Monstress

Monstress

Volume One, Awakening

Book - 2016
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"Set in an alternate world of art deco beauty and steampunk horror, Monstress tells the epic story of Maika Halfwolf, a teenage survivor of a cataclysmic war between humans and their hated enemies, the Arcanics. In the face of oppression and terrible danger, Maika is both hunter and hunted, searching for answers about her mysterious past as those who seek to use her remain just one step behind... and all the while, the monster within begins to awaken..."--Page [4] of cover.
Publisher: Berkeley, CA : 2016. Image Comics, Inc.,
ISBN: 9781632157096
Branch Call Number: YF LIU
Additional Contributors: Takeda, Sana
Alternative Title: Awakening

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Monstress tells the epic story of Maika Halfwolf, a teenage survivor of a cataclysmic war between humans and their hated enemies, the Arcanics.

Harvey Book of the Year Award 2018

Set in an alternate world of art deco beauty and steampunk horror, Monstress tells the epic story of Maika Halfwolf, a teenage survivor of a cataclysmic war between humans and their hated enemies, the Arcanics. In the face of oppression and terrible danger, Maika is both hunter and hunted, search... Read More »


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Linyarai
Apr 02, 2019

I really enjoyed this one, the artwork was beautiful and the story was pretty easy to follow.

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Pietz4302
Aug 10, 2018

Pretty good. Has a drawing style similar to Avatar The Last Airbender. Pretty neat character designs and a decent story. Wouldn't put it in must read territory, but I enjoyed it.

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VPAL7
Aug 08, 2018

Marjorie M. Liu has won the Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story and I can certainly see why. The world she has built, and Sana Takeda has illustrated, is so rich and the characters are so compelling. It's a very dark story and quite violent, yet not gratuitously so. The illustrations are breath-taking in their detail and even the paneling is done in some creative ways. I was hooked from the beginning and I can't wait for the main character to find out more about her past!

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WoodneathLizzie
Jun 30, 2018

I'm very picky when it comes to graphic novels. So when I say that Monstress absolutely blew me away, know that I don't say that lightly. Not only is this story GORGEOUSLY illustrated, but the characters are fascinating and the central mystery fills me with the best kind of dread. Plus, I don't think I've ever seen any fantasy story - graphic or otherwise - that has as many multifaceted female characters as Monstress. One word of warning, though: there's some pretty graphic violence depicted here, so be prepared to see blood if you pick this one up.

DBRL_DanaB Mar 08, 2018

Without a doubt, one of the most beautiful graphic novels I've ever read. The art is stunning. And the setting: an alternate matriarchal 1900's Asia, in a richly imagined world of art deco-inflected steam punk, is truly unique.
I loved this book.

ReadingAdviser_Sally Nov 16, 2017

Beautiful art work. It was a little too much fantasy for me but for anyone who loves a dark fantasy this will be your favorite graphic novel without a doubt!

RobertELPL Aug 10, 2017

A gorgeously illustrated first volume in a new series. It begins in the aftermath of a huge event, so you always having this creeping sensation that you're missing information. But once you get more into the book details present themselves and you can't wait for a new piece to the puzzle. To me, it makes for good world-building. Also available on Hoopla.

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ArianaRayne
Jun 18, 2017

Beautiful artwork and good storytelling

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ALR14
Mar 05, 2017

Very cool blend of an alternate historical Asia, matriarchal societies, war, fantasy, diverse characters, beautiful art, and a really rich and complicated story. I'll admit I was lost at times, which did hinder my enjoyment of the storyline, but this was definitely a solid read, especially for a first volume.

KateHillier Feb 21, 2017

This is awesome. It's totally intense world building along with mind blowing artwork. This world is steampunky but also fantasy, and terrifying fantasy at that. We have the fallout from a war, a quest, a girl on the hunt, and the same girl who is also a monster. Possibly. It's really just an all around intensely awesome book and I can't wait for the rest

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RobertELPL Nov 17, 2016

RobertELPL thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

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mvkramer Oct 08, 2016

Violence: Both displayed and implied - torture, brutal murder, wartime atrocities, medical experimentation.

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