Monstress #4

Writer: Marjorie M. Liu Artist: Sana Takeda Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: March 16, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 15
8.9Critic Rating
9.3User Rating

Maika's world becomes even more dangerous.

  • 10
    Spartantown - Enrique Rea Mar 18, 2016

    'Monstress' is one for the ages. As epic as it aims to be with stunning visuals and evocative storytelling. This is one series that should be bought in print and held in one's hands to truly appreciate it. Liu and Takeda have poured their souls into 'Montress' the least you can do is add it to your pull list.  Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Pablo Arriaga Mar 17, 2016

    Monstress #4 is an issue that is both revelatory and quick paced. It delivers in continuing the overall story surrounding Maika, and her personal goal and the mystery inside her. Sana Takeda delivers both in the gory and horrifying aspects, as well as the cute and fun (short lived) moments. I have said it since the first issue and will continue to do so, there's no reason as to why Monstress shouldn't be on your pull box already. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Comicsverse - Mair Sierra Mar 19, 2016

    If you've been taken captive and are in awe of the story so far, I highly recommendgrabbing #4 when you can. For anyone interested in the story, just like I was prior to this review, pick it up and become immersed. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    We The Nerdy - Dennis Burns Mar 21, 2016

    In short, I love this book: the detailed and gorgeous world that Takeda is clearly having a ball drawing each month, the strong and frightening females who all seem to be harboring bloody pasts that no one seems to want to talk about, and the monster, of course. That many-eyed monster who has taken up residence in Maika and won't be letting go anytime soon. Then again, with enemies like the Cumaean, and the newest character introducedon the last page of this issue (Who is the Dusk Court? What is a Night Cutter? So cool!), I bet Maika and her monster will be thick as thieves before long. As a reader, I wouldn't have it any other way. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge May 16, 2016

    Monstress is a fantastic realization of world building in comics while also telling the story of the characters themselves. It's blending the two in the right way without favoring one over the other in an unbalanced way. They complement and build each other and that ends up creating something that's complex (but not complicated) where you have to work at it just a bit to really engage with it. This is not a casual read but something you sit down to absorb and realize that you will be revisiting past installments regularly to find new context and connections and become even more engaged with it. Liu and Takeda are master weavers with this work right out of the gate and I'm fearful of how it'll be with a couple of years of issues under their belt as it builds into the endgame. Fantastic stuff worth being here from the start for. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Graphic Policy - Madison Butler Mar 16, 2016

    Both visually and story-wise, Monstress continues to be one of Images most unique publications. The next two issues will be released monthly, after the short break between Monstress #3 and #4. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Carrie McClain Mar 21, 2016

    Reading on further reveals just a tad bit more of the mysterious backstory of the…thing that lives within Maikaand a better idea of the vast hunger it has. It's one of the more terrifying entities in this comic book and whenever it attaches to her, things get out of hand fast. And usually it's a mess. At times she's reduced to just being dragged along as it hungers and annihilates. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - Levi Hunt Mar 17, 2016

    With the art as beautiful as ever, and the story continuing to unfold in exciting new ways, this remains one of the best new series around. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Noah Sharma Mar 18, 2016

    Monstress #4 is, by far, my favorite issue of this series so far. Admittedly it still feels a bit like Marjorie Liu is struggling between a desire to tell us everything and keep everything a closely guarded secret, but the balance is much stronger this month and the choice to split the politics and inner struggle into two separate sequences works wonders. Sana Takeda hasn't missed a beat yet and it seems like she's not going to any time soon. Though the ingredients still don't fully combine, this is an indisputably artful comic on every level and a hint towards the great things this book may have in store. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jennifer Cheng Mar 21, 2016

    Liu and Takeda are still building a sprawling fantasy epic, but their approach in "Monstress" #4 has already hit a great balance between the personal and the political. Maika's struggle with the Monstrum is both visceral and moral; she is battling for control of both her body and her soul. Artfully, the disagreement between the Queen of Wolves and Alia is also one of both sovereignty and principles. The war between the Cumaea, the Federation and the Arcanic Lands are linked to Maika's quest by themes of identity, trust and compromise, deceit and revenge. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Wednesday Comics - Marvin Salguero Mar 29, 2016

    Again, Takeda is truly doing some great work in this issue. We get an amazing dream sequence at the start of the second act of the book that is has some great panel and line work. Takeda's design of the monster hiding in Maika really is terrifying and threatening. You feel for Maika each time her body betrays her and lets the monster out. Read Full Review

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