Monstress Book One
2018 Eisner Award winner, Best Writer2018 Eisner Award winner, Best Painter/Multimedia Artist2018 Eisner Award winner, Best Continuing Series2018 Eisner Award winner, Best Publication for Teens2018 Eisner Award winner, Best Cover Artist2018 Harvey Award winner, Book of the Year2018 Hugo Award winner, Best Graphic Story2018 British Fantasy Award winner, Best Comic/Graphic Novel2018, 2016, 2015 Entertainment Weekly's The Best Comic Books of the Year2018, Newsweek's Best Comic Books of the Year2018, The Washington Post's 10 Best Graphic Novels of the Year2018, Barnes & Noble's Best Books of the Year2018, YALSA's Great Graphic Novels for Teens2018, Thrillist's Best Comics & Graphic Novels of the Year2018, Powell's Best Science-Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, and Graphic Novels of the YearThe richly imagined world of MONSTRESS is an alternate matriarchal 1900s Asia, with an art deco-infused steampunk aesthetic that's brimming with arcane dangers. Within it, a teenage girl struggles to overcome the trauma of war, a task that's made all the more difficult by her mysterious psychic link to an eldritch monster of tremendous power--a connection that will transform them both, and place them in the crosshairs of both human and otherworldly powers.Creator/writer Marjorie Liu (who made history as the first woman to win an Eisner Award for Best Writer) and creator/artist Sana Takeda present a deluxe, oversized hardcover edition of their beloved breakout comic in MONSTRESS BOOK ONE. Collecting the first 18 issues of the New York Times bestselling series, this massive edition features a striking new cover, as well as special extras, including never-before-seen sketches, script pages, and more for over 500 pages of award-winning content.

Monstress Book One Details

TitleMonstress Book One
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 9th, 2019
PublisherImage Comics
ISBN-139781534312326
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Comics, Fantasy, Fiction

Monstress Book One Review

  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    January 1, 1970
    I just had to get this exclusive edition from Barnes & Noble! I sold my 1-3 paperback graphic novels since they are in this huge hardcover! Anyhoo! This is signed and has 3 sets of freaking postcards. Check it out! Fanfreakingtastic peeps!! Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
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  • Pop Bop
    January 1, 1970
    A Monster-sized Volume"Monstress" is one of the most talked about and most awarded series of the last four years, and for good reason. As the female centric response, of sorts, to phenoms like "Game of Thrones", (or, maybe even moreso, "Wheel of Time"), it is epic high fantasy at its finest. And all of that makes this Book a special treat.The first eighteen issues of "Monstress" have been collected and published in three separate volumes. But this book comprises all eighteen of those issues, whi A Monster-sized Volume"Monstress" is one of the most talked about and most awarded series of the last four years, and for good reason. As the female centric response, of sorts, to phenoms like "Game of Thrones", (or, maybe even moreso, "Wheel of Time"), it is epic high fantasy at its finest. And all of that makes this Book a special treat.The first eighteen issues of "Monstress" have been collected and published in three separate volumes. But this book comprises all eighteen of those issues, which means you can start here and bring yourself completely into and up to date on the "Monstress" tale. Starting with the Issue #19 that came out in January 2019 there's a new story arc out there, but this Book will give you a complete standalone understanding of the characters and the world that have caught readers' attention.I'd come across an issue of "Monstress" here and there, but never got into it because this isn't a series you can just drop in on, at least not for me. Happily, this Book gives you the opportunity to start at the beginning and really immerse yourself in the "Monstress" world. For what it's worth, in addition to a glossary at the end of the book, if you search "Monstress Wiki" you'll find a Fandom site that describes each character, the world background, and the overall plot and action of the series. I read the first hundred pages of this Book, then went to Fandom to firm up my understanding of who was who and what was going on, and that approach was very rewarding.Anyway, once you get into it, this is a real page turner. It's violent, the characters are merciless, the arcana is fascinating. While there's a lot of content the action is fast paced and the plot just screams along. There isn't much monologuing and almost no info dumps by the characters, (which is why the Fandom site is helpful for people who don't like being in the dark or missing details). You basically learn what you need to know more or less when you need to know it, and the author always plays fair when it comes to doling out info. (As a bonus, every few chapters there's a two page "lecture" from a Cat Professor, which provides very useful deep background info.)And make no mistake, this is epic fantasy. It's set in a big and layered world of magic and ancient power and witchcraft. Lots of secrets and mysteries from the past inform the present, and ancient entities walk the lands. Our heroine is young, with a complicated backstory, an uncertain future, an indeterminate quest, and lots of unresolved issues. Much has been made of the fact that all of the important characters are women, but heroes are heroes and if they come with subtext, all the better. Hey, there's a monstrous demon, a funny cat, at least five different races, and not one character wears a chain mail bikini. On top of that the art is wonderful. It's a bit art deco, but realistic. Characters and big action scenes are often exaggerated for effect, but not in a cartoony or Pow!, Wham!, sort of way. Lots of the big spreads could be framed and hung next to some Maxfield Parrish pieces, without looking at all out of place, (and not just because both have a lot of "girls on rocks"). There is great attention to detail in many of the interior scenes and the characters often look like they could just walk off the page. This is great stuff. So, hooray for this massive, loaded, and generous collection. Monstrous.(Please note that I had a chance to read a free ecopy of this book without a review requirement, or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)
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  • Am
    January 1, 1970
    Kippa! Oh my bob. I need more.
  • Drew
    January 1, 1970
    These books always caught my eye in the comic shop, and from time to time I would pick it up and flip through, admiring the art, thinking “what is this? Some kind of animal-hybrid thing where people talk about stuff and the art is really cool?”I don’t know how I managed to miss all of the violence and darkness in this book by flipping through individual issues. This book is amazingly dark, combining elements of Lovecraftian gods, kaiju, bloody gruesome war, and yes, animal people. This book coll These books always caught my eye in the comic shop, and from time to time I would pick it up and flip through, admiring the art, thinking “what is this? Some kind of animal-hybrid thing where people talk about stuff and the art is really cool?”I don’t know how I managed to miss all of the violence and darkness in this book by flipping through individual issues. This book is amazingly dark, combining elements of Lovecraftian gods, kaiju, bloody gruesome war, and yes, animal people. This book collected the first 18 issues and I would HIGHLY recommend it to anyone who thinks any of the above might be interesting. The artwork is phenomenal, too, and really stands out among modern comics. Once I got into this, I really liked it. I haven’t been so engrossed in a comic series in awhile.
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  • Gally
    January 1, 1970
    5/5 stars ~1/1 for plot1/1 for characters and character development1/1 for writing style/art1/1 for pace1/1 for world-buildingThe best art I've ever seen in a graphic novel, plus an intriguing story with a badass female and a unique, magical world!
  • Sophie
    January 1, 1970
    "I wanted a wolf tail. I wanted wolf claws and wolf teeth. Do you remember what you said? 'Little wolf, you have all those things. They are safe within you, where no one can take them. Sometimes, my darling, it's better to hide your teeth.'" If this isn't the next big budget/Hollywood fantasy hit, I'll eat my hat. (I don't wear hats, but! :P) I was interested in this for a while, since the art is gorgeous and reminds me of Final Fantasy illustrations, and I wasn't disappointed in the slightest. "I wanted a wolf tail. I wanted wolf claws and wolf teeth. Do you remember what you said? 'Little wolf, you have all those things. They are safe within you, where no one can take them. Sometimes, my darling, it's better to hide your teeth.'" If this isn't the next big budget/Hollywood fantasy hit, I'll eat my hat. (I don't wear hats, but! :P) I was interested in this for a while, since the art is gorgeous and reminds me of Final Fantasy illustrations, and I wasn't disappointed in the slightest. But the story is just as gorgeous, drawing on the author's experiences with her Chinese grandparents surviving war, but filtered through an eldritch, steampunk-esque lens. There's also LGBT rep, which is always great surprise, and a society that's matriarchal, instead of patriarchal. Maika's experiences are painful and painfully relatable for anyone who feels "monstrously" other. I can't wait to stay current on this series as it comes out!My only critique would be the dense lore/cast of characters that can get a bit confusing, but this is somewhat remedied with a glossary/maps at the back.
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  • Sara Q
    January 1, 1970
    Gorgeous!!
  • Laya
    January 1, 1970
    It’s amazing. I love that it’s a matriarchy without all of the stereotypes people associate with that word. I love the story and how it twists and turns and moves in ways you don’t expect. I love the cats, naturally. I can’t wait for Volume 4.
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  • Brian S
    January 1, 1970
    OVERALL RATING: 5 stars (9 out of 10)Art: 5 starsWriting Style/Quality: 5 starsPlot: 4 starsPacing: 4 starsCharacterization: 4 starsWorld Building: 5 stars
  • Anneliese
    January 1, 1970
    I thought that it was a really interesting story with beautiful art. My biggest problem was that there was a lot of information about the world and how everything in it worked and I got confused at times. I found that because it was so complex and in depth that I had a little bit of an information over load and had to reread things to fully understand them in the context of this world. The art style in this is more intricate that most graphic novels that I have seen before. I found it gorgeous a I thought that it was a really interesting story with beautiful art. My biggest problem was that there was a lot of information about the world and how everything in it worked and I got confused at times. I found that because it was so complex and in depth that I had a little bit of an information over load and had to reread things to fully understand them in the context of this world. The art style in this is more intricate that most graphic novels that I have seen before. I found it gorgeous and am astounded that they have made so many pages. I also found it cool to see someone who is missing part of their limb still be a kick butt fighting character even if her experience doesn’t relate to the real world. It is refreshing to see the representation in a fantastic world.
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  • Michael
    January 1, 1970
    This graphic novel series is the best while I was reading the bind up of volumes 1-3 I could not put it down I was at the edge of my seat. I loved the characters, the world building, the antagonists, the plot twists and above all the monsters. I wish I had volume 4 in my hands right now!!😢
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  • Paul Cline
    January 1, 1970
    Beautifully drawn and imagined world following the path of an escaped slave refugee trying to find our who she really is.
  • All is on books
    January 1, 1970
    I loved the art just not the story. The art gets 5 stars.
  • Relstuart
    January 1, 1970
    Very much enjoyed this one. High fantasy with an engaging story and great art.
  • Roxanna
    January 1, 1970
    Best comic book I've read until now!!!Great story and amazing art. I loved it. Can't wait for book 2!!!
  • Mark
    January 1, 1970
    DPL hoopla. Previously read #1-6 and #7-12. This is #1-18 with more to come.
  • Samaga
    January 1, 1970
    This book was totally awesome.
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