Title Monstress: Talk Stories #1 (of 2)
Words Marjorie Liu
Art Sana Takeda
Published November 25, 2020
Publisher’s Summary “Bridging the gap between the fifth and sixth arc (which resumes in January 2021), MONSTRESS returns with TALK-STORIES, a two-part limited series that invites you to eat dumplings beside the fire and listen as Kippa recounts a defining moment from her childhood.”
The marvelous fox girl Kippa is featured in Monstress: Talk Stories, a two-part miniseries. Here she fills in part of her backstory as relates a tale of when she was with her family in a refugee camp. This is a lovely story about hope and home centered around how food can bring even the most desperate family closer.
This far along in The Monstress saga it has become redundant to praise Marjorie Liu’s writing. She has been so good for so long that excellence is always the norm. Monstress: Talk Stories is no exception but is also a slight departure from the epic wonder of the main series. Here we get to see an intimate look at one of the best characters as this story zeroes in on Kippa. It is full of heart and longing and captures a kind of warmth that is hard to portray and rarely seen in comics. Once again, Marjorie Liu has produced outstanding work, this time in a simple narrative.
Equally excellent, and just as consistent, Sana Takeda’s artwork is gorgeous and moving. The intimacy and emotional content is captured in each glimpse from a characters eye or ordinary facial expression. The attention to detail is unsurpassed.
The Bottom Line
An intimate portrait of a beloved character that has all the charm and more of the intimacy of the main series. Lovely and heartfelt. I could not have asked for more.