January 8, 2015

Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda conjure a dark fantastic adventure set in an alternate 1900s Asia

Image Comics is pleased to announce that bestselling writer Marjorie Liu (X-Men, Tiger Eye) and Sana Takeda (Ms. Marvel) are teaming up for an all-new ongoing fantastic adventure set in an alternate 1900s Asia—MONSTRESS.

In MONSTRESS, readers are transported into the early 1900s, where immense Leviathans roam the Earth, wielding unimaginable powers that many have long desired to exploit. When a teenage girl with a mysterious past forms a tenuous psychic bond with the most dangerous of all the Leviathans, she becomes the target of both human and otherworldly authorities who will stop at nothing to possess her—to control her, and control the Lord of the all the Leviathans. What they don’t count on is the courage of the girl herself—and the fact that she is slowly becoming more than human...

Monstress is about an outsider, a young woman who belongs nowhere; it is about young women who fight, who tame, who are consumed—and who become monsters in their own right,” said Liu. “I wanted to tell a story that encompasses all these things, and more. A story about women, young and old, picking up the pieces after surviving the horrors of war—and finding a home for themselves in a world that has otherwise exploited them. Set in an alternate history to our own, where immense Cloverfield-like monstrosities have conquered half the planet, and spanning the steppes of a shattered Asia, to the destroyed heart of a fallen Europe, Monstress is an epic adventure of frontiers and empires, and the rise of a young woman warrior, whose power may either doom or redeem the planet. It is such a privilege and honor to be working with Sana Takeda again. She's a brilliant artist, a dazzling visual storyteller, and to top it off she has the staggering ability to capture the souls of characters and worlds in all their luminous (and sometimes terrifying) beauty. I've been blown away by what we’ve created so far, and I know readers will be, too.”

Takeda added: “I've always wanted to work with Marjorie again someday, so it’s like my dream is coming true! The images she has in her mind are very epic and deep, and so there is always a pressure. I do wonder if I can put those images out through my hands in a good way. But more than anything, I am looking forward to her stories and I am very excited. I hope I can deliver something special to the heart of people who will be reading this book. Last but not least, I would like to appreciate Marjorie and all the people involved in this book. I know everybody has done so much in their busy time. Thank you very much.”

“I’ve been a huge fan of Sana’s work since she painted a book called Drain here at Image several years ago, and I’ve been anxious to get Marjorie over to Image for a while now, so Monstress is like a late Christmas present for me,” said Eric Stephenson, Publisher at Image Comics. “I think both Marjorie and Sana are incredible talents, and having them together on a project this is just amazing.”

The series is set to launch from Image Comics in 2015.