Volume Two, The Blood

Graphic Novel - 2017
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"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."--Back cover.
Publisher: Portland, OR : Image Comics, Inc., [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781534300415
Characteristics: 149 pages : chiefly color illustrations, map ; 26 cm


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Jan 10, 2018

"This again? Yes, you murdered your friend. Indeed, you tried to destroy all life on this world. And your actions most certainly led to the imprisonment of your kind. You are the very definition of treachery.

But guilt is such a bore, my querido.

You will never redeem yourself. But focus always on your shame, and your shame will eat you. It will become you. That is the coward's way. A coward never has to learn."


The second volume of Monstress delves deeper into the background of the monster that lives inside Maika Halfwolf. We know his name, and his love that we've only seen glimpses of in the previous volume. This imprisoned old god is both scary, and so breathtakingly sad. I don't know whether to cheer for it or wish it gone.

The artwork is this volume is just as beautiful as the first one and every character is drawn beautifully. The plot is actually better than the first volume because it is less confusing and showed more of the world that they inhabit.

I'm definitely excited for the third volume.

ArapahoeLesley Oct 26, 2017

Beautiful artwork and complex world building and after struggling with the first one I wasn't sure I would keep going. So upon finishing, despite the fact that I still had no idea what was going on half of the time, I will continue with this series. Just don't ask me why, I'm not sure.


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