Takeda’s phenomenal artwork sets the stage for a truly epic story. The battle with the Blood Fox on the Isle of Bones is rendered in such a way that it looks and feels multi-dimensional. Maika and Zinn are heroic, broken and untrustworthy all at the same time, a combination that sets the tension high all the way through. Maika’s ultimate desires weigh heavy on her and the story, but it is her journey through, and where she comes to terms with her heritage that remain fascinating and exciting.
In a market where novels and comics splash sorcery and demon fighting everywhere like so much dishwater, Monstress truly ups the game. Liu creates complex psychology, history and mythos rolled into a pure fantasy world that holds together within its own logic and manages to be emotionally satisfying as well. This is crafty storytelling populated by fascinating characters, each issue adding to the overarching story but never overwhelmed by it. Soft and contemplative when it needs to be and explosive when required— this is extremely well done.