Monstress, Vol. 2 (Monstress, #2) by Marjorie M. Liu

Monstress, Vol. 2 (Monstress, #2)

Maika Halfwolf is on the run from a coalition of forces determined to control or destroy the powerful Monstrum that lives beneath her skin. But Maika still has a mission of her own: to discover the secrets of her late mother, Moriko. In this second volume of Monstress, collecting issues 7-12, Maika's quest takes her to the pirate-controlled city of Thyria and across the sea to the mysterious Isle of Bones. It is a journey that will force Maika to...

Details Monstress, Vol. 2 (Monstress, #2)

TitleMonstress, Vol. 2 (Monstress, #2)
Release DateJul 11th, 2017
PublisherImage Comics
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Fantasy, Comics, Horror, Fiction, Graphic Novels Comics

Reviews Monstress, Vol. 2 (Monstress, #2)

  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    I freaking loved it! This one is even better than the first one. Maika Halfwolf, Kippa, and Captain Ren are all together again in this one. Maika is on a journey to find something and get rid of something. There are a ton of wonderful characters in the book! I took some pictures from my book. They aren't that great but you will get an idea of some of the awesome graphics and creatures =) And they are not in order, just like my life! ENJOY! Mel ...
  • Melanie
    Vol. 1: Awakening ★★★★★ “Halfwolf’s daughter has returned.” In Volume Two: The Blood, We are thrown back into this amazing world that I love so much. We are reintroduced to a girl that is living with a monster inside of her. She is being hunted, but trying to piece together all the parts that make up her past, including what happened to her mother, who taught her at a young age to be strong in a world that will refuse to ever ac...
  • Anne
    Arrgh, me matey!Volume 2 probably would have been cool even if Liu hadn't decided to make it pirate-themed, but with the addition of the high seas adventure she really kicked that shit up a notch.Or is that just me? You know, sailors just don't get enough credit for being badass in my opinion. Think about it! Mother Nature is a vicious bitch and she's at her most terrifying in the ocean. I mean, who knows what the fuck is lurking down at the bott...
  • Samantha
    4.5 stars! I didn't love this volume quite as much as volume 1, but still adored it and this story.
  • Petrik
    Monstress returns with another great installment. “Just because you are afraid you won't have anything tomorrow doesn't mean you shouldn't help people today.” Monstress is the only one out of two graphic novels—the other is Elric adaptation by Julien Blondel—that I’m willing to continue until the end. I know it will still be a while until its completion but to me, the two volume in Monstress is already better than my entire experience...
  • Catriona (LittleBookOwl)
    Rating: 4.5 stars!Really enjoying this series so far, and the illustrations are absolutely superb!
  • Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more
    Updated review:First of all, I have no idea what previously led me to give this 3.0 stars. Obviously, part of it was not rereading vol. 1 beforehand, so a lot of the details flew over my head (b/c crappy memory), but it was more than that, b/c I had tangible feelings of resentment over the "lesser quality" of this second volume. *rolls eyes at self*I still think vol. 1 was slightly better. The ending socked me in the FEELS in a way this one didn'...
  • Michael Finocchiaro
    Excellent continuation from the previous volume from the brilliant Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda. The menagerie of cats, lions, foxes and shark humanoids reminded me of the art in Blacksad. The story is still a little convoluted but nonetheless fascinating and engaging. Will Maika come to terms with her dual nature? The Isle of Bones was gorgeously illustrated and I loved the storyline. Only downside is that we have to wait a few more months for V...
  • David Schaafsma
    Update 7/22/18: Eisner Awards 2018, just announced: Monstress took best continuing series, best publication for teens, best painter/multimedia artist (for Takeda), best cover artist (again, for Takeda) and best writer (for Liu). Reread for summer 2018 summer comics class and enjoying it more this time.8/5/17: “Cats are the great mystery, born in that space where shadow meets light. . . that borderland of dreams and death, and death and life. No...
  • Fables&Wren
    WrensReads Review:I guess this is just way over my head. The art is phenomenal and the world seems legitmately awesome; but I just don’t know what the heck is going on the majority of the time and I am just looking at all the pretty pictures.Oh well, to each their own. I’m just going to go read things that make me smile and cry all at once and not make me feel like an idiot. WrensReads | Goodreads | Twitter | Instagram
  • Bentley ★
    If I was rating this on artistic style alone, this would get all the stars. Seriously, the illustrations in this are jaw-dropping and gorgeous, and should be enough for anyone to give this series a chance. The story elements are only slightly less impressive when placed in comparison. Clearly, the world-building and history of the land/lore is on point in this series, but I think the one thing that's weighing it down is the tendency to try and ac...
  • Trish
    I think I'm repeating myself when saying that I'm completely stunned, both by this graphic novel's story and the artwork. But it's true. The second volume is no different from the first - impeccable.The young Halfwolf travels further to find out what all her mother's actions MEAN, what is living inside of her and why. She is, once again, accompanied by the little fox girl and Ren (the necromancer cat). But we are introduced to new players as well...
  • Bradley
    A lot of people have raved about Monstress and I am no exception. From the brilliantly detailed and gorgeous artwork to the dark tale of a demon finding its way out of a girl who was born to carry it and destroy the world, I'm lost in my absolute-favorite iteration of dark fantasy.My only complaint is that I can't keep reading this forever. I want to jump ahead in the future and have in my hands 10 or 20 full volumes and not just two. I want to s...
  • Hannah
    This is, simply put, absolutely stunning story-telling, on all possible levels. There is a reason why Marjorie Liu won the Eisner Award this year (as the first woman, I might add incredulously in the year 2018).Picking up after the events of the last volume and not losing even the slightest bit of steam, Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda build on their already impressive worldbuilding, adding new cultures and more depth to this world that already feel...
  • Caro M.
    Sana Takeda, you're a GOD. The graphic part of this series is so absolutely gorgeous that it works like a portal to another world. At some point while reading you feel like you're immersed into Maika's world, which is beautiful, wild, unpredictable and cruel. One feels like participating in this wicked fairy tale. So fantastic and so real at the same time.That's why phrases like "are you fucking insane?" or many other f-bombs author likes to inse...
  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    Everything I have came from years of ruthless murder. Am I safe? No. But I love. I am loyal. And that is my redemption. Yet again, the art style murders me.And the plot has gotten even more complicated, although with less focus on Sophia and the humans. Maika is on the run in Thyria after destroying Constantine, looking for the people on the back of her photograph: her old nursemaid Catriona and an unknown child. For some reason, she's also attem...
  • Chad
    The closest thing I've read to a true illustrated fantasy novel. The art and story combine with Manga and Lovecraftian influences for a unique experience. I'm not sure how a book can look both ethereally beautiful and gut-wrenchingly bloody and awful at the same time. Reading this often feels like the first time I read Sandman back in the day, like we're in on something uniquely special that no one else has discovered yet.BTW, I love Kippa. At fi...
  • Kaitlin
    This is a long-awaited sequel for me as I adored the first volume in this world, and the second one was also brilliant. I feel like a lot of the unanswered questions raised by Vol. 1 get some expansion in this volume and although we're still left wondering a lot by the end, I feel more satisfied with the story too. The artwork of this is BEAUTIFUL. No other way to put it. I just love the details that are so intricate and well-considered from the ...
  • Celeste
    Full (mini) review now posted!Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.I enjoyed this installment even more than the first! It still provided the gorgeous artwork I had come to expect from the first installment, but I was more invested in the plot. Kippa, or Little Fox, remains my favorite character. She is adorable and loyal and intelligent and just the sweetest little thing ever. She far too precious for the world in which she lives. I love the character dev...
  • Acqua
    4.75 stars.This was even better than the first one. Mostly because we start to get some answers - some of them surprising, some of them I saw coming - but also because we get more insight in some of the side characters that were just named in the first volume.Now I can say with certainty that Moriko Halfwolf is just as scary as her daughter and she doesn't even need a kaiju inside to be like that, for example. Also, this volume introduced some ne...
  • Irene Sim
    Too much blood, too many cryptic conversations.... It took me a while to get into the story and still I can't say if I understood much of what was said or done. Nonetheless, the art is AMAZING, and I can always re-read to discover all the little details I missed the first time. It still surprises me how well this matriarchal society is built, how natural everything flows in the story in the absence of men.
  • daisy
    I adore this series. I thought the first volume was great, but this one was even better. The art is absolutely gorgeous and the character designs are some of the loveliest I've ever seen, quite possibly some of my all-time favourites. Honestly, every time I picked this up to read some more, it made me want to put it back down so I could draw. Art aside, though - the story is really starting to move along and pieces of the puzzle are starting to c...
  • Maria
    🙌🏽 Comic of the year. I NEED MORE.
  • Calista
    The pace is incredibly fast and I feel like I'm always trying to catch up. The world building is astounding - very creative. It feels like our main character is in a meat grinder - how can she survive. This is a groundbreaking comic I feel and people will be imitating this for decades to come. I can't say I relate to any of the characters and I don't really understand by the little fox girl sticks with Maika, or the cat. What holds them together?...
  • Tori (InToriLex)
    Find this and other Reviews at In Tori LexThis volume continues the adventures of a outcasts group fighting their way to answers and Maika continuing to be a Boss. We learn more about the gods who used to rule this universe and Maika's family. We get to visit the Isle of Bones which is immaculately described and full of surprises. Throughout this volume there are examples of characters showing sympathy and understanding towards beings who we woul...
  • Emily
    This series is GREAT. This volume is centered around Maika and her relationship with her mother, and the issues have more linear storylines that I found easier to follow. (It helps that a large part of this is set at sea on a pirate ship, complete with an Arcanic who looks like a shark.) I still have many questions, but I loved the introduction of the Sword of the East, the entire sequence on the Isle of Bones, and the art, which included this od...
  • Matthew Quann
    Ahoyyyyyy! We've got another humdinger of an instalment in Majorie Liu & Sana Takeda's Monstress series! I previously loved Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening, and was hopeful that the subsequent volume would continue the momentum gathered in the opening salvo of Maika Halfwolf's violent journey through a brilliantly realized, steampunk-infused, feminist fantasy world. Luckily, Monstress Vol. 2: The Blood not only continues the epic tale, but deepens t...
  • Iryna (Book and Sword)
    4.5/5 stars (rounded down)This second installment was, well, amazing. Now that I knew what the whole story was about I was able to cast my other expectations aside and just focus on it. And I was so pleasantly surprised. I didn’t want to put it down! I enjoyed the story flow in this one so much more. I feel like we got so much in regards of character development. The art was even more gorgeous, especially in settings of Dusk Court and The Bone ...
  • Renay
    Ugh, this comic is SO QUALITY. I love the depth to the worldbuilding and how there's so much going on that pretty much requires you to slow down and spend some time in this world with these characters. The writing is gutting, the art is superb, I cannot wait for the next volume. *__*
  • Connor
    [4.5 Stars]