Monstress is a new comic book series written by Marjorie M. Liu and illustrated by the talented Sana Takeda. The first issue introduces the vengeful Maika Halfwolf, a young woman who sets out on a journey to punish everyone who was involved in her mother’s death.
In Maika’s world, humans, mutants and monster live side by side. Unfortunately, the humans dominate the monsters and this has lead to war between the three species. Since Maika has a psychic connection to a monster, she finds herself in the middle of a deadly conflict between the humans as well as their otherworldly foes.
Maika’s story engulfs you, especially as she tries to control her own inner darkness or struggles against the humans’ prejudice against the Arcanics. Her flaws also make her an interesting character. Even though Maika loses one arm, she still manages to be a formidable warrior who stops at nothing to avenge her mother.
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When we think of the ocean most of us immediately think of a lazy summer day napping on a beach or frolicking in the waves. What we don’t consider is that there might be some horrific monster lurking just beneath the surface.
In the new comic series The Wake by Scott Snyder, the heroine of the tale is a marine biologist named Lee Archer whose life is turned upside down when the Department of Homeland Security begs for her help from an unspecified new threat. Lee laughs them off, but her laughter goes cold when she realizes they won’t take no for an answer. Before she knows it, the department has her diving into the icy depths of the Arctic Circle’s waters, where she will come face-to-face with a never-before-seen horror.
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Amanda Connor’s Harley Quinn: Hot in the City offers a different perspective on the Joker’s deranged girlfriend. After the Joker blows up her storage locker, Harley Quinn is forced to an apartment building given to her by a former patient. Even though the rent from her new tenants does provide a small bit of income, Harley’s forced to work as a psychologist once more. Of course, nothing in the life of the Clown Prince of Crime’s girlfriend is easy: someone has put a bounty on her head and is looking to murder her while, at the same time, she finds herself in a romantic entanglement with Poison Ivy.
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Even though comic purists have grown used to the fact that Clark Kent/Superman was in love with Lois Lane and would never, ever leave her, what would happen if he fell in love with another woman? And what if that woman was Princess Diana of Themiscrya, known to the wider world as Wonder Woman? That’s exactly the tale Charles Soule set out to tell when he wrote the Superman/Wonder Woman comic series, which revolves around the repercussions of Princess Diana and Clark Kent falling in love.
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In Just So Happens, which is Fumio Obata’s debut graphic novel, he challenges the idea of “home is where your heart is” and examines the pros and cons of being an outsider with his main heroine, Yumiko.
Yumiko is running from her past in Japan and thinks she has it made. She’s living in London and life is good—she’s got a great job, a wonderful boyfriend—plus, her family in Japan is too far away to have any impact on the lifestyle she chooses. However, her orderly world is turned on its head when her brother calls her with bad news: their father passed away recently in a mountaineering accident. Once Yumiko arrives in Toyko, she finds herself immersed in the traditional Japanese rituals surrounding life and death. She must also confront her past and make a choice about where her home, and her heart, truly lies.
Thanks to Obata’s delicate but powerful illustrations and the wondrous way in which he weaves his tale, readers will be sucked into Yumiko’s journey. Dignified and nuanced, Just So Happens is a spectacular page-turner that shows off both Obata’s art and his writing.
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