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Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening (Monstress #1)

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. Collects MONSTRESS #1-6...

Title : Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening (Monstress #1)
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ISBN : 9781632157096
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 192 pages
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Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening (Monstress #1) Reviews

  • Book Riot Community

    Even if this wasn’t an incredible piece of storytelling, the art alone in this graphic novel would have put it at the top of my list. Takeda’s steampunk art deco graphics are mind-meltingly beautiful and amazing. But Liu’s story of a girl in an alternate 1900s matriarchal Asia is worthy of such beauty. Maika is fighting the forces of darkness and evil (holy cats, such EVIL – this book definitely earns its ‘M’ rating) while also struggling with an actual monster inside her, whose agenda she hasn’ ...more

  • Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more

    5/3/18 - ON SALE for $3.99:

    Updated review:

    *giggle snorts*

    Rereading is often a humbling experience . . . I've been forced to admit that my memory isn't what it once was, and never is that more apparent then after a reread. *kicks aluminum can*

    I won't bore you with all the things I'd forgotten, but there were a few things that made a bigger impact this time around:

    (view spoiler)

    . . . The root of my desire . . . was to tell a story about what it means to be a survivor. A survivor, not just of a cataclysmic war, but of racial conflict and its antecedent: hatred. And to confront the question: how does one whom history has made a monster, escape her monstrosity? How does one overcome the monstrousness of others without succumbing to a rising monstrousness within?

    All I can say is, well done, lady. Well. Done.

    MONSTRESS by Marjorie M. Liu is the first collection (volumes 1 - 6) of her new graphic novel series that is part steampunk, part fantasy, and ALL awesome. Maika's struggle to control the monster inside her is inspiring to watch, b/c that's what it was: a struggle. But surrender is a concept she threatens to rip out of herself every time it whispers about the easier path, and as she slowly gains the upper hand, you can't help but sing "All I do is Win" under your breath, b/c she'd rather die than quit. Highly recommended.


  • Samantha

    Beautiful art, a unique world with gods, humans, and something in between, fearsome magic, political intrigue to rival any epic fantasy, a plethora of formidable female characters... oh.. and magical talking cats... what more could one possibly ask for?

    This series is setting up to be an epic masterpiece. There is a lot going on in this first volume, so I can't wait to re-read it and discover even more.

  • Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

    WINNER OF THE HUGO AWARDS 2017 for best Graphic Story

    Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening was... weird, but dark and pretty good?

    There's no hiding that the plot is convoluted... at best, and if there was such thing as a CONFUSING ALERT!, I would raise it instantly. Indeed Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening doesn't burden itself with simple details like chronological order and basic knowledge before throwing you in the meat of the (epic fantasy-like) action.

    Keyword being : HUH?!

    And then, there are these


  • Evelina | AvalinahsBooks

    What stunning artwork! A really short read, but I can't wait to see the next one. This part is like a short glimpse into a really mysterious and very different world, but so little is given, it leaves you wishing for more. You'll want to find out how this world works - why do these people look mostly like humans but are not? Why do the real humans dissect, torture and even eat these human-looking characters who talk? Why is the world almost solely made of women? What are the two-tailed talking c ...more

  • Hannah


    The second time around this was even more brilliant. Which is why I have upped the rating.

    Original review:

    That was pretty brilliant. I really enjoyed this book but it did take me while to find my bearing in the world created (and, to be perfectly honest, I think I will have to re-read this at some point to really get everything). The authors just trust their readers to stay with them and to be patient while the story unfolds, told partly in flashbacks and never completely.

    The art by Sana

  • destiny ☠ howling libraries

    In an 18th century Asia AU, a seventeen-year-old girl must learn to use the demon inside of her to help her survive a war that's been ongoing for far too long. The war wages between humans and immortals; magic users and those who wish to eradicate magic from the earth. Meanwhile, Maika simply wants to keep herself out of harm's way while seeking out the truth of her mysterious past and deceased mother.

    If I were to rate Monstress just on artwork and character design, it would be off the charts.

  • Anne

    If, prior to reading this, someone said to me, Wanna read a comic that's loosely classified as a Steampunk Fantasy?

    Well, I would have politely (and slowly) backed away from them while turning the offer down in no uncertain terms. I mean, is Steampunk even still a thing?

    I remember it was all the rage there for a while, and then it just seemed to peter out of vogue -kinda like sparkly vampires and shirtless werewolves.

    For those of you who may love and/or live this genre, please don