It has been such a long time since I last got my hands on a really good comic. And then I bought ‘Monstress’ – a fantastic story about fear and courage, about gods and humans and about those who are called the arcanic.
“Would you believe me, Tuya, if I told you I’m empty on the inside? Would that make it easier? I hunger, and I rage – and I tell myself there’s nothing else inside me. Memories don’t count. Not when they’re all like this.”
Written by Marjorie M. Liu, we step into a fantastical world which develops as one turns the pages. Inspired by Egyptian Culture and set in an alternate 1900’s Asia, this story seems to be a mixture of gory horror and steampunk and it all blends together beautifully.
Rich in details and imagination, the gorgeous illustrations by Sana Takeda breathe life into Marjorie Liu’s story. Dark colours of war, starvation and monsters mingle with golden dreams of strength and power and create a story unlike anything I’ve read so far. The world evolves with every turned page, and although it is a world building that takes time to uncover and understand, it is fascinating and more than exciting to dive into.
Author: Marjorie Liu, Sana Takeda
Title: Monstress, Vol. One: Awakening
Series: Monstress (#1)
Press: Image Comics
Year of publication: 2016