Manhwa Review: The Undefeatable Swordsman

Details: Currently ongoing. Also known as 불패검선

Score: 7/10

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.

Manhwa Review: My Dad Is Too Strong

Details: Currently ongoing. Also known as 아빠가 너무 강함

Score: 6.9/10

Whatever you may think about the title, My Dad Is Too Strong is simply another cookie cutter isekai/contemporary fantasy Korean web comic. It’s entertaining, but nothing special.

An average Korean office worker is transported to the ancient fantasy world of martial artists and special abilities and given special powers. After he has conquered that world and defeated just about all major enemies, he is transported back to the real world a few moments after he originally left. Of note is that dungeon rifts have begun opening up around Korea and people have begun awakening and gaining powers and conquering these dungeons (like in Solo Leveling and a million other Korean web comics). Now, our Korean office worker finds himself one of the most powerful being in the modern world and his only wish is to live an ordinary life.

The premise is pretty much the same as a million other Korean web comics. The only difference here is that his niece comes to live with him and calls him dad.

The plot follows any other story in this genre, which is the protagonist is already all powerful and slowly but surely, people start to figure it out and he starts beating on people.

Overall, I love this genre so I read and enjoyed this. With that said, this comic is incredibly ordinary and offers nothing new to an already crowded web comic genre.

Manhwa Review: The Great Mage Returns After 4000 Years

Details: Also known as 4000년 만에 귀환한 대마도사

Score: 7/10

In order for a fantasy comic to catch my attention, it needs to have either an somewhat unique concept or great art. This comic falls into the great art category.

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Manhwa Review: Overgeared

Details: Also known as 템빨

Score: 7.1/10

Overgeared is a web comic that is a remake of another web comic (that was poorly done and canceled) of a web novel of the same name. It’s still relatively new, but the art is fantastic and looks very similar to Solo Leveling, which is the best drawn Korean manhwa I’ve yet to read.

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