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Monstress, Vol. 3: Haven

(Monstress #3)

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  1,227 Ratings  ·  192 Reviews
Maika has spent most of her life learning how to fight, but how will she fare when the only way to save her to make friends?

Collects issues 13-18 of the Hugo Award and British Fantasy Award series.
Paperback, 168 pages
Published September 11th 2018 by Image Comics
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Lenette Because Image Comics's stories are all creator-owned, the series will be as long as Liu and Tanaka want it to be! Unfortunately they haven't confirmed…moreBecause Image Comics's stories are all creator-owned, the series will be as long as Liu and Tanaka want it to be! Unfortunately they haven't confirmed how many volumes the series is going to be, but it hasn't been cancelled. At the moment they are taking a hiatus between story arcs, which is normal for Image. If you're concerned about cost, I'd suggest getting the volumes at your local library when they come out and then splurging on the hardcover (which will combine at least two paperbacks) when it's published (likely sometime next year)! Hope this is helpful :)(less)
Sherri Monstress has an awesome storyline and the artwork is stunning. I find that it can be confusing, though. There are a lot of characters to keep track…moreMonstress has an awesome storyline and the artwork is stunning. I find that it can be confusing, though. There are a lot of characters to keep track of, and the society is complex. If you've read any high fantasy, you can expect that sort of story structure.(less)

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Sep 27, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
The art is gorgeous, but there just wasn't enough clarity in the plot for me to love-love this volume.


Everything that basically everyone says or thinks in Haven is annoyingly cryptic, and/or just when it seems they're about to answer a question, they stop and let their sentence trail off. It got to the point that I wanted to shake the characters and yell at them to say what they mean. Or, at the very least, finish what they were saying!


Maika was having these 'conversations' with Tuya in
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Love the characters in these books!

Mel 🖤🐺🐾
May 19, 2018 marked it as to-read

Vol. 1: Awakening ★★★★★
Vol. 2: The Blood ★★★★★

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Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In a lot of ways, this third volume of Monstress is better than all the rest. But why? Didn't I love the death of Halfwolf's mother or the island or horrors in the second?

Of course I did!

But this third volume is all kinds of great reveals and a wonderful new location that I actually love. I have an investment here. Oh, and god battles kick major butt. :)

The understory is getting SWEET, the conflicts are ramping up great, and war is here! Not just rumors of war or rememberings of past atrocities,
I still don't really follow what's going on in this story. It moves fast and doesn't really connect dots and yet it still draws me in and fascinates me. It is a violent and interesting story who horrible horrors happen and people back stab each other. It does not seem like a very nice world. It's very cut-throat.

We are on a voyage going to some island looking for a mask I think, or pieces of a mask. We learn more about the thing Inside Maika. I do love the little foxgirl. She is my favorite cha
Actual review: 3.5

There's something wrong when I love the artwork more than the story. The artwork is absolutely gorgeous! It is the best I've seen in graphic novels. It's intricate, delicate, with a lot of detail.

The story, however, lacks a good background for understanding. Recently, I've found myself disappointed in graphic novels with a high fantasy story, and it could be that it's a format that doesn't work for me. There is just something lacking in reading a high fantasy story in this for
4.5 stars.

First 2 volumes where on tip to get 5 stars but quite there. Volume 3 goes slightly over that threshold and gets 5 stars. What I like about volume 3 the most is that we see character development in Zinn. He is no longer shapeless Lovecraftian horror (he is not even horror for that matter) but an actual character.

Illustrations are still one of prettiest I seen.
David Schaafsma
From Bitch Planet to Lumberjanes to Monstress, the idea in many girl/woman-centric comics in the present time would seem to be depicting a world with as few men as possible. And if you watched any of the recent Kavanaugh SCOTUS hearings, it may have crossed your mind to envision this kind of future, too: How can we get rid of all these vicious, aging mean-spirited representatives of the patriarchy that is destroying women and the planet? The tones differ; Bitch Planet (for adult women) is snarky ...more
Elise (TheBookishActress)
if you need a refresher on the plot of this series, I would totally recommend reading Melanie's two fantastically detailed wrap-ups!
Kim Dyer
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-comics
I am still really enjoying this series. The art is still beautiful - some of the best that I have ever seen in a graphic novel - and I adore the world-building and principal cast. However, I am starting to feel as though there is something lacking. Now that we are three volumes into the series, I would expect it to be building to something. Yet, there isn't a clear sense of that. The world is still deep and immersive, but that lack of focus makes me sometimes feel lost.

I also sometimes struggle
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Why would you do this Marjorie Liu?! THAT WAS EVIL AND I NEED VOLUME 4!!
Sabrina Ye
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ehm, dear author, HOW DARE YOU
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm so, so excited for this - pre-ordered my copy last week, August can't get here fast enough tbh!!

4.5 + RTC later! I don't think I've read a graphic novel series with more gorgeous art than this one, it's absolutely stunning. The character designs are some of my all-time faves from any series tbqh.

One tiny somewhat spoilery thing I have to mention:
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This series is amazing and I still love it dearly, but it's just getting to the point where I often have no idea what is going on and I'm not sure if that's on me or the author [or maybe a bit of both]. And there's a thing in the front of each volume that has character descriptions but it's of the characters that you DEFINITELY already know who they are [Maika, Ren, etc] whereas I'm trying to remember all these 500 side characters who all look vaguely alike and are all apparently up to something ...more
To quote the poets... holy fucking shit...
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
honestly the art in this series doesn't make up for the fact that like 99% of the time I have no idea wtf is going on. Not going to continue.
So this series continues to be absolutely beautiful to look at. I can't get over the perfect blend of traditional art and manga styles. Its something that seems like it absolutely should not work and yet it does. Its like they know right where to draw the line between too cartoony and cutesy and absurd levels of hyper violence and you get this almost entirely new kind of graphic story telling.

But...I'd like the story to start moving just a bit. As book three begins the Arcanics (magical creature
Anna (lion_reads)
Love it. The art in this volume exceeds even that of the other two beautiful volumes. The story finally gains some ground and the stakes are raised. Just lovely.
Sep 18, 2018 rated it liked it

This volume had some cool developments in the story and I enjoyed it, though less so than the previous entries. One of my biggest issues after finishing volume 2 was not feeling like I quite understood where the story was going. I feel a bit more on track with that now and so my rating has paradoxically gone up a bit despite the fact I enjoyed this particular volume a bit less. The ending to this volume was also pretty cool and adds into that consideration, even if holistically the volume was
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Muy bueno como siempre. Esta vez mientras leía el principio pensaba en que el efecto de la historia no sería tan impactante si no fuera por las ilustraciones espectaculares de Sana Takeda. Son un complemento perfecto para los diálogos que a veces son un tanto difíciles de seguir de tanto nombre y tejemaneje político.
Creí que el enganche del final iba a ser diferente (view spoiler) pero aún así
Oct 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the 3rd volume in the Monstress series. While this graphic novel series continues to have an amazing story and some spectacular world-building, what really sets it apart is the phenomenal illustration throughout.

In this volume Maika flees to Pontus to find safety for herself and her companions. Pontus needs help fixing their shield and when Maika accidentally destroys it she finds herself venturing deep into the depths of her monster’s mistress’s laboratory to find parts meant to fix it
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Although I still can’t really tell you about what is going on, the art is so mesmerizing that it does not matter. There is lots of blood and gore and evil monsters - most of them absolutely gorgeous women in breathtaking steampunk art-deco surroundings. Love it. Give me more.
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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While I agree with other reviews that Haven was often hard to follow... honestly, the quality of craft in every volume of Monstress is so high that I still can't deduct a star. Even when I only understand half of what's going on, I don't really mind, because in this case it just feels like further evidence of the astonishing richness of the world and story, and I absolutely trust Marjorie Liu to help me make sense of it somewhere down the line.

I did definitely leave this book wanting to binge-re
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ithil-lee-comics
I love this series.
And after the third volume I love it even more. The scrip is amazing, the drawing is breath taking and the plot is complex, well designed and very original. I have absolutely nothing bad to say about it. Not even if I try really hard.

This third volume, although it starts a bit slow, it quickly develops some speed and ends up telling us a lot of new things. It goes deeper into the lore, and the actual consequences of all into the present. We definitely know more about Maika, an
Oct 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I like this series, but reading them as trade paperbacks has been challenging since each volume has had at least a 1 year gap since the previous volume. I spent a bit of time trying to remember what was going on though this volume wasn't too tricky to pick back up as is the case with some series. Beautiful art as always. Curious to see where the story is going. I guess I'll find out in Fall/Winter of 2019.
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
This series continues to be one of the most remarkable graphics being produced. It unfolds with the complexity and detail of a full fantasy novel accompanied by absolutely stunning artwork.

With the length of time between volumes, it does strike me as a bit of a task to keep up with the full scope of the story and the characters involved, but Liu does well tying the various story threads together. Monstress is a dark, sometimes unsettling high fantasy adventure with quietly effective moments of
Sep 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
I have literally no idea what's going on. It's very exposition heavy, like the other two volumes. However it reads like the fifth book in a 12 book cycle, like there's a bunch of stuff you should know by now and not have explained to you. Problem is, this series never explained anything very well at all. The art is always the highlight of Monstress, definitely not the story. It's very refreshing that like 90% of the characters are women in a very matriarchal society. There's lots of bisexual and ...more
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-bookshelf
This series continues to astonish me!
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“He didn’t say you were a good person. He said you were a hero. There’s a difference.”

GAAAAAH. I THINK THIS WAS THE BEST IN THE SERIES. It was more action-packed, less of a hunt for answers and more of a fight to stop a war. I love little fox and her innocence and compassion and the addition of a more fully-formed Zinn. It brought levity, and it was kind of awesome how Maika teamed up with the old god. There are still more questions that I have, and as always with a new volume, I'm going to have
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New York Times bestselling and award-winning writer Marjorie Liu is best known for her fiction and comic books. She teaches comic book writing at MIT, and she leads a class on Popular Fiction at the Voices of Our Nation (VONA) workshop.

Ms. Liu is a highly celebrated comic book writer. Her extensive work with Marvel includes the bestselling Dark Wolverine series, NYX: No Way Home, X-23, and Black

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  • Monstress, Vol. 2: The Blood (Monstress, #2)
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