Hey all, Dani here.
As this post goes live I will have taken a pause in my reading for Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon to host a session of Dungeons & Dragons. For once my boyfriend is getting to play, because I’m the Dungeon Master this time around. If everything goes well, we won’t run the session for 12+ hours so I can get a few more hours of reading time in later.
But anyway, I’m back with a couple more comic mini-reviews so let’s just get started.
Set in an alternate matriarchal 1900’s Asia, in a richly imagined world of art deco-inflected steam punk, MONSTRESS tells the story of a teenage girl who is struggling to survive the trauma of war, and who shares a mysterious psychic link with a monster of tremendous power, a connection that will transform them both and make them the target of both human and otherworldly powers.
Summary (Vox Machina)
Scanlan and Grog loot a shark-man temple in the swamp outside Stilben. Returning to the city, they’re almost killed by assassins and then almost arrested by the Watch! What the hell is going on in Stilben? And what does this pompous sorcerer want?
• Based on the hit show from Geek & Sundry!
Ratings: Monstress (4 stars) and Vox Machina (5 stars)
I read Monstress last week during Readathon by Zoe, and the artwork is stunning. The story plot was intriguing and I did read this rather quickly because I didn’t really want to put it down for too long. What ended up reducing the rating for me was that the world-building and how that connected to the plot was so wonderfully complex that after reading this first volume, I am still really trying to wrap my mind around all of it. A lot of the information was practically dumped on us over the course of the first volume and it felt like a bit much. I’m still really looking forward to reading Volume 2 though.
Vox Machina: Origins #2…well, after my post yesterday, (and the couple of other times I’ve posted about Critical Role), I’m sure you are all aware of how much I love these characters and this story. With the adventures of Vox Machina now concluded, it is so wonderful to have these monthly comics that tell the whole story of how they all met and formed their now legendary adventuring party. These comics tell stories from before their original home game began, and seeing the characters in the very early days is so fascinating. This particular issue follows Scanlan the gnome bard and Grog the goliath barbarian, and it is just as wildly entertaining as I would expect from these two. Scanlan is awesomely charismatic, and Grog’s low intelligence is still wholly endearing. And I’m glad we got to see Tiberius Stormwind in this issue as well. I imagine that the next issue will bring Vex, Vax, and Keyleth, and Scanlan, Grog, and Tiberius together for the first time. I am sad I have to wait a whole month to read the next installment.