Review: Monstress Vol. 4: The Chosen

Writer: Marjorie M. Liu
Artist: Sana Takeda
Publisher: Image Comics
Released: October 1st, 2019
Received: Own
Issues: Monstress 19-24

4 1/2 kitties

Monstress Vol. 4: The Chosen is a graphic novel that I practically counted down the days for, as the story and artwork are beyond compare. Written by Marjorie M. Liu and illustrated by Sana Takeda, this is one of the most memorable series out there, at least in my mind.

Last we saw, Maika and Corvin had lost sight of Kippa, through a series of tragic and fairly dark events. Now the group is fracturing, as each one learns more about themselves and the war that is heading their way. All thanks to the truths revealed.

The war is coming ever closer, with it on the verge of breaking out in some locations. Yet Maika still has yet to choose a side – to decide where her loyalties (and her powers) lie. Soon, time will run out for her to make that decision.

Monstress Vol. 4: The Chosen is a dark and complex read. Honestly, that doesn’t even begin to cover it, if you ask me. It’s harrowing and twisted on more than one occasion, and is dense enough where a second read through would certainly not hurt anyone.

Myself included. In fact, I think I’ll be reading it for a third time before I dive into the five volume of this series. Just to make sure that I picked up on (and remember) every little, yet vital, detail snuck into the background.

The fantasy world of this series is still blowing me away – even after all of these years. It’s a fantastic blend of magic, lore, and just a hint of steampunk. All of which weave together in brilliant fashion.

Let us not forget the artwork. I sincerely mean it when I say that Monstress is without a doubt the most stunning series I have ever read. Literally. Sana Takeda’s work is breathtaking, and I don’t think the series would be the same without it.

Just take a look at those covers! Where sometimes a series will have covers that deviate from the style within the pages, Monstress is not one of them. That level of complexity and detail is a constant on every single panel. It’s so incredibly impressive. I actually bought a Monstress comic book box, because it’s so darn pretty.

I cannot recommend Monstress enough to any potential fans out there. Though I will confess my bias here, as I adore Marjorie M. Liu’s writing, and have for quite some time.

About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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