This is #7, for reviews on other issues, click the number :1- 2, 3, 4-6,. This is not the most advantageous place to start the series, but it does have a great synopsis of what has transpired already in the very beginning along with a list of primary characters. I really loved having that page because I always feel like I have to swipe back through the older issues to remember where I was in the story. But I didn’t have to do that this time. As with the other issues, the back cover description doesn’t really give you much to work with:
Eisner-nominated MONSTRESS is back! Maika, Kippa, and Ren journey to Thyria in search of answers to her past… and discover a new, terrible, threat.
It’s a single issue, though, so how much of the story do we expect them to give away here?
This issues is set in Thyria, which is a beautiful city with it’s own rich history and set of characters. It was great to see some more people from Maika’s past. Seizi particularly interested me and not just because he’s a tiger. I love the whole Arcanic thing, it gives the world this whole other edge. Seizi is one of those characters that are great because they aren’t just one thing. I get that his kind of not-one-thing seems a little tropish for now, it’s very pirate with a heart of gold, but if there’s anything I’ve learned about this series, it’s to not trust that the trope will be all there is to any character. I also loved to see Ren a little less sure of himself. Necromancers have always been creepy in other books and he’s almost normalized in this series, other than being a cat. Then there was the Warlord of the Dawn Court. What a title.
Altogether, another great issue from this team of creators. As always, the art and world-building in this series is just unparalleled. They’re doing something new and interesting with the evil matriarchal society and the little hints about the mysterious weapon that no one can figure out. I love the mystery aspect of it. Okay, I love everything about everything.