Maika still hunts for answers yet keeps meeting grave danger and hoards of secrets.
The art is almost distractingly good at this point. I had to go back and read this a couple of times because I kept marveling over the pictures. I think this would make an amazing animated series if they kept this art style. Maika is a great character to follow and the supporting cast is interesting enough that you don’t feel like you’re missing anything when the focus changes. I can’t way for more of this! 5 out of 5.
Maika Halfwolf is looking for answers. Obsessed with her search, she will even allow herself to be captured by a sadistic woman who performs experiments on Arcanics like Maika. But it is all worth the risk for Maika to learn the secrets behind the brand on her chest and her magical powers.
The setting here is a heavily stylized steampunk and high fantasy mashup colored in a dark palate to reflect the danger and twisted nature of this world. The art deco style is beautifully detailed and is lucky to be backed by great characters and a well written story. It’s not a happy story at all. This is a dark fantasy where magic users with no ethics will dissect children for their power, ruthless public executions take place for purposes of propaganda, and our main hero is more than willing to step over your corpse to get what she wants. But it’s gorgeous, compelling and I can’t wait to read the next one. 4.5 out of 5.