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Maika and Corvin make their way through a warped and lethal land in search of Kippa, who is faced with her own terrible monsters. But when Maika comes face-to-face with a stranger from her deep past, startling truths are uncovered, and at the center of it all lurks a dangerous conspiracy that threatens the Known World. Maika is finally close to getting all the answers she Maika and Corvin make their way through a warped and lethal land in search of Kippa, who is faced with her own terrible monsters. But when Maika comes face-to-face with a stranger from her deep past, startling truths are uncovered, and at the center of it all lurks a dangerous conspiracy that threatens the Known World. Maika is finally close to getting all the answers she ever wanted, but at what price? With war on the horizon-a war no one wants to stop-whose side will Maika choose? Collects MONSTRESS #19-24.


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Maika and Corvin make their way through a warped and lethal land in search of Kippa, who is faced with her own terrible monsters. But when Maika comes face-to-face with a stranger from her deep past, startling truths are uncovered, and at the center of it all lurks a dangerous conspiracy that threatens the Known World. Maika is finally close to getting all the answers she Maika and Corvin make their way through a warped and lethal land in search of Kippa, who is faced with her own terrible monsters. But when Maika comes face-to-face with a stranger from her deep past, startling truths are uncovered, and at the center of it all lurks a dangerous conspiracy that threatens the Known World. Maika is finally close to getting all the answers she ever wanted, but at what price? With war on the horizon-a war no one wants to stop-whose side will Maika choose? Collects MONSTRESS #19-24.

30 review for Monstress, Vol. 4: The Chosen

  1. 5 out of 5

    Bradley

    I felt a desire to pull out my first three volumes of this graphic novel and re-read them. Not only the artwork was there to be enjoyed, but the nicely deep storyline that keeps evolving in sometimes complicated but oftentimes traditional and satisfying ways reminiscent of some of the best mangas. But no. This is not a manga. It's lush, with lines very much unlike manga, but very reminiscent of it in the tentacles and oddities and mind-blowing depths of the imagination. Thi I felt a desire to pull out my first three volumes of this graphic novel and re-read them. Not only the artwork was there to be enjoyed, but the nicely deep storyline that keeps evolving in sometimes complicated but oftentimes traditional and satisfying ways reminiscent of some of the best mangas. But no. This is not a manga. It's lush, with lines very much unlike manga, but very reminiscent of it in the tentacles and oddities and mind-blowing depths of the imagination. This is, and remains to me, an adaptation of the East to the West's purposes. Wonderfully so. The colors are freaking amazing. And the story? Ah, we've got enough demand here that the comic can go all-out into epic awesomeness, as seen in this volume. War? The breaking out of all the old gods? Great SF elements as well? It's all here. I'm loving it all.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kien

    Wake me up when September ends.

  3. 5 out of 5

    David Schaafsma

    The first thing to say about Monstress is that the award-winning artwork of Sana Takeda is as usual breath-taking. This is sweeping fantasy with myriad characters (some favorites are cats and foxes) and factions, sometimes with a touch of horror, sometimes involving ultra-violence and featuring mostly women, almost all of them gorgeous and many of them evil. There is deep mythology, complex politics, goddesses, ancients, monsters. I still really don’t know what is going on half the time with the The first thing to say about Monstress is that the award-winning artwork of Sana Takeda is as usual breath-taking. This is sweeping fantasy with myriad characters (some favorites are cats and foxes) and factions, sometimes with a touch of horror, sometimes involving ultra-violence and featuring mostly women, almost all of them gorgeous and many of them evil. There is deep mythology, complex politics, goddesses, ancients, monsters. I still really don’t know what is going on half the time with the various factions--I couldn’t begin to tell you the difference between the Dawn and Dusk Courts--but at base these things seem to be true: The central character, Maika Halfwolf, is searching for the truth to her identity, seeking Kippa, and seeking the truth to the mystery surrounding the Shaman-Empress and the Monstrum. If you boil all the gorgeous art and all the talk down, not much really happens in this volume except talk, but when Maika finds her Father, the “Doctor,” some of the mysteries about her identity get (closer to being) known. And in that process deep political conspiracies get revealed that portend a coming war between humans and Arcanics. So much drama in the telling and viewing! But this is high fantasy, so you gotta expect something operatic. A highlight: Takeda’s War Masters Sketches, collected in the appendix.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Manisha

    Actual review: 4.5 The artwork is just as stunning as it has ever been. I have noticed, in other graphic novels, how the art suffers with each new book, so I’m glad to see that that hasn’t happened in this series. The art has lovely texture and creativity that cannot be seen in any other graphic novel, which makes the art and the world unique to this story. Besides the artwork, I found this edition easier to follow than the previous one. The story is about Maika, also known as ‘Halfwolf’ as Actual review: 4.5 The artwork is just as stunning as it has ever been. I have noticed, in other graphic novels, how the art suffers with each new book, so I’m glad to see that that hasn’t happened in this series. The art has lovely texture and creativity that cannot be seen in any other graphic novel, which makes the art and the world unique to this story. Besides the artwork, I found this edition easier to follow than the previous one. The story is about Maika, also known as ‘Halfwolf’ as she tries to find answers to what had happened to her. There were a lot of twists and turns in this book. A few questions were answered, and a few reveals took me by surprise. Although I found the beginning of this series heavy and hard to follow, I feel like the story is finally hitting its stride. I look forward to the next instalment.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Trish

    As I suspected from volume 1 on, the author is playing the long game. In this 4th volume, Maika and Kippa are in different places, Maika is trying to find Kippa with the help of Corvin while Kippa was taken by forces working for the mysterious "Doctor", who turns out to be none other than Maika's father (not much of a spoiler, don't worry)! Moreover, the Dusk and Dawn Courts have been united by marriage and all sides are gearing up for war ... not even realizing that what destroyed Pontus in the previous volume - a god As I suspected from volume 1 on, the author is playing the long game. In this 4th volume, Maika and Kippa are in different places, Maika is trying to find Kippa with the help of Corvin while Kippa was taken by forces working for the mysterious "Doctor", who turns out to be none other than Maika's father (not much of a spoiler, don't worry)! Moreover, the Dusk and Dawn Courts have been united by marriage and all sides are gearing up for war ... not even realizing that what destroyed Pontus in the previous volume - a god - will destroy them all if they don't band together (and, really, might do it even if they do fight it as joint forces). There is finally a reunion, even a sort-of reunion with Master Ren, but only after we get to know more about his reasons for betraying Kippa and Maika. Moreover, this volume had even more background information. On the Shaman Empress as much as on Maika herself, her parents, the battle at Constantine and the nature of the Arcanics as well as the Gods. And yes, it's all rather riveting! So we get answers to some questions, we are shown some of this world's glorious past, but we're also often given only puzzle pieces to other questions while some entirely new questions arise. Such as Zinn's relationship to his "beloved" and what that mysterious Marium has to do with anything. Thus, as usual, there is a lot going on, but the stakes are getting incredibly high now so we're nearing the final resolution and it promises to be grandiose! Once again, there was a lot of intrigue, though we are revealing more and more of the plots, slowly but surely. Nevertheless, to see who's in bed with whom and for what reason(s) was still a nasty shock sometimes. Last but not least, let me gush about Sana Takeda's art some more. I know, I know, I keep repeating myself, volume for volume, but her art is still so rich in detail, often interspersed with hidden plot elements, showing the most wonderful colour palette / combinations. It's simply stunningly gorgeous. I can't get enough of it!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Silvana

    Just when I thought it could not be even more complicated. I enjoyed the previous installments better. It is easy to get lost among characters, especially factions, even though we have visuals. There were new characters (and a new faction) but the worldbuilding felt a bit forced/prolonged. I did enjoy Kippa's adventure (though some images were quite nightmare-inducing) and Ren's storyline. The rest - if not because of the fantastic visuals - are just alright, nothing special. Except m Just when I thought it could not be even more complicated. I enjoyed the previous installments better. It is easy to get lost among characters, especially factions, even though we have visuals. There were new characters (and a new faction) but the worldbuilding felt a bit forced/prolonged. I did enjoy Kippa's adventure (though some images were quite nightmare-inducing) and Ren's storyline. The rest - if not because of the fantastic visuals - are just alright, nothing special. Except maybe that scene-stealing little doggy owned by the inquisitrix. OMG. SO. CUTE.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Cathy

    Good story, although quite often confusing. Complicated, far reaching, complex. Consistently above average artwork. Recommended, this comic still delivers. My weird non-review, written down along the way: Chapter 19–confusing beginning, creepy ending, very nice artwork. Chapter 20–still confusing. Kippa‘s storyline is good so far. Chapter 21–huh? Chapter 22–underground, good stuff! Dragons! Good chapter! The plot is moving in a meaningful way! Good story, although quite often confusing. Complicated, far reaching, complex. Consistently above average artwork. Recommended, this comic still delivers. My weird non-review, written down along the way: Chapter 19–confusing beginning, creepy ending, very nice artwork. Chapter 20–still confusing. Kippa‘s storyline is good so far. Chapter 21–huh? Chapter 22–underground, good stuff! Dragons! Good chapter! The plot is moving in a meaningful way! Right? Right! You have been warned. Chapter 23-eeeew! Bloody! And revealing and a little meh? Chapter 24-time of reunion! And more confusing story telling... Interesting ending. Nice cliffhanger. The plot thickens, we are drawing closer to a major story arc closure. And isn‘t he adorkable? This comic received a ton of awards, one of them being „Best Publication for Teens Eisner Award 2018“. That surprised me, it‘s strong stuff for teens. Fourth volume, collecting issues 19-24. Knocking off one star because I felt really confused a lot of the time. Considering all the awards, also for storytelling, it‘s probably me. One of these days, when the story is done, I might have to spend a month or so re-reading it all.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    Things got complicated (and somewhat confusing) for our characters in this installment. I liked this one but not quite as much as the previous ones. The artwork continues to be stunning and I will definitely be continuing on.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Taylor

    Another great installment!! I honestly have no idea where these next volumes are going to go, but I can’t wait.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    Star Rating: —> 5 STARS SO EFFING BEAUTIFUL! Such an intriguing plot! I cant get enough of moriko halfwolf, kippa, ren, etc... This story gets more and more interesting with every vol. i tried to read it as slow as humanly possible, like little bit heeeere... little bit there.... haha but it didn’t work so well; i still finished it in 3 days time, no matter how many moments, other books, whatever in between 😂

  11. 5 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    After the previous volume's high octane action, Monstress takes a slower approach for the next six issues as Maika meets her father and begins to uncover more of the mystery surrounding the Shaman-Empress and the Monstrum, while Kippa slowly comes into her own. Political maneuvering is the name of the game, with a lot of talking going on and not a lot of progression. Some of it is important exposition, and I expect the rest of it will have far more meaning going forward, but for now t After the previous volume's high octane action, Monstress takes a slower approach for the next six issues as Maika meets her father and begins to uncover more of the mystery surrounding the Shaman-Empress and the Monstrum, while Kippa slowly comes into her own. Political maneuvering is the name of the game, with a lot of talking going on and not a lot of progression. Some of it is important exposition, and I expect the rest of it will have far more meaning going forward, but for now this one feels more like a necessary evil than an actual arc of the series. Takeda's art remains flawless, however.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Fafa's Book Corner

    Mini review: Trigger warning: Pretty much everything. DNF I've read all the previous installments, so I was really excited to read this volume! Unfortunately I was utterly disappointed. I've felt that the series has been declining a bit. I was really hoping that this volume would make the wait worth it. Alas it didn't. But you know what? Half truths and mind games can only keep a plot going on for so long. And this was the limit. I don't rec Mini review: Trigger warning: Pretty much everything. DNF I've read all the previous installments, so I was really excited to read this volume! Unfortunately I was utterly disappointed. I've felt that the series has been declining a bit. I was really hoping that this volume would make the wait worth it. Alas it didn't. But you know what? Half truths and mind games can only keep a plot going on for so long. And this was the limit. I don't recommend.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Konstantin

    My average rating for the issues of this installment lands around 3.0, but it simply doesn't feel like a 3-star book to me - even less so when I take into the account that it is the exact same rating I gave to the first volume, which is in an entirely different league than this one. Overall, a slim, unengaging, small-scoped, low-staked - and yes, boring - volume. Personally, it felt like the weakest one in the series by far. If the authors choose to create another installment, hopeful My average rating for the issues of this installment lands around 3.0, but it simply doesn't feel like a 3-star book to me - even less so when I take into the account that it is the exact same rating I gave to the first volume, which is in an entirely different league than this one. Overall, a slim, unengaging, small-scoped, low-staked - and yes, boring - volume. Personally, it felt like the weakest one in the series by far. If the authors choose to create another installment, hopefully it will be more akin to the previous three and not to this one.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Kenneth - PerfectionistWannabe.com

    I love this series. I am an absolute addict and can't wait for the next volume in this series. In this volume, the focus is on Maika's father, aka the Doctor. He is the reason behind Kippa's kidnapping. His goal is to bring Kippa to him in order to lure Maika to him. But Kippa, always feisty that little fox pup, manages to escape by jumping down a large hole where she encounters a Dracul, another god hiding away. Kippa always amazes me how wise she is, yet she is still a pup. She is t I love this series. I am an absolute addict and can't wait for the next volume in this series. In this volume, the focus is on Maika's father, aka the Doctor. He is the reason behind Kippa's kidnapping. His goal is to bring Kippa to him in order to lure Maika to him. But Kippa, always feisty that little fox pup, manages to escape by jumping down a large hole where she encounters a Dracul, another god hiding away. Kippa always amazes me how wise she is, yet she is still a pup. She is the voice of reason while all of the adults talk nonsense. As always, the story is addictive and the artwork is impeccable. Beautifully done.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Bridgette

    This series gets better and better. There was so many answers in this volume, but there are just as many new questions. The artwork, as always, is astounding. Kippa nearly broke me, and I'm so excited to see what happens with her. I do wish there was a summary of sorts at the beginning of what happened in the previous volume and almost a cast of characters like a play has to help keep track of everyone and who is allied with whom and who hates whom.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Marta

    “He is not my father.” “So said every unhappy daughter.” I love this series - despite my dislike of horror. The art is astonishing, the story is complex, the characters are all bad but sometimes they are good, too. You never know what to expect. Gorgeous and very evil women everywhere - many not human. There is deep mythology, complex politics, spying, blood lines, godesses, ancients, monsters... We meet Maika’s father - and he is a piece of work. Kippa gets her own st “He is not my father.” “So said every unhappy daughter.” I love this series - despite my dislike of horror. The art is astonishing, the story is complex, the characters are all bad but sometimes they are good, too. You never know what to expect. Gorgeous and very evil women everywhere - many not human. There is deep mythology, complex politics, spying, blood lines, godesses, ancients, monsters... We meet Maika’s father - and he is a piece of work. Kippa gets her own storyline and comes into her own. The pieces of the story are slowly falling in place, but there is still plenty left to uncover... for instance, what is going on with Tuya? More, please.

  17. 5 out of 5

    rosamund

    A lot of things that sold me on these comics remain strong: the fiery and unapologetically ruthless female lead; the evocative and original art; the detailed and imaginative world-building. However, in some ways I find the story is so complex that it doesn't actually lend itself to the graphic form: it's constantly a challenge to figure out what's happening and who is who. I feel like I need to take notes! That being said, I enjoyed this volume, and found it an intriguing mixture of aestheticall A lot of things that sold me on these comics remain strong: the fiery and unapologetically ruthless female lead; the evocative and original art; the detailed and imaginative world-building. However, in some ways I find the story is so complex that it doesn't actually lend itself to the graphic form: it's constantly a challenge to figure out what's happening and who is who. I feel like I need to take notes! That being said, I enjoyed this volume, and found it an intriguing mixture of aesthetically pleasing and extremely gross.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Devann

    As with volume 3, I love it but have very little idea what is actually going on. And it's even worse this time because apparently it's been over a YEAR since the last volume came out? Are they publishing an issue every other month? What an awful plan. Anyway, still some good stuff here and it's interesting to meet Maika's father and get some insight into him, although of course it comes with more confusing double crosses and a different side in this war I don't entirely understand so ...one step As with volume 3, I love it but have very little idea what is actually going on. And it's even worse this time because apparently it's been over a YEAR since the last volume came out? Are they publishing an issue every other month? What an awful plan. Anyway, still some good stuff here and it's interesting to meet Maika's father and get some insight into him, although of course it comes with more confusing double crosses and a different side in this war I don't entirely understand so ...one step forward two steps back I guess. But I still have a great time reading it and the art is absolutely gorgeous. I think this is going to be one of those series where I have to go back and reread it after it finishes to really understand it.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    I continue to enjoy this series, but it had been a while since I had read this one so wasn't quite sure where we left off. This one was a bit more telling than showing, which isn't a fave given the visual medium but it's so freaking beautiful that I don't mind one bit. I wasn't a fan of the father character (view spoiler)[and I know you aren't supposed to be (hide spoiler)] , mostly as the world has been almost exclusively women up to this point, I didn't I continue to enjoy this series, but it had been a while since I had read this one so wasn't quite sure where we left off. This one was a bit more telling than showing, which isn't a fave given the visual medium but it's so freaking beautiful that I don't mind one bit. I wasn't a fan of the father character (view spoiler)[and I know you aren't supposed to be (hide spoiler)] , mostly as the world has been almost exclusively women up to this point, I didn't even understand that there would... be fathers. It pulls the story back to a relationship dynamic that we see a lot, whereas before I felt like anything was possible. Definitely will continue to the series, love all the reoccuring characters and am always happy to see them. Kippi is, and will likely always be, my fave. Although Master Ren is close second :)

  20. 5 out of 5

    Josh

    This team of creators continues to produce one of the most intricate, beautiful, unsettling, rich comics I've ever encountered. With with machinations and worldbuilding to match any fantasy novel, "The Chosen" sees the world reeling from disaster and poised on the brink of chaos. The factions are forming, lines are being drawn, and there are few left in the world who believe that peace is still possible. There are moments of difficulty in reading this series that mostly come from the gaps of tim This team of creators continues to produce one of the most intricate, beautiful, unsettling, rich comics I've ever encountered. With with machinations and worldbuilding to match any fantasy novel, "The Chosen" sees the world reeling from disaster and poised on the brink of chaos. The factions are forming, lines are being drawn, and there are few left in the world who believe that peace is still possible. There are moments of difficulty in reading this series that mostly come from the gaps of time between volumes. There's quite a lot to keep track of, but the writing does an effective job of moving steadily forward while reminding the reader of what has come before. And the art. There are not enough good things to say about the art in this series. In every regard, Monstress is a masterwork achievement.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ben

    Yet another fantastic installment in this exceptional series!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sara Jovanovic

    Weakest volume so far, although I still read it in one sitting. I'm just curious about when does the next one come out, the wait for this series is endless.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    I loved the Kippa storyline!

  24. 5 out of 5

    rosalind williamson

    this series always leaves me a little confused but the art is wildly gorgeous and the plot is cool. a bit less action and more exposition/worldbuilding in this volume, which is fine by me; worldbuilding is always like, the first five things in my top ten list of what i love about sff. and it’s nice to take a breather from the ultraviolence—the art is so vivid that this series’s graphic imagery can be a bit overwhelming.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ryan

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Really enjoying this series and volume, and excited to see what happens after the blowing up of the holy city of Atrum and the ever impending war between the human federation and Arcanum courts. I enjoyed learning more about Malika Halfwolfs monstrum, and also the little foxes innate Arcanic ability developing, especially as it allows for her to see “people’s” true forms. For a comic series the level of world building and lore is extensive and feels fresh and different to many others within the Really enjoying this series and volume, and excited to see what happens after the blowing up of the holy city of Atrum and the ever impending war between the human federation and Arcanum courts. I enjoyed learning more about Malika Halfwolfs monstrum, and also the little foxes innate Arcanic ability developing, especially as it allows for her to see “people’s” true forms. For a comic series the level of world building and lore is extensive and feels fresh and different to many others within the fantasy genre, especially being more East Asian influenced. The dialogue feels well written although some characters suffer from being purely one dimensional at times. Altogether a great volume and can’t wait to see where the story gets taken next, and I’ll never get tired of looking at the amazing artwork. 4/5

  26. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    Individual issue reviews: #19 | #20 | #21 | #22 | #23 | #24 Current review score: 3.5

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jamie Connolly

    Certainly one of the most beautiful books out there. Also the scope of the story is as massive as the number of characters. The characters are also very different and consistent. It's a big undertaking with a lot of backstory and mythology. Probably one of the best books around. Also I got Marjorie Liu and Sana takeda to sign my books at nycc this weekend. I accidentally cut the line and Marjorie gave me a dirty look. She's pretty hot actually. So I gave this book an extra star. 5 stars.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Navya

    Some questions were answered, many more raised. The art remains as fantastic as ever. Can't wait for the next one

  29. 5 out of 5

    Václav

    (2,5 of 5 at most) I understand the hype about Monstress but I deny it's so perfect. I believe it can approach the readers of Big two's comics primarily thanks to the distinctive art of Sana Takeda. And art is the first thing I will target today. My first experience with Monstress has the wow effect. But eventually, I started to be annoyed by the art. One thing which annoyed me was the sloppiness. Besides the detailed parts of the drawings were also a lot of shoddy parts, looking like basic (2,5 of 5 at most) I understand the hype about Monstress but I deny it's so perfect. I believe it can approach the readers of Big two's comics primarily thanks to the distinctive art of Sana Takeda. And art is the first thing I will target today. My first experience with Monstress has the wow effect. But eventually, I started to be annoyed by the art. One thing which annoyed me was the sloppiness. Besides the detailed parts of the drawings were also a lot of shoddy parts, looking like basic sketches which instead of redrawing to final form was just inked. And that contradiction in many panels is annoying for me. Pretty "art deco" drawings, neat lines, nicely coloured right beside something which 2-year old would draw. But there was something more I couldn't put finger on until now. Do you know Blacksad? The art was so perfect thanks to Juanjo Guarnido's almost obsessive work with shadows, highlights and lightning, composing all scenes both with artists and a professional photographers eye. Well, Sana Takeda's art is completely the opposite. The shadows and highlights feel completely random which only decrease any feeling of 3D space (together with very little usage of perspective). That's a surprising outcome from someone who worked as a 3D CGI designer. For me, this art is just shoddily made. As for the story, I hoped this book to kick the series back. But in the end, it felt like "filler". There is so much talking it sometimes felt more like an illustrated book than comics book. I have a hard time to comprehend that for example mentioned Blacksad has 4,3 and this 4,2 here on Goodreads. There isn't 0,1 difference. There are a few parsecs between them.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Anniken Haga

    Am writing on my phone, for the second timw, so pardon any weird grammar. For me, this was the best instalment yet. This is the first time I feel like I've actually seen a full plot, and I felt included in the story for the first time. The events of this book were the last pieces I needed to get a full picture of what is going on and truly understand what needs to happen. Am considering going back and changing previous books rating down a little. Also, I think I'm finally s Am writing on my phone, for the second timw, so pardon any weird grammar. For me, this was the best instalment yet. This is the first time I feel like I've actually seen a full plot, and I felt included in the story for the first time. The events of this book were the last pieces I needed to get a full picture of what is going on and truly understand what needs to happen. Am considering going back and changing previous books rating down a little. Also, I think I'm finally starting to like Maika. Question, though: Isn't the whole point of political marriage to merge the two bloodlines in a child? So how does it work when two women get married? The politics of it seems thin to me, although I don't mind the LGBT+ aspect.

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