Monstress, Vol. 4 by Marjorie M. Liu

Monstress, Vol. 4

Maika and Corvin make their way through a warped and lethal land in search of Kippa, who is faced with her own terrible monsters. But when Maika comes face-to-face with a stranger from her deep past, startling truths are uncovered, and at the center of it all lurks a dangerous conspiracy that threatens the Known World. Maika is finally close to getting all the answers she ever wanted, but at what price? With war on the horizon-a war no one wants ...

Details Monstress, Vol. 4

TitleMonstress, Vol. 4
Release DateOct 1st, 2019
PublisherImage Comics
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Fantasy, Comics, Horror, Fiction, Graphic Novels Comics

Reviews Monstress, Vol. 4

  • Bradley
    I felt a desire to pull out my first three volumes of this graphic novel and re-read them.Not only the artwork was there to be enjoyed, but the nicely deep storyline that keeps evolving in sometimes complicated but oftentimes traditional and satisfying ways reminiscent of some of the best mangas. But no. This is not a manga. It's lush, with lines very much unlike manga, but very reminiscent of it in the tentacles and oddities and mind-blowing dep...
  • David Schaafsma
    The first thing to say about Monstress is that the award-winning artwork of Sana Takeda is as usual breath-taking. This is sweeping fantasy with myriad characters (some favorites are cats and foxes) and factions, sometimes with a touch of horror, sometimes involving ultra-violence and featuring mostly women, almost all of them gorgeous and many of them evil. There is deep mythology, complex politics, goddesses, ancients, monsters. I still really ...
  • Trish
    As I suspected from volume 1 on, the author is playing the long game.In this 4th volume, Maika and Kippa are in different places, Maika is trying to find Kippa with the help of Corvin while Kippa was taken by forces working for the mysterious "Doctor", who turns out to be none other than Maika's father (not much of a spoiler, don't worry)!Moreover, the Dusk and Dawn Courts have been united by marriage and all sides are gearing up for war ... not ...
  • Manisha
    Actual review: 4.5The artwork is just as stunning as it has ever been. I have noticed, in other graphic novels, how the art suffers with each new book, so I’m glad to see that that hasn’t happened in this series. The art has lovely texture and creativity that cannot be seen in any other graphic novel, which makes the art and the world unique to this story. Besides the artwork, I found this edition easier to follow than the previous one. The s...
  • Silvana
    Just when I thought it could not be even more complicated. I enjoyed the previous installments better.It is easy to get lost among characters, especially factions, even though we have visuals. There were new characters (and a new faction) but the worldbuilding felt a bit forced/prolonged. I did enjoy Kippa's adventure (though some images were quite nightmare-inducing) and Ren's storyline. The rest - if not because of the fantastic visuals - are j...
  • Cathy
    Good story, although quite often confusing. Complicated, far reaching, complex. Consistently above average artwork. Recommended, this comic still delivers.My weird non-review, written down along the way:Chapter 19–confusing beginning, creepy ending, very nice artwork.Chapter 20–still confusing. Kippa‘s storyline is good so far.Chapter 21–huh?Chapter 22–underground, good stuff! Dragons! Good chapter! The plot is moving in a meaningful wa...
  • Amanda
    Things got complicated (and somewhat confusing) for our characters in this installment. I liked this one but not quite as much as the previous ones. The artwork continues to be stunning and I will definitely be continuing on.
  • Ashley
    Star Rating: —> 5 STARSSO EFFING BEAUTIFUL! Such an intriguing plot! I cant get enough of moriko halfwolf, kippa, ren, etc...This story gets more and more interesting with every vol. i tried to read it as slow as humanly possible, like little bit heeeere... little bit there.... haha but it didn’t work so well; i still finished it in 3 days time, no matter how many moments, other books, whatever in between Star Rating: —> 5 STARSSO EFFING ...
  • Taylor
    Another great installment!! I honestly have no idea where these next volumes are going to go, but I can’t wait.
  • Jerrie (redwritinghood)
    Stunning art, as usual, for this one. The story is complex and was a little hard to follow in this issue. I got the feeling that mainly the characters are being positioned for the next installment. Good to see more of Kippa’s backstory in this one. 3.5 Stunning art, as usual, for this one. The story is complex and was a little hard to follow in this issue. I got the feeling that mainly the characters are being positioned for the next installm...
  • Chris Lemmerman
    After the previous volume's high octane action, Monstress takes a slower approach for the next six issues as Maika meets her father and begins to uncover more of the mystery surrounding the Shaman-Empress and the Monstrum, while Kippa slowly comes into her own.Political maneuvering is the name of the game, with a lot of talking going on and not a lot of progression. Some of it is important exposition, and I expect the rest of it will have far mor...
  • Fafa's Book Corner
    Mini review:Trigger warning: Pretty much everything.DNFI've read all the previous installments, so I was really excited to read this volume! Unfortunately I was utterly disappointed. I've felt that the series has been declining a bit. I was really hoping that this volume would make the wait worth it. Alas it didn't.But you know what? Half truths and mind games can only keep a plot going on for so long. And this was the limit.I don't recommend.
  • Konstantin
    My average rating for the issues of this installment lands around 3.0, but it simply doesn't feel like a 3-star book to me - even less so when I take into the account that it is the exact same rating I gave to the first volume, which is in an entirely different league than this one.Overall, a slim, unengaging, small-scoped, low-staked - and yes, boring - volume. Personally, it felt like the weakest one in the series by far. If the authors choose ...
  • Sahitya
    I’m going for a 3.5 again.As always, the art style tends to be one of the best I’ve ever seen - intricate, detailed and excellent color scheme. This book also had some new monsters and machines and I thought they were all illustrated beautifully.I still won’t talk much about the plot because I can only follow it barely. But everyone is preparing for war and we have new players in the field, and I think we are heading towards some explosive ...
  • rosamund
    A lot of things that sold me on these comics remain strong: the fiery and unapologetically ruthless female lead; the evocative and original art; the detailed and imaginative world-building. However, in some ways I find the story is so complex that it doesn't actually lend itself to the graphic form: it's constantly a challenge to figure out what's happening and who is who. I feel like I need to take notes! That being said, I enjoyed this volume, ...
  • Errin
    3.5 stars! Hmm.. its a transition book. Necessary but not the most exciting. I loved all of Kippa's solo adventure! And Maika breaking down completely. (view spoiler)[And of course, when they reunited (hide spoiler)] I'm rooting so hard for Maika's humanity and even Zinn. We're left with even more questions and loose threads with this one. Who was that on the phone? What does Vihn want? When will Maika find out about the Baroness? (view spoiler)[...
  • Michelle Kenneth -
    I love this series. I am an absolute addict and can't wait for the next volume in this series. In this volume, the focus is on Maika's father, aka the Doctor. He is the reason behind Kippa's kidnapping. His goal is to bring Kippa to him in order to lure Maika to him. But Kippa, always feisty that little fox pup, manages to escape by jumping down a large hole where she encounters a Dracul, another god hiding away.Kippa always amazes me how wise sh...
  • Bridgette
    This series gets better and better. There was so many answers in this volume, but there are just as many new questions. The artwork, as always, is astounding. Kippa nearly broke me, and I'm so excited to see what happens with her. I do wish there was a summary of sorts at the beginning of what happened in the previous volume and almost a cast of characters like a play has to help keep track of everyone and who is allied with whom and who hates wh...
  • Marta
    “He is not my father.”“So said every unhappy daughter.”I love this series - despite my dislike of horror. The art is astonishing, the story is complex, the characters are all bad but sometimes they are good, too. You never know what to expect. Gorgeous and very evil women everywhere - many not human. There is deep mythology, complex politics, spying, blood lines, godesses, ancients, monsters...We meet Maika’s father - and he is a piece ...
  • Devann
    As with volume 3, I love it but have very little idea what is actually going on. And it's even worse this time because apparently it's been over a YEAR since the last volume came out? Are they publishing an issue every other month? What an awful plan. Anyway, still some good stuff here and it's interesting to meet Maika's father and get some insight into him, although of course it comes with more confusing double crosses and a different side in t...
  • Shannon
    I continue to enjoy this series, but it had been a while since I had read this one so wasn't quite sure where we left off. This one was a bit more telling than showing, which isn't a fave given the visual medium but it's so freaking beautiful that I don't mind one bit.I wasn't a fan of the father character (view spoiler)[and I know you aren't supposed to be (hide spoiler)], mostly as the world has been almost exclusively women up to this point, I...
  • Josh
    This team of creators continues to produce one of the most intricate, beautiful, unsettling, rich comics I've ever encountered. With with machinations and worldbuilding to match any fantasy novel, "The Chosen" sees the world reeling from disaster and poised on the brink of chaos. The factions are forming, lines are being drawn, and there are few left in the world who believe that peace is still possible. There are moments of difficulty in reading...
  • Ben
    Yet another fantastic installment in this exceptional series!
  • Sara Jovanovic
    Weakest volume so far, although I still read it in one sitting. I'm just curious about when does the next one come out, the wait for this series is endless.
  • Melanie
    I loved the Kippa storyline!
  • rosalind williamson
    this series always leaves me a little confused but the art is wildly gorgeous and the plot is cool. a bit less action and more exposition/worldbuilding in this volume, which is fine by me; worldbuilding is always like, the first five things in my top ten list of what i love about sff. and it’s nice to take a breather from the ultraviolence—the art is so vivid that this series’s graphic imagery can be a bit overwhelming.
  • Ryan
    Really enjoying this series and volume, and excited to see what happens after the blowing up of the holy city of Atrum and the ever impending war between the human federation and Arcanum courts. I enjoyed learning more about Malika Halfwolfs monstrum, and also the little foxes innate Arcanic ability developing, especially as it allows for her to see “people’s” true forms. For a comic series the level of world building and lore is extensive ...
  • Shannon
    Individual issue reviews: #19 | #20 | #21 | #22 | #23 | #24Current review score: 3.5
  • Jamie Connolly
    Certainly one of the most beautiful books out there. Also the scope of the story is as massive as the number of characters. The characters are also very different and consistent. It's a big undertaking with a lot of backstory and mythology. Probably one of the best books around. Also I got Marjorie Liu and Sana takeda to sign my books at nycc this weekend. I accidentally cut the line and Marjorie gave me a dirty look. She's pretty hot actually. S...