My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Publisher: Image Comics
Recommended Age: 16+
Genres & Themes: Adult, Comics, Fantasy, Horror
In this second volume of Monstress, collecting issues 7-12, Maika’s quest takes her to the pirate-controlled city of Thyria and across the sea to the mysterious Isle of Bones. It is a journey that will force Maika to reevaluate her past, present, and future, and contemplate whether there’s anyone, or anything, she can truly trust–including her own body.
I finished the first volume with stars in my eyes. Yes, I was pretty confused, even by the end of it, but I told myself that it didn’t matter since the artwork was splendid and it was only the first tome so there was still time for everything to make sense.
But here I am, still confused. I started reading this one and immediately I didn’t know what was going on. The problem with this comic series is that it’s too thick. In other words, there is too much information given, while not enough actual explanation. It’s like a professor giving you lectures full of theory back-to-back but without taking the time to actually talk about what it means and how to put that theory into practice.
It also gives the impression that the author expects us to understand what’s going on in her head, but we can’t read minds, yo! I don’t know if she overestimates our mind-reading abilities or she truly believes she is being clear.
I am simply tired of being confused. As mentioned, the illustrations deserve five stars – ten even! – and it is an intriguing severely complex world-building, but at some point I have to be honest with myself: I can’t. I can’t. I can’t. Pretty pictures are not enough. My head aches. Every time I feel like I begin to understand what is happening, the author throws in a new surprise – aka a wrecking ball – that messes with mind and, again, I am in the dark.
Part of me wonders whether I am reading this series too fast (I’m not) or don’t pay enough attention to details (I think I am), but the unfortunate truth is that this has never happened to me before with a comic series and I am not unfamiliar with fantasy worlds. So, you know what? I think it really is the author and not me. I applaud anyone who actually understands what is going on in this world because my brain will have none of it. I will move on to other stories that are (hopefully) better developed. I do like the heroine quite a lot, which is one of the two reasons why I can’t give it less than two stars, the other one being the visuals, but that isn’t enough to make me continue with this either.
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