On the program we discuss Monstress – the fantasy comic from Image Comics written by Marjorie Liu with art Sana Takeda. It is filled with intricate world-building, complex characters and stunning art that is some of the best being produced in comics today.
It is set in a world of magic and war, populated by humans, immortal beings, hybrid creatures, and many tailed scholarly cats – Montress follows the story of Maika Halfwolf, a teenage Arcanic girl that passes for human but also shares a psychic connection with an ancient demon as she sets off on adventure to find her true origins and her mother’s possibly nefarious motivations, as she comes to grips with the darkness inside her. All the while she is relentlessly pursued by the Cumaea, an order of sorceresses who consume Arcanics’ essence to fuel their power.
Just being and intricate and entertaining story is remarkable enough but what makes Monstress stand out from typical fantasy fare is the fact that it is populated almost entirely by women. Women are the heroes, women are the villains, women are the bystanders and common folk, Women are…everything really. It is a truly groundbreaking work.
In addition we talk about our favorite fantasy comics and digress (shocker!) into other topics including how genres are labeled.
So join us – Paul Matthew Carr and Brian Reese – for a lively and rambling and hopefully entertaining discussion on comics and comic related material.
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