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War has engulfed the Known World, and Maika Halfwolf is at its epicenter. As she and her friends grapple with the consequences of their actions, long-buried secrets and long-awaited reunions threaten to change everything. Join MARJORIE LIU and SANA TAKEDA in the newest volume of this Eisner, Hugo, Harvey, and British Fantasy Award-winning series. Plus, learn about the happi War has engulfed the Known World, and Maika Halfwolf is at its epicenter. As she and her friends grapple with the consequences of their actions, long-buried secrets and long-awaited reunions threaten to change everything. Join MARJORIE LIU and SANA TAKEDA in the newest volume of this Eisner, Hugo, Harvey, and British Fantasy Award-winning series. Plus, learn about the happier childhood days of Kippa and Maika in MONSTRESS: TALK-STORIES 1 and 2! Collects MONSTRESS: TALK-STORIES #1-2 and MONSTRESS #31-35


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War has engulfed the Known World, and Maika Halfwolf is at its epicenter. As she and her friends grapple with the consequences of their actions, long-buried secrets and long-awaited reunions threaten to change everything. Join MARJORIE LIU and SANA TAKEDA in the newest volume of this Eisner, Hugo, Harvey, and British Fantasy Award-winning series. Plus, learn about the happi War has engulfed the Known World, and Maika Halfwolf is at its epicenter. As she and her friends grapple with the consequences of their actions, long-buried secrets and long-awaited reunions threaten to change everything. Join MARJORIE LIU and SANA TAKEDA in the newest volume of this Eisner, Hugo, Harvey, and British Fantasy Award-winning series. Plus, learn about the happier childhood days of Kippa and Maika in MONSTRESS: TALK-STORIES 1 and 2! Collects MONSTRESS: TALK-STORIES #1-2 and MONSTRESS #31-35

30 review for Monstress, Vol. 6: The Vow

  1. 4 out of 5

    Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    Tuya!!!!!!!! You dsfdrcsdhzgffuxhdgvfgxgcfvv hole!!! And now we must wait for the next edition…..!!!! Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾 Tuya!!!!!!!! You dsfdrcsdhzgffuxhdgvfgxgcfvv hole!!! And now we must wait for the next edition…..!!!! Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾

  2. 4 out of 5

    Karen (thefictioncorner)

    Tuya what the fuck

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    TFW you waited 296 days from the time you finished vol 4 of Monstress to get ahold of vol 5, only to wait 188 days plus until vol 6. TFW you waited 296 days from the time you finished vol 4 of Monstress to get ahold of vol 5, only to wait 188 days plus until vol 6.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    Star Rating: —> 5 [ beautiful, brilliant, brutal ] Stars Well Holy mother of the Old Gods! I did NOT see THAT coming... ATALL! This installment is BRUTAL! I don't want to spoil anything, so I won't say who i'm absolutely enraged by... but oh my GODDDDD so ready; let me at 'em! Lol. Just overall one of the absolute BEST installments of the series. It truly feels completely atmospheric in the same way reading a well written high fantasy NOVEL does. It is not lacking in absolutely any way... the aut Star Rating: —> 5 [ beautiful, brilliant, brutal ] Stars Well Holy mother of the Old Gods! I did NOT see THAT coming... ATALL! This installment is BRUTAL! I don't want to spoil anything, so I won't say who i'm absolutely enraged by... but oh my GODDDDD so ready; let me at 'em! Lol. Just overall one of the absolute BEST installments of the series. It truly feels completely atmospheric in the same way reading a well written high fantasy NOVEL does. It is not lacking in absolutely any way... the author & artist have created a BRILLIANT world through exceptional world building & character development, complex plots, many intertwining intriguing sub plots, etc; it really has it all. The main storyline is so beautifully monstrous & at this point in the story, through this installment, I am truly amazed. The depth and complexity of this story seem unreal for a graphic novel. I may be repeating myself but this series just deserves the praise! I cannot recommend this enough to those of you who enjoy complex dark fantasy & graphic novels!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kevin

    4.5 stars, the best epic fantasy I've read since LOTR. HBO should be making a series out of this instead of all those GOT spinoffs. Maybe Amazon or Apple will see its potential. For me this story has gotten better and better with each volume, Ms. Liu continues to surprise me with each passing volume and I just love Sana's artwork it surely enhances the story and is beautiful enough to stand by itself if the storytelling wasn't as strong as it is. 4.5 stars, the best epic fantasy I've read since LOTR. HBO should be making a series out of this instead of all those GOT spinoffs. Maybe Amazon or Apple will see its potential. For me this story has gotten better and better with each volume, Ms. Liu continues to surprise me with each passing volume and I just love Sana's artwork it surely enhances the story and is beautiful enough to stand by itself if the storytelling wasn't as strong as it is.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Bastonikov

    incredible, amazing, show stopping, spectacular, never the same, totally unique, completely not ever been done before Always worth the wait! (view spoiler)[What the actual FUCK Tuya?(view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)] (hide spoiler)] incredible, amazing, show stopping, spectacular, never the same, totally unique, completely not ever been done before Always worth the wait! (view spoiler)[What the actual FUCK Tuya?(view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)] (hide spoiler)]

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sahitya

    Another interesting volume which I can still never find proper words to describe. The art is always intricate and detailed, but this time it was a bit more on the darker side, because most of the story was dealing with war. I also felt it was more character focused than the previous ones, especially regarding Maika’s relationships with everyone around her. So, just when I felt like the story was going one way, the author just had to give that absolutely unexpected and terrifying cliffhanger. The Another interesting volume which I can still never find proper words to describe. The art is always intricate and detailed, but this time it was a bit more on the darker side, because most of the story was dealing with war. I also felt it was more character focused than the previous ones, especially regarding Maika’s relationships with everyone around her. So, just when I felt like the story was going one way, the author just had to give that absolutely unexpected and terrifying cliffhanger. The wait for the next volume is gonna be really long.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ashkin Ayub

    monstress quickly becoming my favorite graphic novel. besides the art, which i adore because it reminds me of art nouveau, i really love the story. the characters are great, the world-building is amazing and the story is so complex and full of twists. with much action, magic, and heartbreaking revelations.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    The next volume of Monstress brings the action to a slow, even while the world around Maika and friends continues to rage with war. From the Talk-Stories mini-series that starts us off to the usual five issues of the main book, this volume is all about characters working out where they stand with one another, while new revelations rock old relationships to their core. It's a little hard to keep everything straight at times, mostly because the world is so dense and I usually read the series in sing The next volume of Monstress brings the action to a slow, even while the world around Maika and friends continues to rage with war. From the Talk-Stories mini-series that starts us off to the usual five issues of the main book, this volume is all about characters working out where they stand with one another, while new revelations rock old relationships to their core. It's a little hard to keep everything straight at times, mostly because the world is so dense and I usually read the series in single issue form monthly, but there's no doubt that Liu's world has been well-crafted and populated with complex and intricate characters. You need a spider-diagram to keep all the betrayals and familial relationships in order at times. I did think that Talk-Stories might have been a way to give Sana Takeda a bit more lead time on the main book, but she draws those two issues as well as the main series, so I've got no idea - but more Takeda art is always a good thing, so I'm not complaining. A bit slower, a bit more talky, but with the promise of explosive confrontations on the horizon.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Trike

    The last issue/chapter here is a full 5-star entry but the lead-up to it is pretty slow and it feels like most of the info we already had. (Aside from one big revelation in the penultimate issue.) The two lead stories giving us backstory for Pippa and Maika as children are fine but overlong for what they are. The art is beautiful as always, if less complex and detailed than in previous volumes. This is still one of the most gorgeous books going. It only pales in comparison to Takeda’s other effor The last issue/chapter here is a full 5-star entry but the lead-up to it is pretty slow and it feels like most of the info we already had. (Aside from one big revelation in the penultimate issue.) The two lead stories giving us backstory for Pippa and Maika as children are fine but overlong for what they are. The art is beautiful as always, if less complex and detailed than in previous volumes. This is still one of the most gorgeous books going. It only pales in comparison to Takeda’s other efforts in this series.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sara Jovanovic

    3.5 This was awesome volume, the story is getting more interesting with every page. Even though I feel it was a bit slow at times, I loved the twists and turns, and especially the exploration of Maika and Tuya's history. That cliffhanger was unexpected. So now I wait a year for the next one? 3.5 This was awesome volume, the story is getting more interesting with every page. Even though I feel it was a bit slow at times, I loved the twists and turns, and especially the exploration of Maika and Tuya's history. That cliffhanger was unexpected. So now I wait a year for the next one?

  12. 4 out of 5

    Thomas

    It helped that I was able to read this volume right after the last one; the story is complicated enough that it's hard for me to remember what happens between them, and reading the collections back-to-back helped me keep up with it, for a change. I'm able to understand the characters better, and their motivations. But holy hell, there's still a lot going on, and it's a lot to track. It doesn't mean it's not worth the effort, but dang. It helped that I was able to read this volume right after the last one; the story is complicated enough that it's hard for me to remember what happens between them, and reading the collections back-to-back helped me keep up with it, for a change. I'm able to understand the characters better, and their motivations. But holy hell, there's still a lot going on, and it's a lot to track. It doesn't mean it's not worth the effort, but dang.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Anniken Haga

    I have to admit that I've forgotten a lot of details by now, which is one of the big causes for my rating being only 3 stars. This book was confusing to me, although I loved how Maika worked through some stuff in this album. And as usual, it tells a strong story about war and survival and humanity. I'm going to do a reread next year, I think, shortly before vol 7 comes out, so I'll remember more and can get the full experience. I hated the ending so much! I have to admit that I've forgotten a lot of details by now, which is one of the big causes for my rating being only 3 stars. This book was confusing to me, although I loved how Maika worked through some stuff in this album. And as usual, it tells a strong story about war and survival and humanity. I'm going to do a reread next year, I think, shortly before vol 7 comes out, so I'll remember more and can get the full experience. I hated the ending so much!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Natasha den Dekker

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Wow wow wow, what an addition to the series. I am so so glad that we finally get to see Tuya and Maika reunited (although it doesn't end well) AND an evolution in the relationship between Maika and Zinn (super weird, bit gross but wonderfully rendered in the comic). I love this series for its complex storyline, female-led cast ( like all our main characters are women and the men are side characters). I like how the world building is still happening as we learn more about Zinn's peers and how the Wow wow wow, what an addition to the series. I am so so glad that we finally get to see Tuya and Maika reunited (although it doesn't end well) AND an evolution in the relationship between Maika and Zinn (super weird, bit gross but wonderfully rendered in the comic). I love this series for its complex storyline, female-led cast ( like all our main characters are women and the men are side characters). I like how the world building is still happening as we learn more about Zinn's peers and how they ended up on this planet. It was over too quickly and I can't wait for Vol. 7.

  15. 4 out of 5

    angelofmine1974

    My review of this book can be found on my YouTube Vlog at: https://youtu.be/vuwoDahYkDw Enjoy! My review of this book can be found on my YouTube Vlog at: https://youtu.be/vuwoDahYkDw Enjoy!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Natalie S

    As usual, impeccable art, such detail and atmosphere. The story of rhe war and the character development is on point. The ending tho! What a cliff hanger!!

  17. 5 out of 5

    tianarose85

    What can I say! I am forever amazed at the depth of this world. Love it and really cannot wait for what’s next, such a cliff hanger!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Amy Braun

    I'm continually amazed by this series. It is so unique and compelling, fresh and exciting. The story follows more characters and becomes more complex as it expands. This entire volume focused on the past coming back to haunt the present. It made for some gut-wrenching moments, especially when it came to Kippa. There were betrayals and complex conversations with enemies, and an ending that left me stunned and terrified. And the action... this volume is packed with it. The ending battle is wild an I'm continually amazed by this series. It is so unique and compelling, fresh and exciting. The story follows more characters and becomes more complex as it expands. This entire volume focused on the past coming back to haunt the present. It made for some gut-wrenching moments, especially when it came to Kippa. There were betrayals and complex conversations with enemies, and an ending that left me stunned and terrified. And the action... this volume is packed with it. The ending battle is wild and unlike anything I could have imagined. The world building is rich, the characters complex, the art breath-taking, and the writing absolutely fantastic. It remains my favourite fantasy graphic novel, and this could be the best volume yet!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Gabbibuu

    I saw a review that said, and I quote: "What the fuck Tuya". Girl, I feel you. Does this mean now I have to wait a whole year to know what happens next? I saw a review that said, and I quote: "What the fuck Tuya". Girl, I feel you. Does this mean now I have to wait a whole year to know what happens next?

  20. 4 out of 5

    Yael

    One of the best series I ever read, amazing art and storytelling. Wating for Vol 7 after that crazy cliffhanger.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Grahm Wiley-Camacho

    this volume just nails the personal, interpersonal and sociological storytelling that sets this series apart for me

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

    I love the art in this series, but I find it really hard to care for any of the characters (Kippa excluded from that, of course). The story did gain some clarity from this volume, but I still find it to be too convoluted overall and I think I'm going to follow my own advice from my last review, which I obviously didn't take, and stop reading this series until it's completed so that I can give it a thorough re-read without letting any of those details from a year or two ago slip through the crack I love the art in this series, but I find it really hard to care for any of the characters (Kippa excluded from that, of course). The story did gain some clarity from this volume, but I still find it to be too convoluted overall and I think I'm going to follow my own advice from my last review, which I obviously didn't take, and stop reading this series until it's completed so that I can give it a thorough re-read without letting any of those details from a year or two ago slip through the cracks. I will say that it's clear that Liu is having a great time writing this and her ability to put her imagination onto the page is incredible, but there's just so much going on that the long gaps between releases hurts what I'm assuming will be a wonderful flow once it's all put together. So, in a nutshell, I'm giving up for now not because the series is bad, but rather because at this point I'd prefer to read it when I can properly give it the time and attention that it deserves. Reading this one in installments the way I have been is doing a disservice to the story, so I will deprive myself until the end is in sight.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Tamara Morrill

    As always i love this series it is my favorite graphic novel series, i cant wait for more.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Geub

    Damn cliffhanger! I so wasn't expecting that but I guess I should have. This story has developed into a fascinating tale of war and betrayal as well as the merger between old gods and new. I couldn't put it down. I read this series in a single day! Damn cliffhanger! I so wasn't expecting that but I guess I should have. This story has developed into a fascinating tale of war and betrayal as well as the merger between old gods and new. I couldn't put it down. I read this series in a single day!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Corri Parsley

    Not my favorite of the series but it does add a lot of history between Maiko and Tuya.

  26. 4 out of 5

    David

    This was a 4-star volume until the penultimate issue #34, which blew me away. Then #35 almost knocked it back down to 4 due to plot machinations and a wholly undeserved rage-quit on my part, from which I soon recovered. But I digress (suffice it to say, when Liu messes with team Maika, this does not sit well). Nevertheless, I'm sticking to the high-water mark. Let's get the preliminaries over with: the artwork of Monstress continues to leave me breathless. Sana Takeda is truly without peer. A spe This was a 4-star volume until the penultimate issue #34, which blew me away. Then #35 almost knocked it back down to 4 due to plot machinations and a wholly undeserved rage-quit on my part, from which I soon recovered. But I digress (suffice it to say, when Liu messes with team Maika, this does not sit well). Nevertheless, I'm sticking to the high-water mark. Let's get the preliminaries over with: the artwork of Monstress continues to leave me breathless. Sana Takeda is truly without peer. A special treat in this volume right up front is a couple of poignant one-shots emphasizing main characters Maika and Kippa, and how they are in many ways foils of each other. Now for the rest. One day when this magnificent series is done, I'm going to have to go back and re-read from start to finish in one go. I feel like I'm missing a third of what's going on, what with all the characters, events, wars, factions, and the publication gap between volumes. It would've been nice had Professor Tam Tam's lessons at the end of each issue gave us more relevant insight, like in previous volumes. But for a change, I decided not to sweat the details, and just roll with it. I trust Liu and Takeda. So, about that spectacular issue #34. Finally, the masks, the focus of many a plot arc and doom of many a character, are no longer Maika's MacGuffin. This happens: Then this: Dear Kippa, you are just adorable, even when you are passive-aggressive. Oh, and there's a full-page Kiss. Savor this one, dear reader, before you proceed to #35. (Shakes fist at wall, featuring Kindle-sized dent: (view spoiler)[Damn you, Tuya (hide spoiler)] !!)

  27. 5 out of 5

    Justin

    Monstress was a comic I previously read through volume 4 (at the time, there was no volume 5 or 6), back when I was a librarian at Howard Community College and it was a title I bought for our collection. Back then, I couldn't decide whether I liked it or didn't like it, but now I can say that I'm definitely into it (even if I think that the quality dips in the second half of volumes currently available--i.e., volumes 4-6). So yeah, I do feel that story-wise and in regards to plotting, things get Monstress was a comic I previously read through volume 4 (at the time, there was no volume 5 or 6), back when I was a librarian at Howard Community College and it was a title I bought for our collection. Back then, I couldn't decide whether I liked it or didn't like it, but now I can say that I'm definitely into it (even if I think that the quality dips in the second half of volumes currently available--i.e., volumes 4-6). So yeah, I do feel that story-wise and in regards to plotting, things get bogged down by volume four with the introduction of our protag's father, and nothing is quite as dynamic as those first three volumes. The dialogue also seems less inspired and spirited, the banter basically goes out the window, and the philosophical musings made by characters slowly dissipate (honestly, a lot of these matters regarding the dialogue aren't helped by Ren's departure from our protag earlier in the series). Also, I can't help but feel that the characterization gets blander, and well, safer, with just about everybody (even in regards to Tuya being more or less still opaque by volume six, and still not being able to benefit from much in the way of character development--something that nearly everyone else has already had in this comic by this juncture, save her). Finally, I love Sana Takeda's art (as does everyone, right?), but I think that maybe they started juggling a fair deal of other projects (hey, artists gotta eat) and consequentially the artwork gets more rushed with each successive volume (this latest, six, being the worst); from the character linework and poses / positioning, to the backgrounds and sceneries that increasingly lose detail and eventually become murky vacuums as the series progresses (volume six would look really subpar if you removed the filters and whatnot added by computers). But, again: Artists gotta eat (so yeah, I'm like, well, that sucks, but also, hey, this stuff happens, and people can rarely financially afford to dedicate themselves to one series--so it is what it is).

  28. 5 out of 5

    Audrey H.

    A few thoughts about Monstress now that I've finished all the available issues - 1. GORGEOUS art; I've seen others describe this as art-deco, but I disagree. It's dark and moody, but the style doesn't remind me of any art-deco I've seen in real life... I love the details. This is my favorite art from a graphic novel to date! 2. The setting is 100% fantastical, and I have no idea what some people mean when they call it 20th century Asia. The closest this has gotten to Asia is that some of the char A few thoughts about Monstress now that I've finished all the available issues - 1. GORGEOUS art; I've seen others describe this as art-deco, but I disagree. It's dark and moody, but the style doesn't remind me of any art-deco I've seen in real life... I love the details. This is my favorite art from a graphic novel to date! 2. The setting is 100% fantastical, and I have no idea what some people mean when they call it 20th century Asia. The closest this has gotten to Asia is that some of the characters look to be eating baos and wontons in a few of the pictures. That's it! 3. Lots of thematic content re: race, war and PTSD... 4. The plot is quite complicated, and it is difficult to figure out how all the parties interact. There are so many alliances! So many betrayals! When you combine this with a storyline that does a lot of time switches (without some distinction between past/present), many races/types of characters, and quite a few characters that physically LOOK the same - it is definitely hard to follow along. Some volumes are clearer than others (Volume 6 was very confusing, hence the 3-stars vs. 4-stars that most of the other issues received). 5. I'll absolutely continue! I'm invested.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie McDaniel

    This is the sixth volume in this long-running grimdark epic fantasy, and the endgame is still not in sight. In contrast to the battles and blood-dripping gore of the previous volume, this volume is quieter and focuses more on the protagonist Maika Halfwolf and her estranged lover Tuya (who, in a rather squicky plot development, was forced to marry Maika's aunt, the Warlord). This leads to the shocking cliffhanger in the final pages, and while I dislike cliffhangers in general, I must admit this This is the sixth volume in this long-running grimdark epic fantasy, and the endgame is still not in sight. In contrast to the battles and blood-dripping gore of the previous volume, this volume is quieter and focuses more on the protagonist Maika Halfwolf and her estranged lover Tuya (who, in a rather squicky plot development, was forced to marry Maika's aunt, the Warlord). This leads to the shocking cliffhanger in the final pages, and while I dislike cliffhangers in general, I must admit this one is effective. The only thing I would change about this is: more Kippa. Which is why I liked the two "talk stories" at the beginning of the book, two mini-comics focusing on Kippa and Maika's childhoods, almost more than the main story. Both stories are small flickering beacons of hope in the girls' lives, before the unrelenting horrors of the main storyline. Sana Takeda's art is sublime as always, but I wish she had a little more differentiation of the main characters: at times, it's hard to tell Tuya from Maika from the Warlord. But due to the overall grimness of the story, the color palette is rather limited. Nevertheless, this series continues to hold my interest.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sara I

    This continues to be one of my favorite graphic novel series and series in general. The world-building and art are so visually stunning and complex. I cannot get enough and each time I get the chance to read a bit further in the story I reach the end of that issue or volume and am desperate for more! The cliffhanger at the end of this volume resulted in me reading as quickly as I could and then coming to a full stop and even rereading what I had just read to make sure that it had really just hap This continues to be one of my favorite graphic novel series and series in general. The world-building and art are so visually stunning and complex. I cannot get enough and each time I get the chance to read a bit further in the story I reach the end of that issue or volume and am desperate for more! The cliffhanger at the end of this volume resulted in me reading as quickly as I could and then coming to a full stop and even rereading what I had just read to make sure that it had really just happened. The storyline and vastness of the world Maika and the other characters live in keeps blowing my mind and each turn or twist leaves me tearing through the panels and pages. And as much as the world-building draws me in, the characters and their journeys are moving and wonderful, too. This volume especially things and people come together for reunions and it impacts the story and Maika especially a lot, in shaping her and Zinn and their relationship. It almost felt healing amongst all the chaos. I cannot recommend this series enough, it's a bit dark but it everything!

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