Laon 4Posted: July 11, 2011
YoungBin Kim / Hyun You – Yen Press – 2011 – 6 volumes
The final volume of this series just came out! It’s somewhat rare for a Korean boys’ comic to be translated into English, and I really like the art and the plot in this one. I’m curious as to how the story will resolve itself in three more volumes, though. There’s only one way to find out.
The first half of the volume is the continuation of the story about the gifted singer and Laon’s second tail. It’s a pretty straightforward story, save for the fact that the benefits aren’t quite what they seem. The female singer was an interesting character, and I also thought it was interesting when Tae-Ha nearly pushed Laon into losing the lead on her tail. As much as she seems to like him, she’s still pretty savage.
There are otherworldly hints sprinkled throughout, but nothing much has been revealed just yet. That a wider picture is opening up is a little worrying with only two volumes left, but again, I’m curious to see how this goes.
The next story is one about a regular demon, a hwan as opposed to one of Laon’s tails, and it looks like it might unlock parts of Tae-Ha’s past. The story itself is about a “haunted” mansion and various people caught up in the hwan’s power, but the hwan seems to be specifically targeting Laon.
I like this series a lot. It’s great at the horrifying moments, the art is pretty dark and slick, and wonderful during action scenes, and I definitely like the mythology it plays around in and the stories it uses to advance the main plot. It’s not rush-out-and-buy-it good, but it is a really solid story, and very enjoyable to action/horror fans. I feel like I should comment on this volume a bit more, but I plan on reading the next two this week to finish the story up, so I’ll hold off judgment on the main plot until I’m finished, or at least have a better sense of how it will be paced up until the end.