From the moment I unwrapped this gift, the cover filled me with curiosity. Asian art deco blends with art nouveau and then meets up with a little industrial steampunk for an eye-catching design, and that's just the background. This story picks up in the midst of the aftermath of a devastating war between Arcanics, who are human-animal crossbreeds, and the so-called normal humans. Human witches still use the Arcanics that are still being hunted and captured as resources for their magic: maiming, dismembering and killing them in the cruelest fashions. Maika Halfwolf uses their magical greed against them and gets herself caught as a means to sneak into the innermost compound of a higher up witch on a quest for information and vengeance. Dark, violent, passionate, twisted, and so very compelling. A primo gift and I can't wait to find the next volume.
Set in an alternate matriarchal 1900's Asia, in a richly imagined world of art deco-inflected steam punk, MONSTRESS tells the story of a teenage girl who is struggling to survive the trauma of war, and who shares a mysterious psychic link with a monster of tremendous power, a connection that will transform them both and make them the target of both human and otherworldly powers. About the Creators: New York Times bestselling and award-winning writer Marjorie Liu is best known for her fiction and comic books. She teaches comic book writing at MIT, and leads a class on Popular Fiction at the Voices of Our Nation (VONA) workshop. Ms. Liu's extensive work includes the bestselling "Astonishing X-Men" for Marvel Comics, which featured the gay wedding of X-Man Northstar and was subsequently nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for outstanding media images of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Prior to writing full-time, Liu was a lawyer. She currently resides in Boston. Sana Takeda is an illustrator and comic book artist who was born in Niigata, and now resides in Tokyo, Japan. At age 20 she started out as a 3D CGI designer for SEGA, a Japanese video game company, and became a freelance artist when she was 25. She is still an artist, and has worked on titles such as "X-23" and "Ms. Marvel" for Marvel Comics, and is an illustrator for trading card games in Japan.