Details: Currently ongoing. Also known as 불패검선
The Undefeatable Swordsman is an enjoyable comic that fits the Wuxia genre.
The Wuxia genre is basically about martial arts heroes and villains in ancient China. These martial arts heroes usually have super powers and can fly around among other things. If you’ve seen Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, that’s Wuxia.
This story takes place in ancient China. A young boy is born frail until a mystical old man shows up and gives him a magic painting. The boy becomes entranced with the painting for years and becomes stupid until an encounter with a martial arts master snaps him out of it. Now, the boy finds himself with immense martial prowess and seeks to improve his own martial arts.
This is a fun story. Recently, most of the comics I’ve been reading are either from the isekai genre, shounen, or superhero stuff. It gets bland. While I know wuxia is one of the most popular and overdone genres in the world, I don’t actually read that much wuxia stuff. So this story was refreshing to me.
The tone and goal of the story was different. There was good and there was evil, but the story was more about improving one’s skill more than defeating some big bad villain somewhere in the world. For those unfamiliar with wuxia, it’s like they took the training arc from a shounen story and turned it into an entire series. For those familiar with wuxia, this isn’t anything special. There are masters and a desire to grow stronger. There are legends in the world and there are wicked characters. The rhythm of the story and the pacing are different from other genres.
And it’s funny. There are a lot of funny moments.
The art is great and fits the tone. Lots of action as this is a martial arts story.
Overall, this is fun story where my main enjoyment of the series is to see how strong the main character can get and what each level of strength looks like. I also want to see more of this mythical ancient China. If you have any interest in action or kung fu stories, you’ll probably enjoy this.