Monstress, volume 1 by Marjorie M. Liu

Monstress, Volume 1: Awakening
by Marjorie M. Liu

A girl in an alternate Asia is just trying to survive when she discovers she has a connection with a powerful monster.

Everything about this is interesting. The world has a complex history with different races, the characters all have their own motivations, and the art is beautiful. Most of the world is explained between each issue in a history lesson from a talking cat, which was odd, but also really helpful. I liked this a lot, but the confusion of figuring out who’s who made me rate it a little lower. Now that I have a better grasp of the world, I plan to re-read this before continuing on to volume 2 after its release this summer.