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Brief Review: Monstres, Vol. 1: Awakening, by Marjorie Liu

Posted by douggoodman on January 28, 2017 at 8:30 PM

Monstress, Volume 1: Awakening (Collected Editions)Monstress, Volume 1: Awakening by Marjorie M. Liu

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This one left me with a quandary. On the one hand, the visuals are some of the best I've seen. Sana Takeda's devotion to fully developed, exquisitely-detailed panels is deserving of every recognition she receives, and then some. I think I could spend an afternoon just perusing page to page of the art deco-meets-manga style. The story, on the other hand, while intriguing, was convoluted. I had a hard time getting through the book's story, and now that I've read it, I'm not sure I remember what I read. That's not to say it's bad. Just, be forewarned when you pick this one up.

Of course, none of this says what the book is about. And I don't feel ready to tell you what it is all about, but I will say it is the story of a young woman who may be the hero or villain. She has a Cthulhu-type god living inside her, and there are also kaiju. Maybe. There are witch-nuns, airships, unicorns, and three-tailed cats that quote poets. I know that doesn't give you much, but I think you will have to unlock this book for yourself if you want to know more.

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