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A Lead Role in a Cage

Monstress, book 4

By Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda  

29 May, 2020

Doing What the WFC Cannot Do


2019’s Monstress, Volume 41, collects issues 19 – 24 of Marjorie Lui’s ongoing epic fantasy comic. The series is drawn by Sana Takeda.

Having saved the city of Pontus and the world in general from a cosmic horror from beyond the stars, Maika Halfwolf sets out to rescue her small friend, fox girl Kippa, who was betrayed by a trusted friend and carried off in the previous installment. 

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What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger

Monstress, book 1

By Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda  

8 Mar, 2019

Doing What the WFC Cannot Do

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Monstress, Book One1 collects the first eighteen issues of Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda’s epic secondary-universe fantasy manga. 

The semi-magical Arcanics are descended from godlike beings. When properly processed, their body parts can be transformed into the extremely useful substance Lilium. The humans, in particular the witches of the Cumaea, see the Arcanics as beasts fit only for slavery or for slow, painful conversion into Lilium. The Arcanics disagree. Hence the seemingly endless wars between the Arcanics and the Federation of Man. 

The most recent war ended when the entire city of Constantine and all within it were burned from the face of the planet. Believing this was a work of a new Arcanic weapon, the Federation agreed to peace … for the moment. 

Which gets us to one-armed Maika, an Arcanic who when we first meet her is about to sold into slavery or worse. 

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