The StoryTeller: Fairies, by Jim Henson and Monstress. Vol.1: Awakening, by Marjorie M. Liu and Sana Takeda
Title: The StoryTeller: Fairies Author: Jin Henson/ Various Genre/ issues: Fantasy. Anthology.
Title: Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening Author: Marjorie M. Liu Illustrator: Sana Takeda Genre/ issues: High fantasy.
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I took a couple of comics outside to read today, and it was a lovely crisp winter’s day to venture into two completely different fantasy worlds.
The first is an anthology of stories about fairies in the world of Jim Henson’s The Storyteller, which is one of my favourite shows from childhood. It’s a credit to the writers and artists of this collection that I completely heard the voice of the inimitable John Hurt in my head as I read these. Fairy stories from a range of cultures and traditions, but in a style that captures the whimsy and magic of Henson’s original series. Gorgeous, and I can’t wait to read the other collections.
Monstress by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takada is utterly stunning – equal parts Art Deco beauty and steampunk horror. It creates a fully realised and detailed fantasy world in which Maika Halfwolf, teenage survivor of the apocalyptic war between humans and arcanics, searches for answers about the past that she can’t quite remember. The monster that is beginning to awaken within her isn’t the most brutal element of this series, although it’s pretty dark – what’s more scary is the exploration of fear, inhumanity and exploitation. One of the blurbs on the back cover refers to this as “big, beautiful, terrifying, violent magic”, and that feels appropriate. I’m glad I have volume 2 on my shelf to pick up soon
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