more
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites, fantasy
I was gifted this gorgeous edition for my birthday last month and I love it.
Still my favourite graphic novel series tbh - the art is absolutely beautiful.
Pop Bop
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
A Monster-sized Volume

"Monstress" is one of the most talked about and most awarded series of the last four years, and for good reason. As the female centric response, of sorts, to phenoms like "Game of Thrones", (or, maybe even moreso, "Wheel of Time"), it is epic high fantasy at its finest. And all of that makes this Book a special treat.

The first eighteen issues of "Monstress" have been collected and published in three separate volumes. But this book comprises all eighteen of those issues, whi
Aug 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Kippa! Oh my bob. I need more.
The artwork in this series is utterly amazing. I can't get enough! ...more
sophie ✨
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, lgbt
"I wanted a wolf tail. I wanted wolf claws and wolf teeth. Do you remember what you said? 'Little wolf, you have all those things. They are safe within you, where no one can take them. Sometimes, my darling, it's better to hide your teeth.'"

If this isn't the next big budget/Hollywood fantasy hit, I'll eat my hat. (I don't wear hats, but! :P) I was interested in this for a while, since the art is gorgeous and reminds me of Final Fantasy illustrations, and I wasn't disappointed in the slightest.
Rumi Bossche
Jun 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
To quote the poets, we’re fucked..

Monstress, the Image comic that won all the big awards in 2018, written by Marjorie Liu and art by Sana Takeda,is a comic book we really need more of. Liu was the first woman to ever win an Eisner award for best writer. Both the writer and artist are women and almost all its cast are female, to be honest, it's a breath of fresh air in a male oriented industry. Not only because of them being women, but also because of the scope, flow and genre of the book. We sim
Jun 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
“To become a future-teller, one needs only to study history.”

That ending… NOT OKAY!! No joke, the last panel stopped my heart for a second.

Gotta admit, I’m not super into graphic novels, don’t actively look for them, but even I heard of the Monstress as it got tons of awards and recognition. And it deserves every single one. The art is not only stunning, but it conveys emotions so well, it doesn’t need a single word. I am in AWE. The story is engrossing too, if not a bit confusing.
Aug 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, graphic-novel
I am not a huge high fantasy fan and I didn't always know what was going on, but this was pretty amazing. The world building took a bit for me to understand, but I just went with the flow and it finally mostly sunk in. The art, as everyone and their dog has noted in their GR review, is quite stunningly beautiful. The clothing is artistic like an Asian costume drama. The women all have beautiful faces and, best of all, all of the world's factions have a matriarchal leadership. These are some bad- ...more
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: on-my-shelves, 2019
These books always caught my eye in the comic shop, and from time to time I would pick it up and flip through, admiring the art, thinking “what is this? Some kind of animal-hybrid thing where people talk about stuff and the art is really cool?”

I don’t know how I managed to miss all of the violence and darkness in this book by flipping through individual issues. This book is amazingly dark, combining elements of Lovecraftian gods, kaiju, bloody gruesome war, and yes, animal people.

This book coll
Ben Howard
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was epic and the art is breathtaking.
Damn, I love Monstress so much.
I was waiting for this monster of a collection since it was announced, and waited again when it said it would be published around July - but wasn't - and then finally in October ... I got my hands on it. And it's perfect.

Content warnings:
LOTS of blood and gore. Lots.

no one is white (takes place in 1900s fictional Asia - and yes, that includes S. Asia! Finally!)
many characters are sapphic, including our protagonist, Maika

So, in this 1900s re-imagined
Blake the Book Eater
This series is SO MUCH BETTER on a reread, y’all. Like the first read is good but v confusing, but retracing Maika’s journey makes it so much easier to focus on what’s actually happening and WOW this series is so good.

Book One collects volumes 1-3 and I’m so glad it does because these all feel like brief chapters in a long, epic story. Idk if I would have the patience to wait for every issue but now I do since I’m caught up!

This series has AMAZING art, beautiful characters, and some of the most
Will Cooper
Jul 10, 2020 rated it liked it
It has the things I thought I would like: high fantasy, an ancient god connected to an outcast, cute animals.

But this series didn't do it for me. The art is gorgeous! But the story fluctuated too much from convoluted to boring to fun action that I couldn't get into it.
Ashley (Red-Haired Ash Reads)
Rating: 4 stars - It was really good

Maika Halfwolf lives in a world gripped by war. As she struggles to deal with the trauma of her past, she becomes linked to an eldritch monster of tremendous power. Now she is struggling to control the monster and deal with being in the crosshairs of multiple deadly powers.

Monstress Book One is a very gritty, Lovecraftian fantasy, with some steampunk aspects thrown in. This story is set in a matriarchal 1900s Asia that is brimming with arcane magics and creat
Sep 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Purchased this solely on recommendations from others and without knowing what this was about.

On the surface, a young girl shares a body with what seems like a monster, but it's all much more complicated than that. As the story unfolds, the reader learns she has a complicated past and is wrapped up in a destiny. Liu goes to great lengths to build this world, complete with history, various races, religion, etc. That alone is reason enough to read this. Liu has put a lot of thought into this and it
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
I thought I was downloading V 1 and not B1 so this took me much longer to get through than I expected. The story I give 3.5/ and the art 6/5 so I just went with 4 on the Goodreads score.

Wow wow wow. The art in this book is stunning and really what kept me reading over the months. I did like the story but feel like some more background could have helped. There are also several characters who look similar or have changing figures so I had to stop a few times to try and figure out what was happeni
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Impressive. Collects the first 18 issues.

An ambitious story, set in an elaborate world with many races and long history of gods and exiled gods, but centering on an orphan and her companions. With as complicated as things are, I can't imagine trying to read this series effectively any other way than to binge it back to back or read a massive collected edition like this one. Too many details that might fade from memory otherwise, and there is little to none hand-holding from the authors. I expect
Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
First off this edition is wonderful and must-have for all fans of this series. The art is fabulous and having all of the first 18 issues in one volume, full size is fantastic.

The tale is a very dark one and at times, difficult to follow everyone's motives, but it reads like an epic fantasy novel meaning you have to start at the beginning. Can't just pick up this month's issue and start from there very well. At 18 issues in it feels like the series isn't nearly half-way done and has a lot of secr
While it took a bit of time to get my footing within this world, as it really plops you down in the middle of everything without taking the time to explain itself first, once I did get a better sense of the world and Maiko and what was going on, I was absolutely hooked. I need the next volumes. Now.
andrew y
Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Time to be honest. That other very original very critically acclaimed book has been gone long enough so I can say with no equivocation except this that Monstress is the greatest ongoing comic series of all, bar none.
Terry Hussey
Jun 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This compendium was an excellent value and read of a really interesting dark fantasy story. The artwork is unbelievable. It is some of the most unique art I've ever seen in a graphic novel. The story is not predictable and the world they create is compelling. ...more
Sam S
Jun 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel, lgbtq
The art was fantastic! The story flowed fairly smoothly. I'm glad I read a bind-up, rather than individual issues. This helped me get more involved with the plot line (which is complex and multi faceted) and connect with the characters more.

A great dark, fantasy graphic novel
3.5 stars
Jake Miller
Jul 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
Sadly, not for me. If you like manga and high fantasy and tentacles maybe you’d like it. idk.
Aug 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
3.5 stars
Mar 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Easily one of my favorite comics at the moment. An epic fantasy in comic book format, the world building is top notch, the characters varied and interesting, and the settings are unique and beautifully rendered. The art in this series is the best I've seen in any comic book. ...more
Nay Denise
Mar 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was a fun read. Loved the fantasy and steampunk aspects. Loved the characters and action scenes. Art style was nice. I enjoyed it enough to want to continue on with the other books.
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New York Times bestselling and award-winning writer Marjorie Liu is best known for her fiction and comic books. She teaches comic book writing at MIT, and she leads a class on Popular Fiction at the Voices of Our Nation (VONA) workshop.

Ms. Liu is a highly celebrated comic book writer. Her extensive work with Marvel includes the bestselling Dark Wolverine series, NYX: No Way Home, X-23, and Black

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