Monstress by Marjorie Liu
Series: Monstress #2
Published by Image Comics
Published on: July 5 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Graphic Novel
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The Eisner-nominated MONSTRESS is back! Maika, Kippa, and Ren journey to Thyria in search of answers to her past... and discover a new, terrible, threat. Collects MONSTRESS #7-12
The second collection of MONSTRESS is centered around Maika Halfwolf retracing her mother’s steps in an attempt to discover how to rid herself of the monster that lives inside of her.
Like that’s going to be possible. *rolls eyes*
The journey is interesting despite its pointlessness. We learn much about Maika’s family and meet her goddessfather, who is both a giant tiger and a pirate), and we see more of her glorious violence as third parties try to keep her from her goal.
There was something missing from this volume . . . Maybe several somethings. The art, while still beautiful at times, was somehow less overall. The story, while informative, lacked the heart that had previously punched me in the feels.
Then there was the was the vulgarity for the sake of . . . I don’t know . . . a splash of color? I’m not a prude, and I can even appreciate the creative use of four-letter words if it serves a purpose. But it didn’t. And that’s so boring.
I’m not ready to give up on MONSTRESS just yet though. We’ve already seen the greatness this team of author and artist are capable of, and the seeds planted for the future installments are promising—who is Maika’s father, and how did I never think the ask about him before? Why is that adorable fox child compelled to follow after a girl who might devour her one day? And those cats . . . What is their endgame?
Questions, I have them, so eagerly await vol. 3, I will. Recommended. Ish.
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