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The Minis: Webtoons

Hawk, a Knight who bows before no one, and Kira, an inventor with a title, are in the middle of a war between 12 knights,meant to protect mankind against Keres, ancient creatures with a thirst for souls.

Between a potential romance between Hawk and Kira, the world building and just likeable characters, this is a solid read that has the potential to becoming something big. But beware, it is currently on hiatus. 

3 Pickles

A 29 year old unemployed, but hopeful romantic meets a 23 year old billionaire. The thing about this webtoon is it can go in so many different directions even though the author initially sets it up for one. Overall, it is a cute story that is a good time filler.

However, if you are uninterested in love triangles and dramatic of the heart, then this isn’t for you. 

3 Pickles

                                            Sam wants to be a game developer but that career choice turns left when a popular gaming personality gives her indie game a negative review and then moves next door (unintentionally).

Let’s Play happens to be one of my favorite webtoons at this moment. However, it is a completely frustrating read because all the author does is leave you with more possibilities for Sam, while you build a connection with the surrounding characters.

 

I love this webtoon but some actual developing plot, would give this a perfect score.

4 Pickles 

Crumbs came out of nowhere for me. It is a simple story of magic, awkwardness and a building romance that could be the beginning or end of everything.

As you are reading the comic, you can tell that the author is building up to a story that is worth reading.  Ray is a talented magician that can see people’s future/feelings and because of this and past experiences she has always stood on the sidelines watching others live life.

Its about 12 episodes in so there is still a lot of room for growth and changes. The author only updates twice a month, which sucks. But if you are looking for something to read on your down time, this will put a smile on your face.

3 Pickles

Webtoon Wednesday: Let’s Play by Mongié

Published Nov. 6, 2017

Sam wants to be a game developer, but before her career can get started, a popular gaming personality posts a video of himself playing her first game and gives it a bad review.

To make matters worse, she soon finds out he’s her new neighbor!

A story about gaming, memes, and social anxiety. Come for the plot, stay for the doggo.- Webtoons

I kept putting this comic on the back burner. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to read this because although the video game aspect is not only near to my personal life and although it provides a creative theme, I didn’t want to get into the romance aspect of it. Because being honest, it comes off a bit cliche.

But I adore this read. I love the idea that the comic centralizes around video games and what can happen when a popular reviewer gives a bad review. I love how real Sam is. Between the bull crap she goes through at her work, her game, her interactions with her friends and even the blindness to those interested in her. I liked her a lot.

But my favorite part of this is how the author talks about what can happen when you receive a bad review from a popular reviewer. Bad reviews happen and they should happen not everything is good. But what the author touched upon is when you review something and have no idea what it is about or what is going on. Reviews like that suck and although they may not be as hurtful as a bad review from someone who knows exactly what it is happening, it is frustrating, rude and disappointing. Taking a look at this other side adds a lot of intrigue to this comic.

The series is still new and it hasn’t taken too much of a dive into the romance and I am okay with that. I want there to be a build up to actual feelings and getting to know each other as opposed to insta-love. I want to see Sam break out of her shell.

One thing I don’t want to see even though it is already there is a love-triangle. I am hoping that the author doesn’t go to deep into that clutch because it will stall the plot. What I am hoping for is more about gaming and creating games. The author is doing a really good job with that aspect and I hope it keeps going.

As a on going series, I look forward to reading this and of course when season one is complete, an update to this review will be added.

4 Pickles (so far)

Webtoon Wednesday: My Dear Cold-Blooded King by LifeLight

Linetoons
Published March 12, 2017 On Going Series

Born a humble peasant, Kihara Mei has lived simply day by day as a merchant in the capitol, and never assumed things would change. But, one fateful day would change the course of her b7 life, when faced with a deadly challenge against dangerous royal assassins. Now, with the eyes of the dreaded Blood King upon her, her life of simplicity would now become a tangled web of secrecy, deceit, and desire.- Goodreads

I’m a sucker for romantic historical fiction. Done well, you will have a fan for life. My Dear Cold Blooded King is a on going series and it is done pretty well. Kihara isn’t a naive woman, who is unable to defend or speak for herself. The woman is badass to a certain extent. She doesn’t really think things through and is emotional  and makes fast decisions without real consideration of herself and others. But despite this, she is a strong character even when she is unsure of her feelings.

Before you ask, yes, there is a love triangle. At first, I didn’t think the author was going to go that way but yeah it happened and I can’t even say I am really mad about it. It doesn’t fully drive the story as there are a bunch of other things going on but it is there and noticeable.

Speaking of love triangle, the leading men in her life…. I like them both but I prefer the second one over the first one. But honestly both wouldn’t be a bad choice.

My biggest issue with this read is that a lot of chapters are a lot of fluff. You really do not notice it until you are caught up and waiting for the next chapter to drop.

But the story flows really well even though the author is clearly stretching it. The artwork with music (because you can play music to your read) is fantastic. Its in color and detailed. I really really enjoyed this comic but kind of wish it would get to the point.

Overall, if you are a sap like me, you should read this.

4 Pickles

 

Webtoon Wednesdays: Assassin Roommate by Monica Gallagher

Google Image
Released June 5, 2017

A nerdy, introverted gal and an extroverted, former frat guy move into an apartment together after college — it’s a win-win situation for two people who want nothing to do with one another.- Webtoon

I would like to take a moment to thank my little brother for introducing me to this comic.

This comic was unexpectedly amazing and gave me a complete range of emotion from awww, frustration to eye rolling to annoyance and finally to omg. So let’s begin.

Mags is an extremely frustrating character to read. She allows her insecurities to make other people’s decisions as if no one has a mind of their own. She literally does it throughout the entire first season and I swear if someone doesn’t put her in her place, I will be upset because the story is cute and written really well.

Gallagher was able build a really good story and keep me interested. However, do not be fooled by the name. This comic is romance driven and with not a whole lot of action. When the action does happen, it isn’t as explosive as you would want. Mags makes a lot of basic moves that for a while there you don’t understand her hype.

Graphic Novel Review: Wolf, Vol. 1: Blood and Magic (Wolf #1) by Ales Kot, Lee Loughridge (Colourist), Matt Taylor (Illustrator)

Image Comics
Published Nov. 11, 2015
144 Pages

Los Angeles, California: Antoine Wolfe, a hard-boiled paranormal detective with a death wish, has to cope with sudden responsibility for an orphaned teenage girl who might be the key to the impending apocalypse. The road to hell & back begins.

Enter the World where myths & reality meet. . .- Goodreads

Lately I have been coming across and issue with graphic novels written by white writers that have African American leads. I love the diversity but the issue is the first comic books lack a decent story. It is as if the author doesn’t know how to tell the story and therefore write a weak one, either testing to see if the public will like it or just not exactly sure how to tell the story.

Wolf is an interesting story; where myth meets reality. I love the concept and for the most part this particular volume isn’t a bad start to what can be an amazing story.

Wolf, himself, is a bit dull. There really isn’t much to him but at the same time, I am curious to know him because you know nothing about him other than his “ability.” There isn’t enough information or personality for me to like him but there is enough to make me curious and because of that I will read the second volume.

The story, overall, feels incomplete. Yes, I am aware that this is a series but even in the first volume you should feel some kind of satisfaction, something that makes you feel this isn’t a story that is being made up as you go along (no offense). It didn’t feel like a complete thought and the author was trying too hard to make it relevant, “hip” for teens or whoever.

Artwork was good; exactly what should be expected in a graphic novel. Overall, I do plan on reading volume two but hopefully it is better than volume 1.

 

2 Pickles