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Series: Monstress Vol. 1   

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Annotation: Set in an alternate matriarchal 1900's Asia, in a richly imagined world of art deco-inflected steam punk, a teenage girl is struggling to survive the trauma of war, and 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. Contains Mature Material
Catalog Number: #137216
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Special Formats: Graphic Novel Graphic Novel Mature Content Mature Content
Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Publisher: Image Comics
Copyright Date: 2016
Edition Date: 2016
Illustrator: Takeda, Sana,, Wooton, Rus,
Pages: 192
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-632-15709-8 Perma-Bound: 0-605-96700-8
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-632-15709-6 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-96700-7
Dewey: Fic
Dimensions: 26 cm.
Language: English
Publishers Weekly
Lush, disturbing artwork by Takeda (Ms. Marvel) creates an atmosphere of chaos, oppression, magic, and dread in this fantasy tale. Writer Liu (Astonishing X-Men) spins an interesting if confusing yarn about a war between humans and animal-like Arcanics, centering around a young -chosen one--type Arcanic, Maika Halfwolf. Human witches imprison and chop up the bodies of their Arcanic enemies in secret to eat their life force, an act that includes the dismemberment of Arcanic children. Maika breaks free from her fate, only to find that she-s possessed by a demon hiding within her arm. Takeda-s visuals recall realistic, gritty manga such as Lone Wolf and Cub, with magic and monsters to rival those of Hayao Miyazaki-s films. The bleak worldbuilding will satisfy fans of grim but humanist SF and fantasy. The labyrinthine drawings enchant, but the convoluted storytelling and extreme violence may drive away more casual readers. (July)

School Library Journal
Gr 10 Up&12; In the aftermath of a terrible war, tension still exists between the humans and the animal-hybrids, Arcanics. Surviving Arcanics are sold as slaves by the Federation of Man and even experimented on by the Cumaea, powerful human witch-nuns who mine the precious life-giving Lilium produced from the bodies of captured Arcanics. Maika Halfwolf, a 17-year-old Arcanic, survived the war but at a devastating cost. Looking for revenge, she allows herself to be sold as a slave to infiltrate the Cumaean stronghold in Zamora. Once there, she uses her newly developed, terrible power to escape, free the captured Arcanics, and brutally attack the witch-nuns. She also steals a fragment of an ancient and powerful mask and murders a Cumaean elder who knows secrets from Maika's past. On the run from the Cumaea, the humans, and her own people, Maika must rely on herself and very few allies if she is to discover the secret of why her mother was murdered and, more important, who she is and what awful power she possesses. Collecting the first five issues of the popular comic, this is a beautifully written and complex book. Intricate and detailed, with a definite manga influence, Takeda's artwork creates a lush and dangerous world for Liu's equally dangerous characters. The work is infused with feminist themes; almost all of the characters are strong&12;and deadly&12;women. VERDICT Intended for mature audiences owing to the violence and nudity and filled with rage and barely contained fury, this is a book that will be wildly embraced by all fans of graphic literature.&12; Erik Knapp,Davis Library, Plano, TX
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School Library Journal (8/1/16)
Reading Level: 7.0
Interest Level: 9+

2018 Eisner Award winner, BestWriter 2018 Eisner Award winner, BestPainter/Multimedia Artist 2018 EisnerAward winner, Best Continuing Series 2018Eisner Award winner, Best Publication forTeens 2018 Eisner Award winner, Best CoverArtist 2018 Harvey Award winner, Book ofthe Year 2018 Hugo Award winner, BestGraphic Story 2018 British Fantasy Awardwinner, Best Comic/Graphic Novel 2018,2016, 2015 Entertainment Weekly's The Best Comic Books of theYear 2018, Newsweek's Best ComicBooks of the Year 2018, The WashingtonPost's 10 Best Graphic Novels of theYear 2018, Barnes & Noble's Best Booksof the Year 2018, YALSA's Great GraphicNovels for Teens 2018, Thrillist's Best Comics & Graphic Novels of theYear 2018, Powell's Best Science-Fiction,Fantasy, Horror, and Graphic Novels of theYear Set in an alternate matriarchal1900'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 thetrauma of war, and who shares a mysterious psychic link with a monster oftremendous power, a connection that will transform them both and make them thetarget of both human and otherworldlypowers. About theCreators: New York Times bestselling andaward-winning writer Marjorie Liu is best known for her fiction and comic books.She teaches comic book writing at MIT, and leads a class on Popular Fiction atthe Voices of Our Nation (VONA) workshop. Ms. Liu's extensive work includes thebestselling "Astonishing X-Men" for Marvel Comics, which featured the gaywedding of X-Man Northstar and was subsequently nominated for a GLAAD MediaAward for outstanding media images of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendercommunity. Prior to writing full-time, Liu was a lawyer. She currently residesin Boston. Sana Takeda is an illustrator andcomic book artist who was born in Niigata, and now resides in Tokyo, Japan. Atage 20 she started out as a 3D CGI designer for SEGA, a Japanese video gamecompany, and became a freelance artist when she was 25. She is still an artist,and has worked on titles such as "X-23" and "Ms. Marvel" for Marvel Comics, andis an illustrator for trading card games in Japan.

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