Title: Monstress #18
Words: Marjorie Liu
Art: Sana Takeda
Letters: Rus Wooton
Publication Date: July 11, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: “Will Maika be able to stop the tide of violence that threatens Pontus and the Known World?”
The attempt to restore the shield of Pontus before the impending attack has resulted in more complications than had been anticipated. The release of the Old Gods may have resulted in the end of the entire world and Maika is in the middle of all of it. Meanwhile, Kippa is missing and Ren may have betrayed them all, and for what end?
In this, the eighteenth issue of Monstress and the conclusion of the third arc, Marjorie Liu has secured a place for the book as essential reading for anyone interested in finding out what is going on in the non-superhero end of comics. She has elevated the genre in a way not seen before. This is a fantastic tale full of nuance and epic scope that also hold to its interest in the larger discussions of society and culture in the real world in an organic and absorbing way.
Sana Takeda’s work is equally powerful. I find the drawings so enthralling that I often forget to read the words. My attention is so pulled into the majesty of her illustrations that I would rather savor them than move on.
The Bottom Line:
The conclusion of this arc successfully eliminates the immediate threat while broadening the worldwide conflict. Maika, as always, is central to it all, and the more she finds out about her origins, the less she really understands.