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Monstress Book One

(Monstress #1-3)

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  541 ratings  ·  95 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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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
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, favourites
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.
Jul 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
The artwork in this series is utterly amazing. I can't get enough!
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
Bianca Escada
Apr 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved everything about Monstress! A very intense and intriguing world! Also, a feminist read! Many females play important roles in this graphic novel! Which was different from the norm. And the world building was phenomenal!
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, on-my-shelves
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
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.
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
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars!

Innovative, exhilarating, fascinating!

Wow! Monstress was so so good. I hardly know where to start. The world building was extraordinary, rich and in depth. The author did an amazing job of creating an already established world in the beginning and you’re coming without feeling lost, and the myriad of details are revealed as it progresses- which only serves to enrich this vastly layered universe.

Maika Halfwolf leaps off the page! She’s such an enigma at first and kept me reading for hou
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.
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.
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.
Matthew Noe
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The list of awards Monstress has won, long as it is, isn't even close to as long as it deserves
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, comics, image
READ THIS NOW. I debated whether or not to read it for awhile. I'm sad I waited. I can't wait to read more.
May 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Maybe it was a little text-heavy. Maybe I didn’t always know what was going on. But the art is GORGEOUS and there’s a cat so. 5 stars.
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
5/5 stars ~

1/1 for plot
1/1 for characters and character development
1/1 for writing style/art
1/1 for pace
1/1 for world-building

The best art I've ever seen in a graphic novel, plus an intriguing story with a badass female and a unique, magical world!
Preston Stell
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sara Q
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It’s amazing. I love that it’s a matriarchy without all of the stereotypes people associate with that word. I love the story and how it twists and turns and moves in ways you don’t expect. I love the cats, naturally.

I can’t wait for Volume 4.
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dystopia
Okay, so Sana Takeda's art is fucking fantastic. I will die for this art. That alone makes this collection soar into my top comics.

The world and story were a little less mind-blowing than the art itself. There was something of the Highest House in this tale (the protagonist, a member of a persecuted and/or subhuman class, is possessed by an ancient, evil god that talks to them regularly), which isn't a bad thing, necessarily, but the dark melodrama got a little... samey. The self-deprecating hu
May 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
**Monstress Book One HC (B&N Ed.) | 80-85%** | #1-18 | 2015-ongoing | Liu, Takeda | A teenage girl with mysterious power struggles to survive a world of crime, magic, war, and prophecies. Horror, fantasy, steam punk, feminism/matriarchy, mythology, witches, factions, Old Gods, pirates, anthropomorphic animals (Arcanics). Beautiful, detailed, regal, zendoodle/mandala, patterned art. Lots of gold, black, teal, purple. Has that faux/digital hatching underlay for texture. The first ~6 issues were di ...more
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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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