Monstress Launches A New Arc In January And Receives A Deluxe Hardcover Edition In July

by Hannah Means Shannon

Image Comics has announced that the multiple Eisner Award-winning series Monstress by creator/writer Marjorie Liu (who made history as the first woman to win an Eisner in the Best Writer category for the series this year) and creator/artist Sana Takeda will be collected into a deluxe, oversized hardcover edition, Monstress: Book One, in July 2019.

A new story arc will also be launching this January with Monstress #19.

The Monstress: Book One hardcover edition will collect the first 18 issues of the multiple award nominated and award-winning series and feature a new cover, as well as special extras, including “never-before-seen sketches, script pages, and more”, with over 500 pages of content.

The new story arc in the series will follow Maika and Corvin on their search for Kippa through a “warped and lethal land, where even Kippa herself will face her own terrible monsters”, according to Image.

For those unfamiliar, Monstress is set in an alternate matriarchal 1900s Asia, with…

…an art deco-infused steampunk aesthetic that’s brimming with arcane dangers. Within it, a teenage girl struggles to overcome the trauma of war, a task that’s made all the more difficult by her mysterious psychic link to an eldritch monster of tremendous power—a connection that will transform them both and place them in the crosshairs of both human and otherworldly powers.

Monstress #19 (Diamond Code NOV180165) will be available on Wednesday, January 23rd. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, December 17th. Monstress #19 will also be available for purchase across many digital platforms, including the official Image Comics iOS app, Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play.

Monstress Book One hardcover (ISBN: 978-1-5343-1232-6) will be available in comic shops on Wednesday, July 3rd and in bookstores on Tuesday, July 9th. It can be pre-ordered on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, IndieBound, and Indigo.

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