Monstress, Vol. 1 by Marjorie M. Liu

Monstress, Vol. 1

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.

Details Monstress, Vol. 1

TitleMonstress, Vol. 1
Release DateJul 19th, 2016
PublisherImage Comics
Number of pages202 pages
GenreComics, Fantasy, Graphic Novels, Graphic Novels Comics, Horror, Science Fiction, Sequential Art, Steampunk

Reviews Monstress, Vol. 1

  • Melanie
    Readalong for the BooktubeSFF Awards which is being hosted by Adriana from Perpetual Pages, Chelsea from TheReadingOutlaw, Samantha from Novels and Nonsense, Connor from Connor O'Brien, Elizabeth from Books and Pieces, Kaitlin from Kitty G, Sam from Thoughts on Tomes, Elena from Elena Reads Books, and Thomas from SFF180!I loved absolutely everything about this graphic novel. To date, it is by far the best graphic novel I have ever read, and ev...
  • Connor
    Woah! I'm completely here for this series now. The artwork was incredible. The plot was compelling and interesting. I enjoyed the characters immensely. All around fantastic!
  • Amanda
    4.5 stars. Great start to what I hope is a long series.
  • Brad
    Here's something awesome for you. I'm a TOTAL pushover for great art, great nasty story, and MONSTERS INSIDE US.I mean, I've read the whole Naruto series twice and that whole story arc of the kid with the nine-tailed demon fox living within him was all kinds of awesome. So why do I love Monstress?The demon living inside her, of course. SOOOO COOL!Really, though, the artwork is all kinds of amazing and the story kicks me in my bollocks. It's blood...
  • Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
    What stunning artwork! A really short read, but I can't wait to see the next one. This part is like a short glimpse into a really mysterious and very different world, but so little is given, it leaves you wishing for more. You'll want to find out how this world works - why do these people look mostly like humans but are not? Why do the real humans dissect, torture and even eat these human-looking characters who talk? Why is the world almost solel...
  • Caro M.
    3 stars rounded up to 4 for amazing graphics.Well, this was interesting. This graphic novel seems to be a bit of everything - somewhat manga, but not really, fantasy in general, but with a tad of history, generally YA in tone, but talking about serious issues such as racism, slavery and torture. Graphic side is beautiful and mind blowing - to the point I wasn't just reading the dialogues and getting through the story pretty fast, as it often happ...
  • Philip
    3ish stars. This is a good volume 1 with a cool, BA heroine (view spoiler)[(slash villain?) (hide spoiler)] and some of the art, especially the issue covers and full-page panels, is pretty beautiful. At first the story seems like your typical epic fantasy, race wars, magic, Chosen One. It ends up a lot stranger and creepier than that, which is a good thing. The heroine/monstress, Maika Halfwolf is super cool and not a typical heroine. Other inter...
  • Trina (Between Chapters)
    Sometimes I can have a hard time getting into fantasy comics because they have a short page count to introduce you to big worlds, and that was definitely the case here. My interest was so lukewarm with this one that I do not plan to continue this series. The story and characters are NOT bad by any means, this story in this format just didn't work for me personally. I'd love to see it as a movie or something though!Why you should consider picking ...
  • Wren | WrensReads
    WrensReads Review:Recommend by Caleb! This...Whole thing...Was BEAUTIFUL!Like, Sana Takeda.. I tip my hat to you. I found myself lost in the art than the story itself. Not that I didn't love Marjorie M. Liu's story telling and Rus Wooton designs, because I totally did, but the art just was wonderful.This is definitely a high high HIGH fantasy book. I am talking multiple-tailed cats, people who are half some-type of animal, and a different type of...
  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    The thing about graphic novels that are part of a larger world and larger series is that the first volume is usually an introduction. So since this was new to me, I spent a bit of the time confused, but knew I would know more by the end. There is a lot to like - the art is gorgeous, the full-page pieces are worth spending a few moments with alone. There is a majority of female characters with a range of good/evil, strong/weak, old/young, human/no...
  • Samantha
    Beautiful art, a unique world with gods, humans, and something in between, fearsome magic, political intrigue to rival any epic fantasy, a plethora of formidable female characters... oh.. and magical talking cats... what more could one possibly ask for? This series is setting up to be an epic masterpiece. There is a lot going on in this first volume, so I can't wait to re-read it and discover even more.
  • Hannah
    That was pretty brilliant. I really enjoyed this book but it did take me while to find my bearing in the world created (and, to be perfectly honest, I think I will have to re-read this at some point to really get everything). The authors just trust their readers to stay with them and to be patient while the story unfolds, told partly in flashbacks and never completely. The art by Sana Takeda is absolutely stunning. While the colour palette is mos...
  • Matthew Quann
    Pan-recommendation for fantasy & comic fans alike!Monstress is the best fantasy comic I've read since Gaiman's Sandman, and when Gaiman's opus gets tossed around you can be sure I'm not messing around. That's not to say that Monstress is the same type of book as Sandman, indeed, it is not. However, no other comic that I've read so meticulously crafts a believable fantasy world that will feel at home in hands that normally tote 600 page-plus fanta...
  • Gianfranco Mancini
    Well, first volume of Marjorie Liu's Monstress was a real blast of a reading for me, a great grimdark fantasy tale and an awesome mix of western comics and eastern manga traditions and styles.Sana Takeda's art is awesome, the world building was well developed and characters have depth, the story is good, action packed and full of twists, with explosions of gore and (not much hidden) anime references.It was like a steampunk horror version of Miyaz...
  • David Schaafsma
    A 2016 Goodreads comic of the year nominee, and much deserved, I would say. A couple of my (possibly more comics-experienced) Goodreads friends (males of our species) had not liked this series, so I held back for awhile. And I’m not a huge fantasy reader, and this looks like historical fantasy, which I have even less experience with, though it does look it comes with a side of something like steampunk, which I like. . . and there’s some horro...
  • Trish
    Dear Heaven! Words fail me. I was impressed by many books over the years, but never as completely as I am with this. I'm flabberghasted, I'm in love, I still can't believe this exists.The only reason I knew about this, was Neil Gaiman. Once again, one of my favourite authors pointed me towards a book I wouldn't want to miss under any circumstances. The story is set in a fantasy world where there aren't only humans but also Ancients, Arcadians (ha...
  • Tori (InToriLex)
    Find this and other Reviews at In Tori LexThis comic appealed to me on every level possible. Strong Female protagonist check, Cats as a race check, Strong World Building check, non-white characters check, Fearsome Villain check, Witches check, Humor Check,  Action check and Fantastic Fantasy elements check. This comic rocks because it's unique storytelling reaches in, engages you and doesn't let you go. Maika Halfwolf is a force to be reckoned w...
  • Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
    Okay I'm only going to put a few pictures because you can all scroll through the other reviewers and see more pictures. I don't like reviewing graphic novels because I never know exactly what to say. This novel is about Maika Halfwolf and she has been trying to find her way for some time. She lost her mother and friends to a war. She lost one of her arms, but she has some kind of powers and she has a symbol on her chest that may or may not be the...
  • Stephen
    In a alternate steampunk Asia there is a war going on between humans and the Arcanic a race of beings which seem like human animal hybrids. Without giving away too much of the story Maika Halfwolf the main character finds herself in the middle of this. The story opens with her being sold into slavery with other Arcanic's, she is taken into the fortress of a order called the Cumaea. The humans capture these Arcanics to harvest them and create lili...
  • j
    Gorgeous art. Strong women. Great cats.
  • Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ (of badger and SNAKE)
    3.5 stars. Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening was... weird, but dark and pretty good? There's no hiding that the plot is convoluted... at best, and if there was such thing as a CONFUSING ALERT!, I would raise it instantly. Indeed Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening doesn't burden itself with simple details like chronological order and basic knowledge before throwing you in the meat of the (epic fantasy-like) action. Keyword being : HUH?! And then, there are t...
  • Daniella
    ***this rating is not reflective of the content of this book, only my enjoyment***I've come to the conclusion that I can't understand fantasy or sci fi graphic novels. Out of the two other ones I've read I couldnt repeat the plots or character names back to you, and it was even worse with this one. (Probably only 10% of the story was retained). Again, this isn't the fault of the story or the author, it's mine.Probably won't buy any more graphic n...
  • Ashley
    I'm still just in awe at how gorgeous this art is.
  • Sarah
    Monstress is a dark fantasy comic with a steampunk feel to it and the artwork is absolutely stunning. There are pages I could happily stare at all day long and this is definitely a book I'd be happy to reread because you spot new things every time you look at it.Maika is a young girl caught in the crossfire of the ongoing war between humans and Arcanics. The Arcanics are a race with access to magic, some who can pass for human and others who look...
  • Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads
    12/19/16 - ON SALE for $3.99: by: Rabid Reads4.5 starsOne of the things I'm discovering that I love about graphic novels is the way they hit the ground running. The creators don't toy with you the way writers of traditional books sometimes do--they don't have the time to draw out anything beyond the most important Secrets.MONSTRESS, for example, opens with a slave auction, and the inquiries made about Lot 819 reveal...
  • BlueLilyxLilyBlue
    I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE PUBLISHED FOR THIS REVIEW COPY IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW. REACTION AFTER READING THE BOOK This got me at the edge of my seat. It gripped me in the right ways and satisfied me when it ended. LONG STORY SHORT Maika, girl with one arm and a mark in her chest, was sold at an auction.She was branded as an archaic.Cumeans ate archaics because of the benefits that it gives them.Maika hates them.Maika needed answers.She w...
  • karen
    congratulations! semifinalist in goodreads' best graphic novels & comics category 2016!ugh, i still need to review this one! dammit!
  • Sesana
    Three stars almost entirely for the pretty, pretty art. What you see on the cover is what you get, and it's gorgeously and beautifully detailed. It's a very nice book to look at. The story, on the other hand, is not as pretty. The reader is thrown in the deep end with very little background information. Sometimes that can work, but here, I was mostly just confused. It takes three issues to get a clear definition of what an Arcanic is, for example...
  • The Holy Terror
    Individual issue reviews: #1 | #2 | #3 | #4 | #5 | #6Total review score: 4Gonna be lame and just paste my comments on the last issue: Beautiful artwork, fascinating story, and fantastic characters.I need issue #7 like ... yesterday.