Monstress Book One


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$49.99  $45.99
Image Comics
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7.5 X 1.4 X 11.1 inches | 4.05 pounds
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About the Author

Marjorie Liu is the New York Times bestselling author of the Monstress series, illustrated by Sana Takeda. She also writes for Marvel Comics, including Black Widow, X-23, and Astonishing X-Men. Marjorie teaches comic book writing at MIT, and divides her time between Boston, Massachusetts, and Tokyo, Japan.


BOOK RIOT -- Monstress (Marjorie Liu, Sana Takeda, and Rus Wooten) is intense, and does not hold back on the darker elements of magic it explores. Set in a matriarchal world where sorceresses capture and use magical creatures (the Arcanics) to sustain their power and control, Monstress follows Maika on her quest to avenge her mother. Littered with nuanced, flawed, powerful, hopeful, and dangerous female characters, this tale of war and race is a punch to the gut at every turn of the page.

NPR -- For page after gorgeous page, Monstress engulfs the reader in layers of masterfully drawn figures, textures and details. In the context of comics, where a few hasty scribbles often carry the whole weight of the reader's imagination, Takeda's compositions are almost dizzying. Her talent, like Liu's, is seductive - it distracts and overwhelms. Only after you've become acclimatized may you begin to notice certain weaknesses. For one, there's a static sameness to many of her female characters. Maika and nearly all the female bosses are annoyingly exquisite. (Could it be that crow's feet and double chins are caused by patriarchy?) But such shortcomings don't seem like that big a deal stacked against this saga's capacity to engage and absorb. When you're lucky enough to encounter a complex story, winning characters and all that delectable art, it's hard to get hung up on a few flaws - however pervasive they may be.

"Takeda's visuals recall realistic, gritty manga such as Lone Wolf and Cub, with magic and monsters to rival those of Hayao Miyazaki's films." --Publishers Weekly

"Liu's accomplishment is impressive. She's created characters who feel larger than life, but whose motivations and values are almost always obscure." --NPR

" ambitious as George R.R. Martin or J.R.R. Tolkien..." --The Los Angeles Review of Books

"Intricate and detailed, with a definite manga influence, Takeda's artwork creates a lush and dangerous world for Liu's equally dangerous characters. The work is infused with feminist themes; almost all of the characters are strong--and deadly--women." --School Library Journal