Monstress: the Blood (Vol. 2)
By: Marjorie M. Liu (Writer), Sana Takeda (Artist), Rus Wooton (Letterer, Designer)
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase
Maika Halfwolf is on the run from a coalition of forces determined to control or destroy the powerful Monstrum that lives beneath her skin. But Maika still has a mission of her own: to discover the secrets of her late mother, Moriko.
In this second volume of Monstress, collecting issues 7-12, Maika’s quest takes her to the pirate-controlled city of Thyria and across the sea to the mysterious Isle of Bones. It is a journey that will force Maika to reevaluate her past, present, and future, and contemplate whether there’s anyone, or anything, she can truly trust–including her own body.
I just had to pick up the second volume. I needed to know what happened next to Maika and Kippa and everyone else 🙂
Please bear with me with this review…it might not say much as I read this comic some time ago and don’t remember as much as I thought I would’ve, but suffice to say I really enjoyed it. It picks up from events of volume 1 and really expands everything: the world, the characters, the power struggles, the forces that are at play, the stakes. It really was a ride from start to finish with new revelations and implications. Maika’s mother Moriko was really something else, and yet she was also motivated by something that we still have yet to understand in its entirety.
The world expansion was just amazing. The Isle of Bones, nekomancers…Yes, even the pirates, lol; I’m usually not one to enjoy any portion of a quest involving sea passage (I don’t know why but I find that stuff boring…and I like the sea) or pirates, but that early half of the novel was a lot of fun. Admittedly I did sort of skim through Professor Tam Tam’s explanations of the world at the end of every chapter; I will go back to them as it does explain a lot about the world they operate in, but in the meantime I just wanted to know what happened next.
Volume 2 of Monstress was overall awesome. I think it was just as good as the first in terms of just expanding everything we know about these characters that were established. It’s still dark and chilling at times, but I’ve grown so attached to these characters. Kippa continues to be precious and Maika, for all of her sullenness, is beginning to come to terms with the darkness inside of her and heading towards some kind of balance with the monster that’s living with her. I cannot wait for the third