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Monstress Volume 2: The Blood Paperback – July 11, 2017
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Marjorie Liu has done an admirable job in building a beautiful fantasy world with a well thought out history, wondrous places, and many different factions. At the end of each volume is a map that one can (needs to) refer to in order to understand the locations and sides. The artwork is meticulously and lushly rendered. My only ding on this (from 5 to 4.5 stars) is that there are so many different factions within the various alliances that have been introduced quite quickly that one can't process all of it accurately and deeply during the first reading. That may be an unfair hit though, as many of the great fantasy worlds are great because multiple readings/viewings enhance and enrich the experience.
Liu's work is dominated by female characters, but it isn't a political or social commentary on life in the 21st century. It is just a wonderful story that happens to have strong female leads. This is most welcome. Marvel comics, in particular, has been accused by some as pushing diversity for sales/diversity sake. Having more diverse characters is a good thing, but even more important is having quality stories. I brought this up to Junot Diaz, a friend of Ms. Liu's (fellow current Bostonian and also winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize), at an event at a local college last year. Mr. Diaz replied to the effect (I'm paraphrasing), "Part of the privilege white people enjoy is the ability to produce crap and keep doing it. When minorities produce crap, they don't get a second chance. In order to have quality work, we need to sift through a lot of crap."
Ms. Liu's work is outstanding. Some will look at it as the work of a female or minority writer, while others will say it is the work of a comic writer. Regardless of your political/social leanings, you will probably find that you appreciate the dialogue, enjoy the well-rounded and complex characters, admire the art, and are kept interested in the intricate and progressive plot. This is probably the fictional comic of the moment, more so than other great contemporaries such as Saga, Injection or Manifest Destiny.
After finding a strange bone key in her mother’s room, Maika decide to journey to a deadly island to try to find out more about her past. While there Maika does find out a lot more about the monster inside her and during the journey she meets a new villain even more monstrous than she is.
I can’t praise the illustration of this graphic novel enough. The whole thing is absolutely stunning with muted colors and absolutely amazing detail both in the characters and in the backgrounds. It is just artistically amazing.
The characters are incredibly interesting and filled out as well, and not just Maika, many of the side characters are wonderfully intriguing. Additionally the world-building is very well done. This is an amazingly complex fantasy world that I am dying to learn more about.
This is a graphic novel for older readers; there’s quite a bit of graphic violence and language.
Overall this is one of those rare graphic novels that has is all: beautiful artwork, detailed world-building, amazing characters, and a wonderful story. I would recommend to mature readers who enjoy fantasy graphic novels. I definitely plan on continuing this series; it is one of my favorite graphic novel series right now.
Image Comics allowed me to read this book for review (thank you). It has been published and you can get a copy now.
Sana Taleda did the artwork and that alone makes it worth the price of the book. The illustrations are luscious (even the graphic death scenes) and it adds to the story line.
Maika is determined to find out why she's part monster and just exactly who she is. What she finds out is that everyone is after her and none of them want her alive.
This is a fantasy story that goes beyond the earth. There are gods, creatures of the sea, witches, cat and fox people and more in the story. She visits a forbidden island and sees more people die. Yet she keeps searching. The worst part is the closer she gets to the answer, the more questions she has and the more danger she faces.
This is a haunting read that stays with you after you've finished the book...