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

by Marjorie M. Liu

Sana Takeda (Illustrator)

4.1 of 5 stars 20 ratings • 6 reviews • 37 shelved
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Monstress Vol. 1: Awakening (Monstress, #1)

by Marjorie M. Liu

Sana Takeda (Illustrator)

4.1 of 5 stars 20 ratings • 6 reviews • 37 shelved
  • ISBN10 1534300694
  • ISBN13 9781534300699
  • Publish Date 13 July 2016 (first published 2015)
  • Publish Status Active
  • Imprint Image Comics
  • Format eBook
  • Pages 208
  • Language English


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Sarah Says 2 of 5 stars
I’m not sure how to feel about this one. The art of dark, but beautiful. I can’t say that I liked it, or that I enjoyed reading it. But I couldn’t put it down and I do intend to read the next volume.

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This review was originally posted on The Bumbling Bookworm

I DNFed this graphic novel and I really didn't enjoy it.  I spent most of my time reading this confused about what was going on, who was on what side, and what they were fighting about, and this didn't change after reading 50%.  The illustrations were very well done, but that wasn't enough to keep me reading.  Also, the type of violence in this novel really grossed me out.  While I could've finished this rather quickly, I had no desire to keep reading it so I decided not to - DNF.
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Re-read 2019:
Upon re-read, my rating has stayed the same, but I pulled more from the story this time around. I was able to understand more context and immerse myself even further into the story. This volume is very info-dumpy but after reading 3 volumes, and a re-read, I was actually able to understand parts that I honestly didn't get the first go around. Definitely happy that I took the time to pick this series back up!

This was all kinds of epic.

MONSTRESS is a brilliantly told story that kept me completely entranced with art that brought all the creep factors of what I was reading to life. I'm not even remotely sorry at giving this 5 stars. It can have all the stars, every day of the week. I'm completely hooked.

Maika is my kind of hero. She's a product of her world in the best and worst ways, damaged, tragic, and I can't help but root for her and hope for best. Even if it seems pretty futile.

Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda did an incredible job at fleshing out Maika, the other characters, and this world. This volume stands on the shoulders of these two talented individuals as a terrifyingly beautiful piece of storytelling.

There are so many great comics out there, but this one should definitely not be overlooked. With this one volume, MONSTRESS surpassed all my expectations and has easily risen to the top as one of my favorite comics.

It has so much going for it, and I cannot wait to get the second volume and possibly trying to collect these as single issues, because I'm not sure if I can wait to continue this story.

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Chelsea 3 of 5 stars
This wasn't the best intro to a graphic novel that I've seen. I found that I was mostly confused and I honestly have no idea what happened during this first part. There was a lot of words thrown around that had no definition and I found myself mostly lost.

It wasn't a horrible story though, I might be tempted to pick up the next part but I'm not in any rush. I think the plot could have used some explaining at the beginning and I don't think we've even seen many character names yet. All we know is that our main character has some kind of power and isn't human. Even that I'm not 100% sure of.

So this was an ok intro, nothing special but the potential for the rest of the series could be great. We'll have to wait and see.