WRITER: MARJORIE LIU
ARTIST: SANA TAKEDA
In the aftermath of a terrible war, tensions between the Federation of Man and the supernatural Arcanic hybrids remain high. Maika Halfwolf, an Arcanic teen and war survivor, thrust herself into the center of that conflict when she broke into the stronghold of the Cumaea, a human religious order that slaughters Arcanics to harvest the precious lilium that flows through their bodies. There, Maika obtained a photograph and a fragment of a mask that might provide answers about the murder of her mother.
Maika has been on the run ever since, hunted by representatives of every faction—including the mysterious Arcanic Dusk Court and the Cumaean Mother Superior, whose body harbors an ancient evil. But Maika has persevered, fighting off her pursuers with the help of her greatest secret, and greatest burden: a creature called a Monstrum that lives inside of her and hungers for flesh. After seemingly destroying the Mother Superior at the cost of the rest of her own left arm, Maika escaped with her companions Kippa and Master Ren to the city of Thyria, where she intends to continue her quest for her late mother’s secrets.