Over the years there have been numerous comics that with all their brutality and gore have captured their reader’s attention and imagination, and while there have been some greats and some flops, few have been able to capture that brutality quite as beautifully as Marjorie M. Liu and Sana Takeda have with Monstress.

So let’s give you a little background info before we dive into all the finer things.

Monstress revolves around our main protagonist Maika Halfwolf who is struggling with the aftermath of war while also trying to solve the mystery as to what she holds inside her.

The story is set in a beautifully imagined alternate 1900’s Asia which is governed by various Races all trying to get their place in the world or in some cases, rule all as they see fit. The world is amidst a war and the times are filled with cruelty, slavery, and racism between the races and their factions.

We have the humans who seemingly govern themselves, but are actually overseen by the Cumaea, a powerful organization of witch-nuns.  On the other side of the wall, we see the Ancients and the Ancient halfbreeds known as the Arcanics.
Marjorie Liu does a brilliant job at telling a story with so much depth that it allows for an enormous collection of characters and locations that have such uniqueness to them that you can’t help but want to know every one of them.

The one thing that is slightly frustrating with the expansive world and history that Lui builds, is that she does very little in the beginning to hold the reader’s hand. However just as your niggling questions of who, what and where becomes unbearable, she offers answers through various historical lectures given by the delightful Professor Tam Tam.

As with every comic or TP, you will read, with a great story there is usually great art and Monstress is no different.

The amazing artwork of Sana Takeda not only brings life to Liu’s story but enhances it into a perfect world for you to completely invest yourself in. Takeda’s world is teeming with Art-deco steampunk flair and does nothing but add just the right feel for the story, highlighting the vast difference between the races and factions and the worlds they each live in.
Now that you have an idea how vast and beautiful the world is that you’ll be diving into, let’s get a bit more in-depth with Volume One: Awakening.  Hopefully, there won’t be any spoilers, but for those of you who are worried, beware and skip this next section.

Volume One: Awakening starts us off straight in the middle of the more gritty and cruel side of the story with Maika, our protagonist, in chains in the midst of being auctioned off as a slave.

Here we get to see just how much the classes differ and how the races view one another, and we are also introduced to the Cumaea and the power that they command in the world. The story then takes a quicker pace and we learn why and what Maika is doing here in the first place, right before rushing into complete bloodbath delivered by her hand.

As the story progresses we then learn Maika is not only looking for revenge but also answers as to what the darkness that lives inside of her is.

The darkness within her is then revealed in a very tragic way and we discover that she is possibly the most pivotal component to turning the tide in this stalemate war that the races are locked in.

From then on Maika is on the run from the Cumaea, and we are introduced to the Dusk Court, a faction of Arcanics trying to prevent the destruction of their world and the shift of power into the wrong hands.

In the end, we discover the truth about the darkness residing within Maika… and that she is not the only one with this.

Now don’t get me wrong, Monstress for all the praise that I have given it, is not perfect in any way but it is very close to it.

If you’re looking for something that’s a little more complex, with a boatload of depth and don’t mind feeling your way through a story until it kindly reveals some of the missing bits, then Monstress is definitely for you.

Have a look at some of the issues of Monstress that are in-stock or drop an email and ask us to get it for you.

If you have read Monstress then leave a comment or your own review down below, we would love to hear what your take is on it.


Wayward Vol. 1

You know that feeling when you see something, however quickly, and you just KNOW that you are going to love it?  Well, that is 100% how I felt about Wayward from the second I laid my eyes on it.

Now, I’m going to be honest with you here, I couldn’t stop at just Vol. 1 – in the last day, I have read every. single. issue. and I regret NOTHING.

But for the purpose of reviewing it, I’m going to be splitting it up by TP’s (I couldn’t wait but now I have power to make you wait – mwahaha).

It’s hard to know where I should start talking about Wayward, it’s all just too damn amazing and I feel like I could ramble on about it for ages.

So let’s start by talking about the people responsible for this beautiful work of art:

Jim Zub, the author, has worked with just about anyone you can think of, from Marvel, DC and Image to Dark Horse, IDW and Dynamite – as far as I’m concerned all of that was just a warm-up for Wayward which he describes as Buffy, set in Japan, with Monsters.

Jim is joined by Steve Cummings, the artist, Steven has worked on Elektra, New Excaliber, Flash, Deadshot and Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight.

If that’s not enough to tell you that this comic is going to blow your mind then… well… just continue reading I guess?!

Wayward Vol. 1 includes issues 1 – 5

I’m going to try my best to not give away any spoilers.

The story starts with us meeting Rori Lane, Rori comes from a Japanese mother and an Irish father with whom she’s been living in Ireland following her parent’s divorce.  We start to follow her life just as she’s landed in Japan for the first time, on her way to her mother’s apartment to start a whole new life.

The moment she lands, things start to get complicated.  Rori has always had an eye for patterns, now it seems like she LITERALLY has an eye for patterns, seeing mysterious red lines, visible only to her which lead her to mysterious places, and into mysterious people around the city.

Rori soon bumps into a strange, cat loving, blue-haired girl called Ayane and soon discovers that she’s not the only one who’s ‘different’ around town.

The story has an exceptionally fun, manga type feel to it but it can get really serious and dark in the same breath.

We find out that Rori cuts to deal with the antianxiety and fear of being different, and she’s not the only one struggling to cope either.  As the group of ‘special’ ones grows we find out that even when you’re special, you still have insecurities and fears – only now you have to battle those personal demons while battling real life demons too all while trying to figure out who you are.

And that’s pretty much all I feel like I can share about this first volume without spoiling too much, also we’re at the end of the review now so why are you still here? Go grab your copy now and let me know what you think down bellow!


I usually try my absolute best to avoid getting comic books right as they come out, same way I try and avoid new TV series as well.  It’s because I’m a bing-er,  I love nothing more than cuddling up on a couch or in my bed, picking up my comic or turning on my TV and not stopping until the whole series is done.

But sometimes, on that rare occasion, a series looks just too good for me to be okay with missing my seat on that initial hype train.  Such was the case when Extremity appeared on the scene.

Created and Illustrated by just one man, Danial Warren Johnson, and coloured by Mike Spicer we have something magic here.

Daniel, who you probably know from his web-comic Space Mullet has had a successful career as a writer, artist and illustrator having worked with Marvel, DC, Dark Horse and Image Comics in the past.  When I found out he would be writing and drawing Extremity on his own, I was beyond excited.  There is just something about knowing that everything that you read or see is HIS that really bonds you to the comic.

Colorist Mike Spicer also seems like the perfect addition to this project, having worked on titles such as Suicide Squad: Most Wanted Deadshot, Mad Max: Fury Road, Mythic, Head Lopper, Dead Drop, Silent Hill, and Sons of Anarchy.

Together they have the perfect synergy to really capture the fast-paced, riveting essence of Extremity.

What is Extremity?

Extremity is one bloody, gory, brutal AF battle, and that’s just Episode 1. When you open the comic you are instantly thrown into the story, the girl you see on the cover, Thea, alongside her father (a chieftain) and sibling are on a journey of revenge. Their home village was attacked, among the lost was her mother, her right hand, her childhood and her innocence.  She used to be one of her villages great artists, but all of that was stolen from her.

This is a story about finding yourself, standing up for who you are and revenge. The comic is dark, rough, violent, a bit gross and very intriguing. Taken on the journey with Thea and her remaining family, you are faced with two very different paths on the same side of the battle; the one that wants vengeance at any cost and the one that wants a better life.

Where will these paths lead and what lies in store?  I hate the fact that I have to wait to find out, I need to know! Now!

Wayward Vol. 2

Welcome back to Wayward.  This time we will be talking about Vol. 2. If you’re here with me then I’m guessing you’ve either read my review of Vol. 1 or you’ve read the previous volume for yourself, if not, then I highly suggest you do because here there be spoilers.

Still here even though there’s a spoiler warning? Okay well your choice, let me catch you up quickly.

Wayward is a comic collection brought to us by author Jim Zub and artist Steve Cummings.  They are big deals.  Trust me.

The story revolves around a small group of ‘gifted’ teenagers with ‘superpowers’.  It’s been described by the author as “Buffy, set in Japan, with Monsters”

Okay, so now that you’re basically caught up, let’s move onto Vol. 2 (episodes 6-10).




But it’s right there, in the aftermath of the tragedy that rocked us at the end of Vol. 1, that our story continues.

Everything is connected by this giant web that is reality, and things are quickly becoming unraveled.

The world has changed, Rori and Shirai are both gone, missing, considered dead.  The job of hunting down the evil monsters who plague the streets is left to Ayane, the girl who is made of cats and Nikaido the boy who manipulates emotions.

There is also someone new on the scene, we get to meet, a typical ‘good, well mannered and normal’ girl, Emi Ohara, who it turns out, is anything but.

Ohara can manipulate certain types of matter and she knows something about Rori.

Now we’re left with the burning question, how do they all fit together in this web of reality and are they changing the fate of Japan forever.

I absolutely loved this volume, just as much, if not more than I did volume 1.

I can’t wait to see more threads of this story to come together and share it all with you.