monstress – issue 1

Cassiopeia’s Moon is doing sterling work over at her literature review blog.  This one in particular caught my eye as the book is creating quite a buzz.  Monstress is a graphic novel by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda, set in a world torn apart by war.  But for a more in-depth look at the series, click on the link and head on over to her site.

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24426209Monstress – Issue 1 by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda

My rating:4 of 5 stars

I’m still new to the graphic novel genre but it seems like I chose well when I pick something up. Monstress is a new series about a girl, Maika, living in a world torn apart by war. In this 72 page issue you only get a glimpse of the world, and what a world! It already feels complex, filled with politics, history and mysticism.

In the beginning I had some trouble understanding what was going on and missed the insight into her, Maika’s, head you usually get when reading a novel. But then explanations came. There had been a war, those who lost have become targets for slave trading, something mysterious happened at the war’s final days. And then there is something about Maika.

I do recommend to not read any synopsis. I did…

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