Monstress Vol. 4: The Chosen is a graphic novel that I practically counted down the days for, as the story and artwork are beyond compare. Written by Marjorie M. Liu and illustrated by Sana Takeda, this is one of the most memorable series out there, at least in my mind.
Last we saw, Maika and Corvin had lost sight of Kippa, through a series of tragic and fairly dark events. Now the group is fracturing, as each one learns more about themselves and the war that is heading their way. All thanks to the truths revealed.
The war is coming ever closer, with it on the verge of breaking out in some locations. Yet Maika still has yet to choose a side – to decide where her loyalties (and her powers) lie. Soon, time will run out for her to make that decision.
Monstress Vol. 4: The Chosen is a dark and complex read. Honestly, that doesn't even begin to cover it, if you ask me. It's harrowing and twisted on more than one occasion, and is dense enough where a second read through would certainly not hurt anyone.
Myself included. In fact, I think I'll be reading it for a third time before I dive into the five volume of this series. Just to make sure that I picked up on (and remember) every little, yet vital, detail snuck into the background.
The fantasy world of this series is still blowing me away – even after all of these years. It's a fantastic blend of magic, lore, and just a hint of steampunk. All of which weave together in brilliant fashion.
Let us not forget the artwork. I sincerely mean it when I say that Monstress is without a doubt the most stunning series I have ever read. Literally. Sana Takeda's work is breathtaking, and I don't think the series would be the same without it.
Just take a look at those covers! Where sometimes a series will have covers that deviate from the style within the pages, Monstress is not one of them. That level of complexity and detail is a constant on every single panel. It's so incredibly impressive. I actually bought a Monstress comic book box, because it's so darn pretty.
I cannot recommend Monstress enough to any potential fans out there. Though I will confess my bias here, as I adore Marjorie M. Liu's writing, and have for quite some time.
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2017 British Fantasy Award, Best
2018 Eisner Award
winner, Best Writer
2018 Eisner Award winner,
Best Painter/Multimedia Artist
2018 Eisner Award
winner, Best Continuing Series
2018 Eisner Award
winner, Best Publication for Teens
Award winner, Best Cover Artist
2018 Harvey Award
winner, Book of the Year
2018 Hugo Award winner,
Best Graphic Story
2018 Hugo Award Winner, Best
2018 British Fantasy Award
winner, Best Comic/Graphic Novel
2018, 2016, 2015
Entertainment Weekly's The Best Comic Books of the
2018, Newsweek's Best Comic Books of the
2018, The Washington Post's 10 Best Graphic
Novels of the Year
2018, Barnes & Noble's
Best Books of the Year
2018, YALSA's Great
Graphic Novels for Teens
2018, Thrillist's Best
Comics & Graphic Novels of the Year
Powell's Best Science-Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, and Graphic Novels of the
2019, Hugo Award
Maika and Corvin make their way
through a warped and lethal land in search of Kippa, who is faced with her own
terrible monsters. But when Maika comes face-to-face with a stranger from her
deep past, startling truths are uncovered, and at the center of it all lurks a
dangerous conspiracy that threatens the Known World. Maika is finally close to
getting all the answers she ever wanted, but at what price? With war on the
horizon-a war no one wants to stop-whose side will Maika choose? Collects