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Monstress Volume 1: Awakening

De (autor) De (artist) Sana Takeda
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en Limba Engleză Carte Paperback – 19 Jul 2016 – vârsta de la 16 ani
Set in an alternate matriarchal 1900's Asia, in arichly imagined world of art deco-inflected steam punk, MONSTRESS tells thestory of a teenage girl who is struggling to survive the trauma of war, and whoshares a mysterious psychic link with a monster of tremendous power, aconnection that will transform them both and make them the target of both humanand otherworldly powers.

About theCreators:

New York Times bestselling andaward-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 atthe Voices of Our Nation (VONA) workshop. Ms. Liu's extensive work includes thebestselling "Astonishing X-Men" for Marvel Comics, which featured the gaywedding of X-Man Northstar and was subsequently nominated for a GLAAD MediaAward for outstanding media images of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendercommunity. Prior to writing full-time, Liu was a lawyer. She currently residesin Boston.

Sana Takeda is an illustrator andcomic book artist who was born in Niigata, and now resides in Tokyo, Japan. Atage 20 she started out as a 3D CGI designer for SEGA, a Japanese video gamecompany, 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, andis an illustrator for trading card games in Japan.

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Specificații

ISBN-13: 9781632157096
ISBN-10: 1632157098
Pagini: 192
Dimensiuni: 163 x 257 x 18 mm
Greutate: 0.43 kg
Editura: Image Comics

Recenzii

“Something entirely different” -Hypable


"Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda take eastern andwestern comics storytelling traditions and styles, and create something whollytheir own and remarkable: a beautifully told story of magic and fear, inhumanityand exploitation, of what it means to be human and the monsters we all carryinside us. Also, some of the best cats in comics. A delight." -NeilGaiman


"This is stuff that demands to be explained and dares you to turn thepage." -The Rainbow Hub


Kirkus Review: When you're writing a review, 'speechless' can be a bit of ahindrance. So, I'm gonna work on that, find my words, and try to tell you aboutthis book.

I fully admit, as I have a few times before, that the coverfor Monstress is what drew me in and convinced me to purchase the book. The artdeco background elements are so incredibly detailed and rich, reminding me a bitof my recent trip to Kansas city for WorldCon, where the downtown area is filledwith art deco designs and buildings. There are hints in that background image -or maybe they're flavors? - of ancient mythology, perhaps Egyptian with thegolden eye staring back at you - or something quite darker? And then there's thefigure of Maika Halfwolf looking over her shoulder in a very manga-inspiredcharacter style yet covered in those same art deco elements climbing up herwhite robe or dress.

I was doomed. Doomed to be unable to walk away fromthis book. Clever cover artist.

A couple posts ago, I talked about WhiteSands from Brandon Sanderson; an epic fantasy with a wide-sweeping scale.Monstress is no less epic in breadth and wonder, and, if it were published as anovel, would be the kind that doubles as a step-stool or spider-squasher. In aword: huge.

In Monstress, Majorie Liu has created something truly worthyof the word 'epic'. Following in the wake of a war between humans and Arcanics,we follow the one-armed Maika Halfwolf, a teenager filled with an anger shecan't control nor truly fathom. She is on a quest to learn the truth about herpast, her mother's life, and the final moments of the war between the races whena weapon of mass destruction went off killing everyone for fifty miles, forcinga ceasefire and a bit of a cold war. She allows herself to be taken captive andsold as a slave to the Cumea, a sort of scientific guild who experiment onArcanic's like Maika. Not all Arcanics look 'normal' as Maika does, many sharetraits or forms with animals - fox tails, fur, etc.

Maika has a power shedoesn't understand and cannot control. It seems to only appear when she's inmortal danger, and she counts on it now to save her before the Cumea can use herthe way they have so many other Arcanics.

This is a dark world and fullof danger, intrigue, and machinations. Maika discovers the past is not exactlyas she remembered or understood it to be. Some see her as a monster, others assomething to be used, and just about everyone wants to destroyher.

There's so much going on in this book, and much of it compressedinto the first thirty or so pages as we're introduced to this world and itsinhabitants. I admit having to go back and forth a bit to keep up with it all.Liu has developed a complicated and engaging world and filled it with a diversecast of characters. The Arcanics come in all shapes and sizes and appear to beinspired by the mythologies of the world, including China and Japan. The Cumea -who are also called witches throughout the book - appear to draw theirinspiration from archetypal evildoers from not just mythology, but also popculture, manga, and anime. They have that over-the-top evil quality I'd expectfrom those sources. All in all, it meshes well the various cultures and styles -East and West - into a cohesive story that hooked me from the start.

Theart - a lot of times the cover art doesn't necessarily represent the interiorpages. Much to my delight, co-creator and artist Sana Takeda maintains thequality of the art from cover to cover. Page after page reflect the same style,detail, and density as that gorgeous cover.

Liu also uses the story toshed a light on racism, war, and gender roles - all in a fantastic way thatpushes the reader to question assumptions and the status quo.

This isthe kind of book you read and reread because there's always some new bit todiscover hidden in the art or the dialogue. Highly recommend.--PatrickHester


NPR -- Gaudy beauty and extravagant horror twinearound each other, as elegant as their subjects' sinuous hair and garments, inthe remarkable comic Monstress. Liu's accomplishment is impressive. She'screated characters who feel larger than life, but whose motivations and valuesare almost always obscure.


“Filled to the brim with awesome.” -Kirkus Reviews