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Saturday, March 17, 2007

Archlord vol. 1 Impression

The more I read Korean manhwa (mangas counterpart) the more I love them. The art, story and translation of series such as King of Hell and Ragnarok have paved the path for Archlord, based on the Massive Multiplayer Online Role-Playing (MMORPG) game of the same name. While it shares a name, land and settings with the game counter-part this is where the paths divide. I've never been a huge fan of MMO's, but I am a fan of this new manhwa from Tokyopop.
Create by Jin-Hwan Park, Archlord takes a few pages to setup the overall world and back-story of legendary heroes and even more legendary weapons, a story any Lord of the Rings, Dragonlance or Lodoss War fan will truly appreciate. The House of Manas and its lineage possess one of these weapons, the sword Brumheart, and it's with the current lord, Leon Manas that our story begins. Leon is revealed to be a loving father and husband, one who is betrayed by his power hungry 'loyal' knight Ernan. While he succeeds in killing the father Ernan's lackeys fail to kill the infant child Zian setting up your classic coming of age, revenge, and journey that anyone picking up this manhwa will expect. Sixteen years pass, Zian is older having been raised in Tass Forest and this is where the story truly begins.

Archlord does not break the mold on action adventure stories in volume one, but what it does do very well is set the stage quite quickly for what is shaping up to be a very fun journey with a varied cast of characters carried by some beautiful art. If you're a fan of action stories set in a classic fantasy mold then please pick up Archlord now. Like many other Tokyopop titles coming out of Korea this is one I'm going to keep my eye on and so should you.

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