“This fantasy epic brilliantly peels back questions of humanity and friendship set against the perils of war and racism, all illustrated in a style that nods to East and West.”
Featured in Washington Post’s Best Graphic Novels of 2018.
Monstress is an epic fantasy graphic book series authored by Marjorie Liu and illustrator by Sana Takeda that is set in a matriarchal world in 1900’s Asia and tells the story of a seventeen-year-old girl named Maika Half-wolf who shares a strange supernatural link with a powerful monster.
A war between the Arcanics and the Cumaean serves as the background to the story, the epic fantasy comics book’s protagonist Maika is an Arcanic who has lost her left arm and a demon from the Old Ones of lore emerges from its stub every once in a while. During the demon’s emergence from the stub of her arm, Maika’s mind and body are taken over by the demon that gives immense power to the teenage girl but is also very difficult to comprehend and take rein of it. Maika goes on a journey to find out what happened to her mother and when she learned about her demise, she decides to avenge her death. Maika needs to depend on herself and her handful of friends if she wants to know the reason for the murder of her mother as well as the knowledge of herself and the power she has in possession.
Monstress is a landmark book tailored for diehard fans of graphic literature and Japanese manga, and it has won British Fantasy Award’s Best Comic / Graphic Novel; Eisner Awards’ Best Continuing Series, Best Publication for Teens (ages 13-17), Best Writer award, Best Painter award, and Best Cover Artist. The book received favorable reviews from The Rainbow Hub, Kirkus Reviews, Cosmopolitan, and Hypable.