Monstress #27 Review

by Nick Devonald on March 24, 2020

Writer: Marjorie Liu
Artist: Sana Takeda
Letters: Rus Wooton

The war that’s been teased since the very beginning of Monstress is finally here, and there's no shying away from the harsh realities of war. The story takes some dark turns, which is in fitting with the brutality of war. Maika has had to make some hard choices, always with the bigger picture in mind, as she takes over the protection of Ravenna. If there’s to be any chance of saving it she’s the one who’ll do it.

It does lead to a confrontation between Maika and Kippa, who now more than ever is acting as her conscience, something that there isn’t always a place for in war. We’re introduced to a host of new and instantly memorable characters. Another highlight of this issue is a scene with recruits lining up for the battle describing their different powers. We haven’t seen much of the regular Arcanics and their different gifts which presents an interesting look at the general population.

Monstress, as a series, has so much going for it. The art is truly outstanding, the story is grand and epic in a way that is rarely told in any medium, incredible characters who you either love, or love to hate. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Something which gets skipped over quite often but is definitely a highlight is the length of the comic. Coming in at 30 pages of story, it’s already nearly 50% longer than a lot of comics from the big two. And it takes longer to read, in part due to not skimping on the dialogue, and because of the incredibly detailed art which you’ll find yourself poring over.

Zinn is begininning to remember more, but everytime he does instead of answering questions it just asks more. It’s starting to feel as though we’re getting close to getting the answers to the mysteries which have been teased since the very beginning.

One of the most enjoyable things about this story arc has been the flashbacks at the start of this issue to the battle of Constantine. It really does do an incredible job of not only showing the harshness of war, but also shows us how Maika ended up the way she is. It highlights how her character has progressed throughout the series as well.

The art is incredible, as always, Sana Takeda’s work here instantly puts her up there with the best comic artists ever. It makes a few of the gorier moments even harder hitting as there’s no shying away from the reality of what’s occurring.

This comic truly transcends the borders of storytelling, it’s such an incredibly well realised, engrossing and epic story that anyone who picks it up, regardless of their feelings towards comics, will find themselves sucked into it. It’s impossible not to care about Maika and her plight, worrying after Kippa in all her naivety, desperate to understand the mysteries at play. In ten years time this will continue to frequently appear on best of lists.

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