Monstress 8 Review
Written by Marjorie Liu
Illustrated by Sana Takeda
Lettered by Rus Wooton
Published by Image Comics Inc.
Still seeking answers to the murder of her mother Maika, an Arcanic teen, sets off on a ship to undertake the next part of her dangerous journey. She also seeks to release herself from the god that inhabits her body called Monstrum. Her companions Ren, a nekomancer cat and Kippa an Arcanic fox girl go along on the new voyage.
They board the ship owned by the smuggler Brothers Imura who were once friends to the mother of Maika. It seems that the mysterious key in her possession that is carved from the bone of an unknown creature can provide her with entry to the Isle of Bones. It is a dangerous place, one where the Brothers Imura feel unsafe to send Maika to, but in the end it proves they do not have a choice. They must set sail towards the Isle and see what they can discover there.
The comic is in and of itself very very short, but what matters is how much of the story is packed within these few pages, and there I must say it delivers really well. It progresses the story along nicely that even if you read only 20+ pages, you have advanced in the narrative quite considerably. And this being the 8th volume of the tale, it makes me anxious to read the rest. At the end of the volume there is again a few pages dedicated to the fans of Monstress with a display of fan art and fan mail that is answered by the Monstress Team. Also there are a few pages from the archives of Professor Tam Tam, former First Record-Keeper of the Is’hami Temple and learned contemporary of Namron Black Claw.
The artwork for this comic is exquisite. You simply find yourself wanting to frame some of the images. The clear Japanese influence on the art makes it only more delightful. Simply put each drawing is a piece of art. I love it.