2018 Eisner Award winner, Best Writer2018 Eisner Award winner, Best Painter/Multimedia Artist2018 Eisner Award winner, Best Continuing Series2018 Eisner Award winner, Best Publication for Teens2018 Eisner Award winner, Best Cover Artist2018 Harvey Award winner, Book of the Year2018 Hugo Award winner, Best Graphic Story2018 British Fantasy Award winner, Best Comic/Graphic Novel2018, 2016, 2015 Entertainment Weekly's The Best Comic Books of the Year2018, Newsweek's Best Comic Books of the Year2018, The Washington Post's 10 Best Graphic Novels of the Year2018, Barnes & Noble's Best Books of the Year2018, YALSA's Great Graphic Novels for Teens2018, Thrillist's Best Comics & Graphic Novels of the Year2018, Powell's Best Science-Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, and Graphic Novels of the Year
Set in an alternate matriarchal 1900's Asia, in a richly imagined world of art deco-inflected steam punk, MONSTRESS tells the story of a teenage girl who is struggling to survive the trauma of war, and who shares a mysterious psychic link with a monster of tremendous power, a connection that will transform them both and make them the target of both human and otherworldly powers.
About the Creators:
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 leads a class on Popular Fiction at the Voices of Our Nation (VONA) workshop. Ms. Liu's extensive work includes the bestselling "Astonishing X-Men" for Marvel Comics, which featured the gay wedding of X-Man Northstar and was subsequently nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for outstanding media images of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Prior to writing full-time, Liu was a lawyer. She currently resides in Boston.
Sana Takeda is an illustrator and comic book artist who was born in Niigata, and now resides in Tokyo, Japan. At age 20 she started out as a 3D CGI designer for SEGA, a Japanese video game company, and became a freelance artist when she was 25. She is still an artist, and has worked on titles such as "X-23" and "Ms. Marvel" for Marvel Comics, and is an illustrator for trading card games in Japan.
"...as ambitious as George R.R. Martin or J.R.R. Tolkien..." --The Los Angeles Review of Books
"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
"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
"Filled to the brim with awesome." --Kirkus Reviews
"Liu's accomplishment is impressive. She's created characters who feel larger than life, but whose motivations and values are almost always obscure." --NPR
"World-building on a scale rare in mainstream comics." --The Hollywood Reporter