Monstress, Vol. 2: The Blood (Monstress #2) by Marjorie M. Liu (Writer), Sana Takeda (Artist)

December 5, 2017
 Monstress, Vol. 2: The Blood, (Monstress #2, )Marjorie M. Liu, Sana Takeda, InToriLex, Book ReviewPublished By: Image Comics on July 11, 2017
Format Read: Paperback Edition (152 pages)
Genre: Comic/ Fantasy/ Horror
Series: Book Two of Monstress
Source: Purchased
Monstress, Vol. 2: The Blood (Monstress, #2)
The Eisner-nominated MONSTRESS is back! Maika, Kippa, and Ren journey to Thyria in search of answers to her past... and discover a new, terrible, threat. Collects MONSTRESS #7-12



This  volume continues the adventures of a outcasts group fighting their way to answers and Maika continuing to be a Boss. We learn more about the gods who used to rule this universe and Maika's family. We get to visit the Isle of Bones which is immaculately described and full of surprises. Throughout this volume there are examples of characters showing sympathy and understanding towards beings who we would characterize as bad. This works well because Maika is learning to control and be at peace with the dual nature of her self. While I grappled with the expanding mythology, I never stopped being engaged with the story and caring about what happens next. 
"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."
Although this does not pack the emotional punch the first volume did, the comic continues to explore a universe of beings grappling for power. The power struggle of species and gods lays a great backdrop to how these characters will journey on. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys bad ass female protagonists and dark action packed fantasy. If you enjoyed the first volume this is a worthy follow up. I am excited for what new adventures the author will conjure up next.
Reviews in Series:
Monstress, Volume 1: Awakening (Monstress #1) by Marjorie M. Liu (Writer), Sana Takeda (Artist), Rus Wooton (Letterer, Designer)


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 she leads a class on Popular Fiction at the Voices of Our Nation (VONA) workshop.

Ms. Liu is a highly celebrated comic book writer. Her extensive work with Marvel includes the bestselling Dark Wolverine series, NYX: No Way Home, X-23, and Black Widow: The Name of the Rose. She received national media attention for Astonishing X-Men, 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. Ms. Liu also wrote the story for the animated film, Avengers Confidential: Black Widow and Punisher, which was produced by Marvel, Sony Pictures Entertainment (Japan) Inc., and Madhouse Inc.

Her newest work is MONSTRESS, an original, creator-owned comic book series with Japanese artist (and X-23 collaborator) Sana Takeda. Published by Image in Fall 2015, MONSTRESS is set in an alternate, matriarchal 1920’s Asia and follows a girl’s struggle to survive the trauma of war. With a cast of girls and monsters and set against a richly imagined aesthetic of art deco-inflected steam punk, MONSTRESS #1 debuted to critical praise. The Hollywood Reporter remarked that the longer than typical first issue was “world-building on a scale rare in mainstream comics.”
Ms. Liu is also the author of more than 19 novels, most notably the urban fantasy series, Hunter Kiss, and the paranormal romance series, Dirk & Steele. Her novels have also been bestsellers on USA Today, which described Liu “as imaginative as she is prolific.” Her critically praised fiction has twice received the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, for THE MORTAL BONE (Hunter Kiss #6), and TIGER EYE (Dirk & Steele #1). TIGER EYE was the basis for a bestselling paranormal romance video game called Tiger Eye: Curse of the Riddle Box. Ms. Liu was born in Philadelphia, and has lived in numerous cities in the Midwest and Beijing. Prior to writing full-time, she was a lawyer. She currently resides in Boston.

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