I finished Monstress last night in one sitting. It was Aaaamaaazing.
Art Deco, steampunk, anime, and Asian design flavor this beautifully drawn graphic novel. The mashup of genres seems like it would be overwhelming, but instead creates something utterly unique.
In a female lead society, where witches are in charge and otherworldly ancients have passed down odd characteristics to generations of their offspring, a churning tension tightens. Small disputes turn larger and higher ups plot to turn to full scale war once again.
Maika Halfwolf has struggled through a massive war, slave camps, and eventual release. But her stir craziness over holes in her memory pertaining to her mother's death, and an overwhelming hunger, push her to come up with an elaborate plan to find the woman who was on expedition with them when her mother died.
I get edgy when there is a lot of explanation and walking in stories. This comic jumps from major event to major event-which I really appreciated. It's fast paced and doesn't let up, giving a shocking twist at just the right moment.
My favorite thing was the cat teaching pages between chapters (this sounds weird, but if you read the book it makes sense). The cat seems to be teaching her children the history of the land, and the tidbits were really helpful in understanding a lot of the more political nuances of the story.
M-A lot of very graphic/horror violence, multiple instances of harm/violence against children, and buckets of blood.