Title: Monstress (Volume 2)
Author: Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda
Type: Fiction, Comic Book/Graphic Novel, Adult
Genre: Fantasy, Horror
Publisher: Image Comics
Date published: July 11, 2017
Page Count: 144
An e-copy of this comic was kindly provided by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
Summary: 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
– MY REVIEW –
If you enjoyed the first volume of this comic series, you’ll definitely enjoy volume 2 as well! The quality of the art remained, and we were also shown Takeda’s skills regarding other elements this time around as well as a good part of the adventure in this volume takes place on the water (I didn’t even notice the hint on the cover in the form of a wave which reminds me a lot of the famous Japanese tsunami painting ((The Wave of Kanagawa))! I don’t know about you, but I absolutely love it when stories take place on ships, and on/around an ocean. Add in beautifully-illustrated sea creatures and I’m in heaven!
Being transported back into Liu and Takeda’s world again was absolutely great. I read Monstress Volume 1 last July and absolutely loved it (you can read my review here), and I’ve been waiting for the next volume (quite impatiently) ever since! If I didn’t make it clear enough already, I love Takeda’s art style. I also adore Liu’s storytelling skills, as well as her writing. It’s one thing to be a good storyteller (or maybe I should say story-creator or thinker-upper), and quite another to be able to effectively put these stories into words.
I found this volume to contain a little less horror than the first one, which was fine, because I kept reading the first volume at night and getting nightmares, haha. I’m a baby though, so don’t let that scare you off! The characters which we met in the first volume remained consistent in this part of the story (and I was very happy to see them again), and I also really liked a lot of the new characters which were added.
The pacing of the story was also perfect, with enough answers being given to some of the questions we were made to ask in the first volume. We are also left asking new questions by the end of volume 2, though, and I’m not sure if I can sane for another year of waiting for more Monstress! Highly recommended to those who have read the first volume, as well as those who are hearing about this comic for the first time. If you enjoy fantasy, humanoid creatures, politics, war, magic, and a dash of horror, this graphic novel is for you. I was pulled back into this story from the very first page due to Liu and Takeda’s joint efforts, and I’m so very glad that I requested this comic for review. I own the first volume, and will be purchasing the second volume as soon as I can justify it to myself!
– ABOUT THE AUTHOR –
Sana Takeda is an illustrator and comic book artist who was born in Niigata, and now resides in Tokyo, Japan. At age 20 she started out as a 3D CGI designer for SEGA, a Japanese video game company, and became a freelance artist when she was 25. She is still an artist, and has worked on titles such as “X-23” and “Ms. Marvel” for Marvel Comics, and is an illustrator for trading card games in Japan.
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