Monstress #7 – Review
Writer: Marjorie Liu
Art: Sana Takeda
The last battle with the “witches” has come to an end. Unfortunately, the war is not over. Maika Halfwolf, Kippa, and Master Ren still have a long journey ahead of them. The Dawn Court and the Blood Queen are after this trio, so their quest won’t be an easy one. Luckily more allies are on the way in Monstress #7.
Maika hasn’t been herself lately, which is an understatement. The dark forces that sleep inside her spring to life at will. Unending hunger is more trouble than you think when you’re killing livestock and leaving bodies in your wake. Being hunted is no fun either. With the help of her Goddess-father, Maika, Kippa and Ren set sail to Thyria to escape and find some answers. If wait the sailors say is true, there could be something worse waiting for them on the open seas.
It feels good to read this book again. However, there are a few things I have to get off my chest. Maybe its just me, but some of the dialogue feels preachy. I love books with great conversations and plot development, but this book didn’t sit well with me. Good quotes can be taken from this issue, though. There was a lot of action in the previous volume, so I can be patient with the dialogue. This is a story, and Marjorie Liu is a fantastic writer. You should not think this book is boring because of me. You will be mistaken. Marjorie Liu maps out the story well, and shakes it up with some characters I already know I’m going to love. This book, and Maika, seem to be taking a dark and cold turn. That’s something I can’t wait to see unfold.
I had almost forgotten about Sana Takeda’s fabulous artwork. Monstress is beautiful from the front cover to the back cover. The browns can look muddy, but there’s always color there to compliment it. Whether its gold or blue or orange, the fantasy or steampunk aspect works. I really like the contrast between the humans and the Arcanics. Everybody is humanoid, but have distinguishing features. If everyone looked the same, that would be boring. Thankfully, Takeda knows how to make some magic. I really couldn’t see anyone else handling the book but this duo.