Updated on 16 October, 2021
Monstress is a monthly comic series created by Marjorie Liu, an acclaimed blogger, cartoonist and internet entrepreneur. The story is set in a modern world where everything that has been done in the past is now possible. In this world, time is a border not easily navigable by individuals as it is dictated by technology. As a result, people are divided into two groups-those who have time on their hands and those who don't.
At the beginning of the story, Lexy is a young girl living in present day Manhattan. Her mother left town to pursue her dream of becoming a cartoonist. She managed to get a job at a newspaper stand, but was fired due to her short attention span. The next year she met an artist named Zachary Levi and the two became friends. After graduating, they decided to start their own company, named after the cartoon characters they both loved.
The story revolves around several different members of the group, each with his or her own unique characteristics. There are Alpha Dogs, the Masked Rider, the Verminous Vultures, the Radiant Phantoms, and many more. The novel is written in first person point of view, which I found very interesting and a great addition to the Monstress universe. However, it can be somewhat slow when it comes to plot development.
It's mostly action oriented, with a few comedy sequences. What makes it so special is the way each panel is drawn, and the way the story is told through each word. Every panel is a unique story in and of itself, and if you've ever read anything by Liu, you'll know why. The way he brings reality into this imaginary world is quite amazing.
Despite the slow pacing, the artwork is not slack. In fact, the artwork is some of the best I've seen from a comic book series. Each panel flows in a perfectly formed and seamless fashion, creating an incredible visual experience. When you get to the end of a panel, you're surprised how much movement you still see. This is not just the case when it comes to the layout of the panels, but when it comes to the actual story that's being told.
The story is about a girl named Jane who lives in a small town called Springfield. One day, she gets a visit from a man called Jake. What follows is love at first sight, followed by a series of unfortunate events that force Jane into a life of danger and confusion.
The way the story is told is also very interesting. You learn about the back-room operations of what seems to be an ordinary company, but what's really behind the scenes is a lot more complex than what meets the eye. The way the character's actions and thoughts are reflected in each panel is incredibly powerful. You learn things about Jane and her world that you can't just take away from in a comic book, and that makes it very enticing to follow.
While it doesn't have the depth of some other superhero comics, it doesn't have to try so hard to be epic. It's simply written well, with great cartoon style and fantastic action. When you combine this with a great story, Monstress is a highly recommended series that anyone should have a look at. You'll enjoy the engaging story, the engaging art and the fantastic characters that make up the supporting cast. There are plenty of modern-day superheros that could stand toe to toe with the Monstress, but none will ever compare to the unique mix of fantastic story, incredible artwork and perfectly crafted animation that makes Monstress such a rewarding read.