Happy December, manhwa readers! Today’s featured review comes from Clive Owen at Animanga Nation, for volume eight of Park Joong-Ki’s Shaman Warrior from Dark Horse. After coming in late to the series, Mr. Owen has become a big fan, though now he laments the fact that the series’ final volume is nearly upon us. I have to admit that his review has gotten me excited about reading the series myself. Check out this quote: “It’s good to see that after eight volumes the series manages to keep up the same action-packed momentum … Park Joong-Ki not only knows how to tell a story but also develop the characters enough that you’ll actually care about them. On top of that there’s the gorgeous art that makes the fights look absolutely stunning.” Sounds like a winner to me! Read the full review for more!
Before I get to the rest of this week’s reviews, let me draw your attention to this recent announcement from Yen Press about their plans for a graphic novel adaptation of Cecily von Ziegesar’s Gossip Girl. No, it’s not manhwa, but the artist who will be writing/drawing this original story set in the universe of the series is HyeKyung Baek, author of Bring it On!, among others. Thanks, Yen Press!
In other news last week, Concept Central posted a profile on manhwa artist Hyung Tae-Kim filled with illustrations (not necessarily SFW) as well as some insight into his style. Though Hyung Tae-Kim’s contribution to manhwa (from what I can glean) seems to have been primarily cover art, it’s definitely worth a look.
On to the reviews!
Johanna Draper Carson reviews all three books in Kim Dong Hwa’s “Color” series (First Second)–definitely a must-read this week.
Elsewhere, J.R. West at Little Bit of Nothing checks out Tokyopop’s series, Ark Angels, Lori Henderson reviews the first two volumes of Sarasah (Yen Press) over at Comics Village, Megan Moore looks at volume four of Bride of the Water God (Dark Horse) in her LiveJournal, and Joy Kim reviews volume nine of The Antique Gift Shop (Yen Press) at Manga Life. I’ve two other LiveJournal finds to offer here as well–a review of One Fine Day (Yen Press, currently running in Yen Plus) from lavericknine and Jack Frost volume two from cornerofmadness at the community 50bookchallenge.
From the overachievers, Tiamat’s Disciple is is still going strong reviewing recent volumes of several Yen Press titles, Jack Frost (2), Time and Again (1), Comic (8), and Moon Boy (7). Lissa Patillo at Kuriousity reviews both volume 6 of Legend and volume 5 of You’re So Cool, both also from Yen Press. Finally, Julie at Manga Maniac Cafe looks at volume four of Shaman Warrior and volume one of Time and Again.
That’s it for this week!
Is there something I’ve missed? Leave your manhwa-related links in comments!
Judi saysDecember 7, 2009 at 10:55 am
Having seen a negative review of Jack Frost v1, I’m encouraged to see 2 get better reviews. I love this manwha, and hope that 2 will encourage more readers.
I’m also, a big fan of Time and Again, so I was happy to see your review.
I, personally, think YenPress is doing the most for manwha of any publisher, right now. Maybe others like TP will showcase theirs more.
Melinda Beasi saysDecember 7, 2009 at 11:39 am
I think my own review of Jack Frost 1 was mixed at best, though I haven’t read volume 2 yet. :) I’m glad you liked my review of Time and Again!
I will certainly agree that Yen Press is doing a lot for manhwa, but one company I feel deserves a lot more attention for their manhwa is NETCOMICS. Their catalogue is *mostly* manhwa and they have a lot of really fantastic titles. I think actually *because* they publish mostly manhwa, they don’t get as much recognition in the manga community.
Judi saysDecember 7, 2009 at 11:45 am
I agree about NETCOMICS, as I haven’t given them much thought. I have however, been starting go their a lot more. Hopefully, all this is a preview of more manwha recognition in the near future.
Megan M saysDecember 8, 2009 at 8:46 pm
I am extremely fond of Shaman Warrior, though I feel I should warn that the first volume is essentially a prologue for the rest of the series, and it isn’t until after that that it really gets interesting.
Melinda Beasi saysDecember 8, 2009 at 10:40 pm
Thanks for the warning! I should be okay, though. I generally will give any series three volumes to hook me. :)