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I dedicate this blog to comics in all forms, manga, autobio, superhero, art books, etc.  And of course, since I need a challenge, I've decided that I'll read and write (short) reviews for 365 comics during 2015.

Vampire Hunter D meets Claymore

Monstress Volume 1: Awakening - Marjorie M. Liu

Beautiful illustrations depict monstrous scenes. This comic drops readers right into the action, in a world torn by a war between humans and the Arcanic, creatures of various folklore, kitsune, vampires, cyclopian creatures and many others, some more human looking than others.  Maika Halfwolf is introduced in a slave auction where arcanic captives are sold off to the highest human bidder.  When the entire group is taken by a group called the Cumaea an order of women scientists/soldiers/...? 


It seems the group uses their arcanic captives to create something called lilium, a substance they use to gain powers...but what does it do to them, are they really still human?  


Maika willingly allows herself to get taken in order to find answers and get revenge for her mother's death by the hands of the Cumaea.


This would be a great choice for those who are looking for a world to really sink your teeth into, there is a lot here, and even though readers will start off a bit off-kilter, not knowing who the 'bad guy' is or which side of the war they're on, Maika is a sympathetic character readers will want to see through the end.


That said, for readers looking for a story that reaches a conclusion or something they can read and get in one sitting, this may not be their particular cup of tea, there are way more questions cropping up than answers and with text heavy pages, readers really have to invest time in if they plan to get anything out.