Monstress Volume 1: Awakening

Monstress Volume 1: Awakening

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2018 Eisner Award winner, Best
2018 Eisner Award winner, Best
Painter/Multimedia Artist
2018 Eisner
Award winner, Best Continuing Series
Eisner Award winner, Best Publication for
2018 Eisner Award winner, Best Cover
2018 Harvey Award winner, Book of
the Year
2018 Hugo Award winner, Best
Graphic Story
2018 British Fantasy Award
winner, Best Comic/Graphic Novel
2016, 2015 Entertainment Weekly's The Best Comic Books of the
2018, Newsweek's Best Comic
Books of the Year
2018, The Washington
Post's 10 Best Graphic Novels of the
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
2018, Powell's Best Science-Fiction,
Fantasy, Horror, and Graphic Novels of the

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

About the

New York Times bestselling and
award-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 at
the Voices of Our Nation (VONA) workshop. Ms. Liu's extensive work includes the
bestselling "Astonishing X-Men" for Marvel Comics, which featured the gay
wedding of X-Man Northstar and was subsequently nominated for a GLAAD Media
Award for outstanding media images of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender
community. Prior to writing full-time, Liu was a lawyer. She currently resides
in Boston.

Sana Takeda is an illustrator and
comic book artist who was born in Niigata, and now resides in Tokyo, Japan. At
age 20 she started out as a 3D CGI designer for SEGA, a Japanese video game
company, 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, and
is an illustrator for trading card games in Japan.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 168 x 257 x 18mm | 426g
  • Fullerton, United States
  • English
  • 1632157098
  • 9781632157096
  • 4,995

Review Text

Set in an alternate matriarchal 1900's Asia, in a richly imagined world of art deco-inflected steam
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Review quote

"If you want big, beautiful, terrifying, violent magic, Monstress is
your next favorite comic." -Cosmopolitan "World-building on a scale rare in mainstream comics." -The
Hollywood Reporter "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." -Publishers Weekly NPR -- Gaudy beauty and extravagant horror twine
around each other, as elegant as their subjects' sinuous hair and garments, in
the remarkable comic Monstress. Liu's accomplishment is impressive. She's
created characters who feel larger than life, but whose motivations and values
are almost always obscure.
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Rating details

49,612 ratings
3.96 out of 5 stars
5 37% (18,451)
4 35% (17,388)
3 18% (8,917)
2 6% (2,904)
1 4% (1,952)
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