Monstress Volume 3 Haven by Marjorie M. Liu and Sana Takeda
Maika has spent most of her life learning how to fight, but how will she fare when the only way to save her life…is to make friends?
Collects issues 13-18 of the Hugo Award and British Fantasy Award series.
I had been waiting eagerly for this and it hasn’t disappointed. The artwork keeps me in awe as the other two volumes have, and the dynamics of the different societies are quite intriguing.
In this volume you get to understand more about the “monster” that is joined to Maika. There is also more information on why the cat sticks to them (and it wasn’t for the reason I initially thought, which was good and also it didn’t leave me feeling cheated, rather more curious, a good thing).
We also learn more about the past of both Maika, the sleeping God/monster, the Beloved, and just the world in general and what appears to have brought it forward.
War, tends to also be a big topic here, but now i is about how to survive it and make allies rather than to destroy everyone. It feels almost like it is giving Maika time for a bigger thing to come, but I am still unsure of what it will be.
Reading all the volumes of Monstress, however, if this is your first graphic novel definitely don’t do it. Why? Because it will confuse you. Give manga, or other graphic novels (like Fables, like Nimona, etc) a go before attempting Monstress.