Monstress, Volume 1
Set in an alternate world of art deco beauty and steampunk horror, Monstress tells the epic story of Maika Halfwolf, a teenage survivors of a cataclysmic war between humans and their hated enemies, the Arcanics. In the face of oppression and terrible danger, Maika is both hunter and hunted, searching for answers about her mysterious past as those who seek to use her remain just one step behind...and all the while, the monster within begins to awaken...

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Monstress, Volume 1 Reviews

  • Tori (InToriLex)
    Oct 17, 2016

    Tori (InToriLex)

    Find this and other Reviews at In Tori LexThis comic appealed to me on every level possible. Strong Female protagonist check, Cats as a race check, Strong World Building check, non-white characters check, Fearsome Villain check, Witches check, Humor Check, Action check and Fantastic Fa...

  • Sarah
    Oct 8, 2016


    Monstress is a dark fantasy comic with a steampunk feel to it and the artwork is absolutely stunning. There are pages I could happily stare at all day long and this is definitely a book I'd be happy to reread because you spot new things every time you look at it.Maika is a young girl c...

  • Rachel (Kalanadi)
    Oct 7, 2016

    Rachel (Kalanadi)

    4.5 stars - amazing art, lots of worldbuilding already. The story seemed a little vague, but it's just getting started. ...

  • Marta
    Oct 7, 2016


    Absolutely gorgeous, Asian-inspired art, dark and full of magic, with great world building and complex characters. A departure for me, but I enjoyed it. My only complaint is the excessive gore. Although beautifully executed, most pages are dripping with blood. ...

  • Patty  (Bookish Wanderlove)
    Sep 30, 2016

    Patty (Bookish Wanderlove)


  • Naz (Read Diverse Books)
    Sep 25, 2016

    Naz (Read Diverse Books)

    Monstress gave me so much llliifffeee! I was itching for a dark graphic novel in a fantasy setting and this one delivered in every way possible. I loved that the world has a rich and complex history, with many mysteries, but enough details to keep you interested. It took me a little wh...

  • Lindsey Lynn
    Sep 5, 2016

    Lindsey Lynn

    Loved this story! The art was incredible. Gave me some Spirited Away vibes. Super interesting and will be continuing with this series! ...

  • Jesse A
    Sep 4, 2016

    Jesse A

    An interesting book with really good art but the story was somewhat lacking. ...

  • Book Riot Community
    Sep 1, 2016

    Book Riot Community

    Even if this wasn’t an incredible piece of storytelling, the art alone in this graphic novel would have put it at the top of my list. Takeda’s steampunk art deco graphics are mind-meltingly beautiful and amazing. But Liu’s story of a girl in an alternate 1900s matriarcha...

  • Liz BooksandStuff
    Sep 1, 2016

    Liz BooksandStuff

    Review HereThe story takes place in an “alternative world” similar to 19th century Asia, in the brink of war between two groups. The Arcanics are magical creatures that can sometimes pass for humans but also posses animal attributes (and perhaps some magic), their enemies are...