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Monstress Vol. 1: Awakening

Written by: Art by: Sana Takeda Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Ages 17+ Publisher: Image Comics Release Year: 2016 Length: 208 pages

Set in an alternate matriarchal 1900 's Asia, in a richly imagined world of art deco-inflected steampunk, Monstress tells the story of a teenage girl who is struggling to survive the trauma of war, and who shares a mysterious psychic link with a monster of tremendous power, a connection that will transform them both.

"Remarkable: a beautifully told story of magic and fear.""

Neil Gaiman

"Gaudy beauty and extravagant horror twine around each other, as elegant as their subjects’ sinuous hair and garments..."