Monstress #34 Review

by Nick Devonald on May 25, 2021

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

In a series where every issue tells an incredible and epic story, the art is consistently stunning, and there hasn’t been a single bad issue it’s difficult to have an issue which stands apart from the rest of the series. This issue manages it. It stands apart from previous issues in terms of big changes to the story, as well as artistically.

Desperate circumstances in this issue mean there are some desperate measures attempted, all of which will have repercussions for the series going forward. Probably top of the list however revolves around a conversation between Maika and Zinn. Forced together against their will, their strained relationship has been a key factor throughout the series. Here they manage to have an honest chat and make an important decision together. Frustratingly it’s too early to tell what the repercussions will be going forward but it’s an exciting time to be a Monstress fan.

The scale of the story Marjorie Liu is telling continues to astound. Comics rarely, if ever, achieve the feat of telling a tale as epic as this to rival the biggest fantasy stories. It feels like the story, 34 issues in, is only just starting to kick off now. It’s gone up a gear and the wait for next months issue will be excruciating. Questions which have been lurking since the first issue are slowly getting answers now, and it feels like many of the outstanding mysteries will soon be answered.

The last issue ended with the Wolf Queen being affected by the gas launched at Ravenna at the conclusion of the prior issue. As a result of this most of the issue features Zinn and the Wolf Queen fighting, the gas lurking in the background, and is filled with chaotic lines that really capture the insanity of the fight, looks incredible and separates it from the typical look of the comic. Sana Takeda’s art is always unbelievably good and it makes a nice change to see a different spin on it. But it isn’t just the crazy action that looks good, when the comic slows down a little it’s the character moments which really stand out, and Takeda does an incredible job as always of showing us how the characters are feeling. There is a fantastic new design for a character she reveals near the end of the issue which is outstanding.

Fans of Monstress won’t need any encouraging to pick this issue up, but this is one of the best issues of the series yet which is high praise indeed. One of the easiest 10/10 ever awarded. It’s fair to see this issue involves numerous changes which will have huge ramifications going forward, and it manages to separate itself artistically from the previous issues as well, no mean feat. Monstress continues to tell one of the biggest tales in comics.

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