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Monstress, Vol. 3: Haven

(Monstress #3)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  2,112 ratings  ·  322 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
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In this third volume we follow Maika and her gang (mainly consisting of Kippa and Master Ren) as they are still trying to get away from the Blood Queens and thus have no choice but to seek refuge in Tear Shed in Pontus Waters. Tear Shed is a harbour town full of refugees. They have an ancient shield they are desperate to get to work again so they are trying to enlist Maika's help (because of her bloodline) in exchange for granting her and her companions sanctuary.

Thus, old and new characters are
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
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.
Nov 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Art, amazing as always.

Plot, continuing to grow ever more convoluted as new players, places, and powers are added. This isn't exactly a criticism, but I must admit they are hard to keep straight when reading a serial publication over time (like, the black lady with white hair who is a spy? I think was around earlier but that's all I remember). I guess later I can go back and reread for specifics.

I notice that this world has trains, and also uses the adjective "olympian" as in heights. I hadn't
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!!
Dec 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 star

Fantastic art. Love how women-centric this story is.

But I can't always keep track of all the characters, especially the dark-haired women with their faces covered in some way. Hope there is a Monstress character guide somewhere on the net, or I'll be completely lost at some point.
Sabrina Ye
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ehm, dear author, HOW DARE YOU
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.
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...
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
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
Probably a 3.5.

This series continues to be as confusing as ever. The world is too expansive and things are happening in different parts of the world at the same time, but I can’t keep track of them. Nobody’s intentions are entirely clear and I always feel that there are more questions than answers.

Maika hopes for some respite from all the people trying to kill her but she can’t escape her predicament even in the neutral city of Pontus. When more horrors await, it was interesting to see her work
Elizabeth A
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, graphix
The much forecasted war has arrived. Like with most fantasy yarns, there are so many dang factions to try and keep straight in your head, and everyone is playing an angle. Is there anyone you can trust other than Kippa? The urban dictionary should add an image of the little fox in the entries labeled family, loyalty, and friend. With each installment we are introduced to new characters, though at this point I trust no-one. Layers upon layers of intrigue, some secrets revealed while others remain ...more
Dec 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Caro the L. of the H.
Well, I don't know about this story anymore. It sure keeps one's attention, but also it gets more and more annoying with all the "unexpected plot twists" and betrayals. Also pointless gore. The graphic side is still stunning though.
Anna (lion_reads)
Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
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.
C. Varn
Dec 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Marjorie M. Liu is clearly developing a mythology and backstory here, and clearly has it fleshed out like a Hemmingway-inspired iceberg, but often, enough of the peak really isn't showing through for things to not seem unnecessarily cryptic. Maika's development is clearer here as is the god-being within her, but much the plot still seems to wait for threads to connect to fully clarify them. The various factions keep getting more and more byzantine, but Kippa and the cats' plotlines do give reade ...more
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
Travis Duke
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Almost perfect volume 3. Monstress continues to build into a great story and like previous volumes the art work is some of the best out there right now. Maika continues her journey searching for clues about her past and her family and the broken mask fragments. After the island she is now in another city that needs her help with a massive shield built by the shaman empress. I have to admit that keeping up with the lore, character, places, and history is sometimes tough. With that said, it is sti ...more
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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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