Monstress, Vol. 3 (Monstress, #3)
Maika has spent most of her life learning how to fight, but how will she fare when the only way to save her life...is to make friends?Collects issues 13-18 of the Hugo Award and British Fantasy Award series.

Monstress, Vol. 3 (Monstress, #3) Details

TitleMonstress, Vol. 3 (Monstress, #3)
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 11th, 2018
PublisherImage Comics
ISBN-139781534306912
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GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Comics, Fantasy, Graphic Novels Comics

Monstress, Vol. 3 (Monstress, #3) Review

  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    Vol. 1: Awakening ★★★★★Vol. 2: The Blood ★★★★★Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Youtube | Twitch
  • Manisha
    January 1, 1970
    Actual review: 3.5There's something wrong when I love the artwork more than the story. The artwork is absolutely gorgeous! It is the best I've seen in graphic novels. It's intricate, delicate, with a lot of detail. The story, however, lacks a good background for understanding. Recently, I've found myself disappointed in graphic novels with a high fantasy story, and it could be that it's a format that doesn't work for me. There is just something lacking in reading a high fantasy story in this for Actual review: 3.5There's something wrong when I love the artwork more than the story. The artwork is absolutely gorgeous! It is the best I've seen in graphic novels. It's intricate, delicate, with a lot of detail. The story, however, lacks a good background for understanding. Recently, I've found myself disappointed in graphic novels with a high fantasy story, and it could be that it's a format that doesn't work for me. There is just something lacking in reading a high fantasy story in this format. Usually, it's the world building. In this case, because the artwork is detailed, I think the character backgrounds, their histories and motivations are a bit lacking. We are thrust into this action-packed fight at the beginning of the series and now it has waned to include new players with their own motivations. The story has become confusing with too many new elements thrown in and not enough answers. I hope the next edition is better. And let us not forget how adorable Kippa is.
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  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    January 1, 1970
    if you need a refresher on the plot of this series, I would totally recommend reading Melanie's two fantastically detailed wrap-ups!
  • Devann
    January 1, 1970
    This series is amazing and I still love it dearly, but it's just getting to the point where I often have no idea what is going on and I'm not sure if that's on me or the author [or maybe a bit of both]. And there's a thing in the front of each volume that has character descriptions but it's of the characters that you DEFINITELY already know who they are [Maika, Ren, etc] whereas I'm trying to remember all these 500 side characters who all look vaguely alike and are all apparently up to something This series is amazing and I still love it dearly, but it's just getting to the point where I often have no idea what is going on and I'm not sure if that's on me or the author [or maybe a bit of both]. And there's a thing in the front of each volume that has character descriptions but it's of the characters that you DEFINITELY already know who they are [Maika, Ren, etc] whereas I'm trying to remember all these 500 side characters who all look vaguely alike and are all apparently up to something sinister. I still love the world and the art and just Maika as a character in general, but I'm starting to lose the thread of the overall plot so I hope it becomes more coherent soon. I think many comic writers lose sight of the fact that often their readers haven't picked up a title in over 6 months [since the last volume] so they kind of need a bit of a refresher a lot of the time.
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  • Ewa
    January 1, 1970
    To quote the poets... holy fucking shit...
  • daisy
    January 1, 1970
    THAT COVER ART!I'm so, so excited for this - pre-ordered my copy last week, August can't get here fast enough tbh!!
  • Chris Lemmerman
    January 1, 1970
    [Read as single issues]After the climactic events of Volume 2, Maika and Kippa are on the run. With aid from her mother’s friends, who just so happen to be pirates/smugglers, they flee to an island where they hope to be safe from all of the enemy forces vying for control of the Monstrum inside Maika and the magic in her blood. Unfortunately, the protective shield that surrounds the island is broken, and only a descendant of the Shaman-Empress will be able to restore it. Monstress has always been [Read as single issues]After the climactic events of Volume 2, Maika and Kippa are on the run. With aid from her mother’s friends, who just so happen to be pirates/smugglers, they flee to an island where they hope to be safe from all of the enemy forces vying for control of the Monstrum inside Maika and the magic in her blood. Unfortunately, the protective shield that surrounds the island is broken, and only a descendant of the Shaman-Empress will be able to restore it. Monstress has always been a very dense, sometimes impenetrable book to read, but this arc finally begins to shed some light on what’s going on. We get a name for the Monstrum, we get the connections between Maika and the Shaman-Empress confirmed, and we get some tantalizing flashbacks that offer some new information while posing some new questions along the way. It’s satisfying drip-feeding, so those who were beginning to drop off will likely sit back up and take notice again, while those of us who have been waiting patiently are rewarded for it. Maika and co. are in a very different position by the end of this arc, even if they haven’t moved very far geographically.It’s taken a while, but Kippa’s managed to find a plotline of her own as well, which is nice. She and Master Ren have their own agendas to pursue while Maika and Zinn are trying to restore the shield, and it’s good to see them get some agency outside of the main characters. Kippa especially has seemed a bit superfluous so far, despite being cute and someone for Maika to bounce off of, so hopefully this arc will represent a turning point for her, while Ren’s deceit finally comes to light just as he decides to stop deceiving people, which is typical storytelling timing. We all know Maika isn’t particularly forgiving, so that might be a problem going forward.One constant in this series is the absolute beauty of Sana Takeda’s artwork; she manages to turn out gorgeously ornate backgrounds to go with the action in the foreground, and the insanity that bleeds into some of the characters in this arc is terrifying to behold on the page. This arc also gives her the opportunity to tackle some giant robots as well as even more Monstrum, so I feel like she and Maika both get to let loose a bit in this arc. She never loses the quality that she’s given us so far though, no matter how crazy things get; I do like that Image let their books have these staggered release schedules, I think it really allows the creators the time to make their books the best that they can be.Monstress’ third arc finally begins to shed some light on the peculiar history surrounding our characters, as well as bringing different characters into the spotlight and also finding time for some huge monster battles along the way. Monstress may be difficult to follow at times, but perseverance is the name of the game when you get arcs like this.
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  • Václav
    January 1, 1970
    I wish for a lot of things in my life. And now I wish for this would be the last issue of the Monstress. The story feels more like voraciously mixing and shaking it up than expanding the lore and its liveliness, meticulously following both main and sidelines. The art is getting sketchier and sloppier like Takeda's getting more depleted or something. The first half is quite okay, getting know more of Zinn and old gods. But it gets more and more as I described earlier. I wish Liu won't be blinded I wish for a lot of things in my life. And now I wish for this would be the last issue of the Monstress. The story feels more like voraciously mixing and shaking it up than expanding the lore and its liveliness, meticulously following both main and sidelines. The art is getting sketchier and sloppier like Takeda's getting more depleted or something. The first half is quite okay, getting know more of Zinn and old gods. But it gets more and more as I described earlier. I wish Liu won't be blinded with all that cheap Eisners raining down on her and will end it with the fourth book. I really do.
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  • rachel • typed truths
    January 1, 1970
    Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening ★★★★☆Monstress, Vol. 2: The Blood ★★★☆ Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening ★★★★☆Monstress, Vol. 2: The Blood ★★★½☆
  • Erica McGillivray
    January 1, 1970
    This book continues to be my favorite on-going comic series.
  • Ed
    January 1, 1970
    I adored the first volume of Monstress but ever since then it’s gotten increasingly confusing and less enjoyable. The art is still gorgeous though.
  • Mitticus
    January 1, 1970
    Pre-reviewEn la ciudad de Portus, donde hay un viejo escudo que la protege , parten en busca de respuestas y nuevas pistas del Monstrum Maika Halfwolf, Kippa y Ren. Todos quieren hacer uso de esta arma para terminar con su oponente en una guerra de facciones amargadas por las pérdidas de la guerra y deseosos de prevalecer en medio del caos y seres milenarios.-Monstress issue 13 ☆ ☆ ☆ here-Monstress issue 14 ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ here-Monstress issue 15 ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆here-Monstress issue 16 hereMonstress issue 17 her Pre-reviewEn la ciudad de Portus, donde hay un viejo escudo que la protege , parten en busca de respuestas y nuevas pistas del Monstrum Maika Halfwolf, Kippa y Ren. Todos quieren hacer uso de esta arma para terminar con su oponente en una guerra de facciones amargadas por las pérdidas de la guerra y deseosos de prevalecer en medio del caos y seres milenarios.-Monstress issue 13 ☆ ☆ ☆ here-Monstress issue 14 ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ here-Monstress issue 15 ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆here-Monstress issue 16 hereMonstress issue 17 here
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  • Shannon
    January 1, 1970
    Individual issue reviews: #13 | #14 | #15 | #16 | #17 | #18Current review score: 3.5
  • Sean Curley
    January 1, 1970
    Marjorie Liu's Monstress saga continues, a world that has all the complexity of Tolkien's Middle Earth or Martin's Westeros, but doled out in monthly illustrated installments. Which is to say, it's a complicated, and sometimes confusing reading experience, as I find myself at times struggling to keep track of who supporting characters are, whether we've met them before, and what everyone's agenda is. This is not a series that recommends itself to being read issue-by-issue; the trade paperback fo Marjorie Liu's Monstress saga continues, a world that has all the complexity of Tolkien's Middle Earth or Martin's Westeros, but doled out in monthly illustrated installments. Which is to say, it's a complicated, and sometimes confusing reading experience, as I find myself at times struggling to keep track of who supporting characters are, whether we've met them before, and what everyone's agenda is. This is not a series that recommends itself to being read issue-by-issue; the trade paperback format is probably the minimal threshold for truly appreciating it. "Haven", the third story arc, is less concerned with the internal dimensions of the arrangement between Maika and Zinn, which is a change of pace. We also begin to get more of a picture of how the various political actors circling our heroine are planning to deal with her or otherwise advance their own designs. Sana Takeda's art is essential to the mood of the series, though I confess that at times I find it a bit too murky in action sequences to optimally convey what's happening.
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  • dipandjelly
    January 1, 1970
    'the hunger is a gift, child. it is a gift.'* THAT ARC WITH ZINN ZINN'S DIALOGUESTHE ARCANICSTHE ANCIENTSTHAT ENDING WITH THE FIRST CHILD????THE ARTTHE DIALOGUEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA*im going to have to get a hardcopy of the first three volumes before i can even begin writing a review that isn't incoherent fangirling but OH MY GOD I CANT WAIT FOR VOLUME 4
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  • Lionel
    January 1, 1970
    I love the art as much as I get confused by the story. Quite not sure i'll pick up the fourth volume
  • Isabel
    January 1, 1970
    This is the third and last (to the moment) released... Oh, my I just love it!!
  • Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
    January 1, 1970
    Nothing will top the first volume but I'll continue reading.
  • Maria Maier
    January 1, 1970
    I liked the first half more than the second, but only because I think more plot arcs should have been wrapped up by the end. This volume of Monstress leaves us with more questions than answers, unlike Volumes 1 and even 2. This is partly due to the nature of the comic medium; Monstress is best read in large chunks, but I wish the slow-paced nature of the story paid off more evenly across volumes.
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