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Collecting the complete INSEXTS series in one volume! At the dusk of a century, a pair of vengeful Victorian vixens discover a horrifying power that transforms them into rich and strange new creatures. Armed with their dark, evolving forms, they descend into a world of the cultured and occult, with new senses and new sensuality, to forge a life for themselves and the child Collecting the complete INSEXTS series in one volume! At the dusk of a century, a pair of vengeful Victorian vixens discover a horrifying power that transforms them into rich and strange new creatures. Armed with their dark, evolving forms, they descend into a world of the cultured and occult, with new senses and new sensuality, to forge a life for themselves and the child of their love. This new monthly series is the brainchild of writer Marguerite Bennett (ANIMOSITY, Bombshells and Batwoman) and artist Ariela Kristantina (Wolverines, Deep State), a comic unlike any you’ve seen before!


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Collecting the complete INSEXTS series in one volume! At the dusk of a century, a pair of vengeful Victorian vixens discover a horrifying power that transforms them into rich and strange new creatures. Armed with their dark, evolving forms, they descend into a world of the cultured and occult, with new senses and new sensuality, to forge a life for themselves and the child Collecting the complete INSEXTS series in one volume! At the dusk of a century, a pair of vengeful Victorian vixens discover a horrifying power that transforms them into rich and strange new creatures. Armed with their dark, evolving forms, they descend into a world of the cultured and occult, with new senses and new sensuality, to forge a life for themselves and the child of their love. This new monthly series is the brainchild of writer Marguerite Bennett (ANIMOSITY, Bombshells and Batwoman) and artist Ariela Kristantina (Wolverines, Deep State), a comic unlike any you’ve seen before!

47 review for InSEXts Year One Vol. 1

  1. 4 out of 5

    Chad

    Too much explicit violence and explicit sex for me. Lots of body horror with people turning into insects and people being ripped apart. I didn't like how there wasn't an origin as to why these two women suddenly started becoming were-insects. I did think the second volume was better written, having toned down the violence some. It was a story about male artists devaluing women except as objects of art. For some reason a gorgon was involved as well. Anyway if feminist body horror is your thing, y Too much explicit violence and explicit sex for me. Lots of body horror with people turning into insects and people being ripped apart. I didn't like how there wasn't an origin as to why these two women suddenly started becoming were-insects. I did think the second volume was better written, having toned down the violence some. It was a story about male artists devaluing women except as objects of art. For some reason a gorgon was involved as well. Anyway if feminist body horror is your thing, you'll probably dig this even if it isn't particularly well told. Received a review copy from Aftershock and NetGalley. All thoughts are my own and in no way influenced by the aforementioned.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Devann

    I received an ARC copy of this book from NetGalley You know one of those very specific summaries that you read - ex: feminist Victorian era lesbian body horror revenge fantasy - and you're just like wow did the author/artist take this idea literally straight out of my dreams because it was clearly made for me? Well that is definitely how I feel about this. I had actually already read this entire series [the first volume as an ARC I think and then the 2nd as individual issues], but I just love thi I received an ARC copy of this book from NetGalley You know one of those very specific summaries that you read - ex: feminist Victorian era lesbian body horror revenge fantasy - and you're just like wow did the author/artist take this idea literally straight out of my dreams because it was clearly made for me? Well that is definitely how I feel about this. I had actually already read this entire series [the first volume as an ARC I think and then the 2nd as individual issues], but I just love this series so much so I thought I would see what kind of extras were in this new volume [which collects the entire series] and do an updated review. This volume has an updated introduction by the author where she talks language and misogyny and how that relates to this project in particular: "When I began INSEXTS, I wished to take everything despised about women and turn it into a thing of power. Women who were incorrectly virginal, incorrectly maternal, incorrectly sexual, incorrectly available, incorrectly compliant, incorrectly human - these were the monsters no insults could touch. To them, every evil word was a word of glory. What was despised in them became what they loved best in each other." There is also a longer author's note at the end where she describes - for the first time - why she made this series in particular, saying "INSEXTS started with anger" and going on describe a time when she was doxxed online and sent rape and death threats early on in her comics writing career, a story that many women creators are all too familiar with. The end of this particular note says that "While INSEXTS began in anger, it became a reclamation of one's body, after surviving and escaping abuse [...] - relearning that first and foremost, your body belongs to you." I first picked up this series because I saw some screencaps on tumblr/twitter of something the author had written as to 'why she felt the need to tell this story' [a different introduction than this new volume obviously, but along the same lines] which boiled down to how as a woman your entire life is basically body horror and you go through life with people telling you that your body is not your own and also treating you different as it changes. It definitely delivers all of this on the story front, the first volume really sets everything up and deals with the women's initial problems they are facing at home. The second half of the series is just as amazing as the first. The ladies have moved on to Paris and run into a group of women painters who are being hunted down by the male painters who run the galleries and museums. Some really great stuff in here about how men view women as objects [like the paintings and statues they create] and get angry when they try to control their own image. Also just want to give a warning that there is a lot fairly explicit sex in this so if that isn't your thing you might want to skip it, but if that doesn't bother you I would give it a chance, definitely not like any other title I've read recently. And as an added bonus the art is absolutely gorgeous. This 'year one' volume [does that mean there will possibly be a year two one day? I hope so] also features all of the original cover illustrations without text, as well as several sketches, script pages, in-process pages, and other illustrations at the end. It was fun for me to look through this and revisit the series [especially the first volume, which I read last year] as well as find a little bit of new content.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Veronica

    ARC via Netgalley. I don't normally read a lot of horror (and this is some extremely graphic horror -- lots of dismembered bodies and insect imagery) but I got into the story more as I went along. If you're into the concept of a mixed-race woman who has married into the English aristocracy in the Victorian period and her maid (also her lover) escaping her abusive husband's clutches by turning into bug monsters, have at it! If that sounds way too weird for you... yeah, it gets weirder the further ARC via Netgalley. I don't normally read a lot of horror (and this is some extremely graphic horror -- lots of dismembered bodies and insect imagery) but I got into the story more as I went along. If you're into the concept of a mixed-race woman who has married into the English aristocracy in the Victorian period and her maid (also her lover) escaping her abusive husband's clutches by turning into bug monsters, have at it! If that sounds way too weird for you... yeah, it gets weirder the further along it gets, and there's a lot of explicit violence and explicit sex. I actually didn't like the art that much -- it's kind of old school -- but that's mostly me wanting all art to be pretty, and I can appreciate that the art here is serving a purpose even if it's not personally to my taste. Long story short: if an explicitly feminist cross between Monstress and the Sandman sounds up your alley, you'll love this, but if either of those comics is too much for you, this is going to be too much too.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Manon

    *3.5 Stars* I was provided an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I enjoyed this graphic novel. The characters were badass and queer as fuck. I’m still not sure how I felt about the art though. Also, as gripping as the plot was, it lost me at times. It was all too confused, tangled… I still haven’t understood how the whole Paris plot came to be… I don’t know, I guess I’m still very confused...

  5. 4 out of 5

    Wayne McCoy

    'InSEXts Year One Vol. 1' by Marguerite Bennett and Ariela Kristantina is a Victorian era feminist revenge fantasy with sex and gross out creatures. Two women who are really into each other discover they also can transform into horrifying bug creatures. They initially can't control these forms, and end up taking revenge on the men who would keep them down. The book settles in when they find another dark creature running a brothel, and they decide to stop her from exploiting women, but not before 'InSEXts Year One Vol. 1' by Marguerite Bennett and Ariela Kristantina is a Victorian era feminist revenge fantasy with sex and gross out creatures. Two women who are really into each other discover they also can transform into horrifying bug creatures. They initially can't control these forms, and end up taking revenge on the men who would keep them down. The book settles in when they find another dark creature running a brothel, and they decide to stop her from exploiting women, but not before more heads (and other body parts) roll. They are insect in nature, and they are joined by men who can transform into dog form. The second half of this volume takes the two women to Paris where they look into a group of artists who are putting women into their paintings. Literally. In a B-movie kind of way, I liked this book. The gross out bug transformations were cool. The woman on woman parts were less interesting to me. The story tends to feel a bit muddy in places, and it's hard to know which monsters to be cheering for. An author's foreword explains how the comic came to be. I received a review copy of this graphic novel from AfterShock Comics, Diamond Book Distributors, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sofia

    This book isn't mind blowing, but it's really fun to read.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jodie "Bookish" Cook

    Book Review Title: Insexts Year One Author: Marguerite Bennett, Ariela Kristantina (Illustrator), Bryan Valenza (Colorist), Jessica Kholinne (Colorist), Troy Peteri (Letterer) Genre: Graphic novel Rating: **** Review: The opening of Insexts was great, it opens in London 1894, we are introduced to Lady Bertram and her husband Harry. Harry desires a son and his wife hasn’t been able to give him one, so he is cheating on her repeatedly. We also learn that the Lady is in a lesbian relationship with her m Book Review Title: Insexts Year One Author: Marguerite Bennett, Ariela Kristantina (Illustrator), Bryan Valenza (Colorist), Jessica Kholinne (Colorist), Troy Peteri (Letterer) Genre: Graphic novel Rating: **** Review: The opening of Insexts was great, it opens in London 1894, we are introduced to Lady Bertram and her husband Harry. Harry desires a son and his wife hasn’t been able to give him one, so he is cheating on her repeatedly. We also learn that the Lady is in a lesbian relationship with her maid Mariah, but Mariah isn’t human she seems to be an insect like humanoid and judging from the imagery used I would say with insect Mariah is could be a dragonfly. In a bedroom scene we see Mariah impregnate her lover, but to keep it hidden the Lady transfer the child into her husband which grow rapidly, and the child is born within hours killing her husband, leaving her free to be with her lover and their son William. They decide to stay in London for the time being and to hide the fact the child was born so early Mariah decides to put the Lady into confinement for six month and when she emerges she will be a widow with a new born son people will think is her husband’s child. As we approach the ¼ mark in the novel, we learn the Lady’s name is Lalita and her sister in law is planning to bring her down as she suspects that Lalita was in part responsible for the death of her husband and that her son is a bastard. However, the power Mariah gave to Lalita is uncontrollable and bursts forth at the most inopportune times and they sometimes finds themselves in dangerous positions but all they want is to protect their son who is growing up. However, it is soon glossed over when a man confesses to killing Harry and being the London Butcher but we the readers know this can’t be true as Lalita and Mariah planned Harry’s demise. However, there are several different types of creature present in this novel and it does become a little difficult to keep track of who is hunting who at times, but it doesn’t make the bloodshed and gore any less entertaining. I also liked how William is drawn into this, William (not the child) was a friend of Harry’s and is a doctor, he is also madly in love with Lalita and decides to stay by her side to protect from any and all that wish to harm her or her son. As we cross the ¼ mark in the novel, we meet a creature called the cynocephali which seems to be very similar to a werewolf who was believed to be the London Butcher who escaped from prison, but it claims that she and Mariah are the butchers and we can’t argue with that fact as they do have quite the body count behind them. They also have to be cautious as Sylvia and George are just waiting for them to slip up. We learn that George and Sylvia are both servants of the hag much like Harry was and they have been ordered to kill baby William but with the help of their friends Mariah and Lalita manage to kill Sylvia and they plan to kill the hag as well, but something isn’t right with Lalita and her transformation are becoming more and more insect like and her instincts are out of control, the only one able to reach her in this state is Mariah but for how much longer isn’t known. As we approach the halfway mark in the novel, we get to see the showdown with the hag and many die, but William’s was the hardest but, in the fight, Lalita is also injured leaving Mariah and baby William alone, but they aren’t truly alone as they have their friends by their side. However, the hag has taken much from them and they are trying to decide how to be happy again with all the darkness and death that has followed them when all they wanted was to be a happy family. I was excited to see where the story was going next as 90% of the plot has been leading up to the battle with the hag and now with Lalita healing I wasn’t sure where the story was going to go. As we cross into the second half of the novel, we shift location to Paris in 1897 so Will is now 5 years old, he and Mariah moved there with Lalita’s cocoon and after many years Mariah finally manages to awake her love. However, we are also introduced to a new creature that seems to have Medusa like power as she can’t turn people to stone but they don’t die they are still alive and can’t still die just encased in stone. We also learn through Phoebe Will’s governess that women are being hunted and turned into art imprisoning them and that she needs Mariah and Lalita’s help in order to set them free. In the final section of the novel, Phoebe, Mariah and Lalita are trying to unravel the mysterious disappearances and in the necropolis, they finds the mysterious creature and her human gallery. I don’t want to give away the end of the series, so I am not going to talk about the ending at all because it just wraps up everything nicely. I really liked the use of mythology and other cultures with the sci-fi and horror elements of the story. Highly recommended.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    Thanks to NetGalley and the Publisher for providing me with an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Sexy with a supernatural twist. This feels like a feminist manifesto about the lengths women will go to in order to be their own and protect their own. I loved the artwork and the theme of this book, I cannot wait to see where the authors Bennet and Kristantina go next with this idea.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    I loved this! It's a wild ride that I wasn't sure at first what I was getting into, but the more I read, the more I fell headfirst into this amazing and awful world that Bennett created. It is obvious that this was a story born out of anger: of how womanhood is denigrated, how women are treated as objects and bearers of blame and shame, and how we are placed onto pedestals of meekness and obedience, or made monsters if we exhibit brains and a spine. Victorian body horror is not my usual genre by I loved this! It's a wild ride that I wasn't sure at first what I was getting into, but the more I read, the more I fell headfirst into this amazing and awful world that Bennett created. It is obvious that this was a story born out of anger: of how womanhood is denigrated, how women are treated as objects and bearers of blame and shame, and how we are placed onto pedestals of meekness and obedience, or made monsters if we exhibit brains and a spine. Victorian body horror is not my usual genre by a long-shot, but I'm glad I gave it a shot. The gore and brutality also appeared side-by-side with love and sensuality. It's a celebration of women, of feminine power in all its form, of taking our place in a man's world and asserting our power. The fact that the central two characters, Mariah and Lady, subverted all sorts of Victorian sensibilities by existing was amazing. They were a queer interracial couple from very different classes and they didn't give a damn about society. That they turned into avenging bug creatures was just icing on the cake. This book is gruesome and awful, sexy and sweet, and cathartic. So cathartic. I hope there's more to come. Review copy courtesy of the publisher via NetGalley.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Laura Newsholme

    There is good stuff here, but for me it gets a little lost in a message that is hammered home with too much vigour and a predictability that I found a little tiresome. The premise is sound and I enjoyed some of the horrific aspects to the plot. I also thought the artwork was great, particularly the full plates that delineate each issue. Unfortunately, I found some of the graphic sexual imagery a little unnecessary and felt that it detracted from the issues at hand. The place of women in society, There is good stuff here, but for me it gets a little lost in a message that is hammered home with too much vigour and a predictability that I found a little tiresome. The premise is sound and I enjoyed some of the horrific aspects to the plot. I also thought the artwork was great, particularly the full plates that delineate each issue. Unfortunately, I found some of the graphic sexual imagery a little unnecessary and felt that it detracted from the issues at hand. The place of women in society, both now and when the comic is set, is a fascinating topic for exploration, but I felt that the way in which it was tackled here just didn't appeal to me. I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jim

    Wow, Marguerite Bennet spins a dark and sexy tale! I enjoyed this story - and the art was phenomenal! And I loved the feminist overtones. But that being said, some of the book was a bit hard to follow. And there was something that kept me from being completely enchanted by the book. I really liked it. All the elements were there, but something about the way they were put together made me not connect with it like I would have liked to. Thanks to NetGalley and AfterShock Comics for a copy in retur Wow, Marguerite Bennet spins a dark and sexy tale! I enjoyed this story - and the art was phenomenal! And I loved the feminist overtones. But that being said, some of the book was a bit hard to follow. And there was something that kept me from being completely enchanted by the book. I really liked it. All the elements were there, but something about the way they were put together made me not connect with it like I would have liked to. Thanks to NetGalley and AfterShock Comics for a copy in return for an honest review.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Alan D.D.

    Great story and great art. InSEXts surprised me with each chapter and for good. I would have liked to have more aswers about the origin of these creatures, but I consider this mystery a wink to Gothic Classic literature. It even has the potential to become an on-going series! If not, this will remain as a marvel among the rest.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Theediscerning

    A mash-up of steamp**k and steamc**t, this is just bland titillation disguised as a political, girlpower tract.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Murat

  15. 5 out of 5

    Hawk's Angel

  16. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

  17. 5 out of 5

    Brenna

  18. 5 out of 5

    Imogene

  19. 5 out of 5

    Olivia

  20. 5 out of 5

    Schwpz

  21. 4 out of 5

    Scott wachter

  22. 5 out of 5

    Audrey Hacker

  23. 4 out of 5

    InformationSuperhero

  24. 5 out of 5

    Vera Oliveira

  25. 5 out of 5

    Margareth

  26. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

  27. 5 out of 5

    Bhavik (Semi Hiatus)

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Paletta

  30. 4 out of 5

    Alex

  31. 5 out of 5

    Laura

  32. 4 out of 5

    Reed

  33. 4 out of 5

    Caralyn

  34. 4 out of 5

    Ma'Belle

  35. 4 out of 5

    Marianne

  36. 5 out of 5

    Jeff

  37. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Spoer

  38. 5 out of 5

    Cara

  39. 5 out of 5

    Anna Knight

  40. 4 out of 5

    Silken

  41. 4 out of 5

    Cody

  42. 5 out of 5

    Melinda

  43. 5 out of 5

    Delirious Disquisitions

  44. 5 out of 5

    mary dewley

  45. 4 out of 5

    Bill Bryant

  46. 4 out of 5

    Angela Graham

  47. 4 out of 5

    Meghan

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