by Park Joong-Ki
From BookList, August 1, 2007, Copyright © American Library Association. Used with permission.
For readers who love grunting warriors and roaring battle scenes, this Korean manhwa fits the bill. Master Yarong, an elite Shaman Warrior, and his loyal servant, Batu, are enmeshed in a political plot only hinted at in this introductory volume. The beautiful, clear art avoids the visual confusion of many combat-driven graphic novels, and the tenderness Batu shows for Yarong adds an element of sweetness to the otherwise brutal tale. This may be just prologue to what's to come, but it provides a complex political and emotional backdrop to what might have been a rote battle tale. Brenner, Robin.