Series: Monstress, #1
Author: Marjorie M. Liu
Genre: Horror, Fantasy
Publisher: Image Comics
Release Date: July 19th, 2016
Format: Graphic Novel
Length: 202 pages
Source: Borrowed from my local library
Set in an alternate matriarchal 1900’s Asia, in a richly imagined world of art deco-inflected steam punk, MONSTRESS tells the story of a teenage girl who is struggling to survive the trauma of war, and who shares a mysterious psychic link with a monster of tremendous power, a connection that will transform them both and make them the target of both human and otherworldly powers.
I think it may have been Misty from The Book Rat who first put Monstress on my radar. This graphic novel is lovely, dark, and deep- but not for the faint of heart. The story is a bit of political intrigue, a bit of dark mythos, a bit of racial intolerance warfare, and a bit of outright magic. The setting is fantastical with some steampunk elements. The art is gorgeous- rich colors, high level of detail, beautiful themes. And that also means the gory bits are super gory. And the disturbing stuff (which isn’t visual so much as plot) is visceral.
It was a fast read for me, because I was so enthralled with the story and the totally unlikeable MC and the totally fantastic supporting cast. The mystery just gets deeper and deeper as you go. But there were times I had to step back and ‘woah’, because the evil is also very, very evil.
Overall, I recommend it for fans of graphic novels that are fantastical, but who don’t mind straight up horror elements.