Ra In Soo wrote the Manhwa “King of Hell’
with Kim Jae-hawn, and with 294 chapters the manhwa is still ongoing. Which automatically makes Legend of Tyr
, with its 60 chapters, a side project.
maybe side project isn’t quite accurate; after all Ra In Soo, as an
author, is free to work on as many projects as he might wish, this as
opposed to the restrictions placed on the artist to focus their
attention upon a single story.
world of demons, magic and warriors, Tyr is a young boy that spends his
days within the confines of a relatively peaceful village. Tyr is
content to make mischief, rebel against his father’s harsh rule and
explore his world. Until a decision by his older brother impels the
young man to venture out, beyond the mountains to the red continent.
first 20 chapters of Legend of Tyr went by so fast, which is odd
considering the fact that each chapter averages at 30 pages; that in
itself doesn’t imply quality, though. In other words, I wasn’t reading
Legend of Tyr so fast that I didn’t notice the chapters go by.
long as the chapters of Legend of Tyr are, they are also very brief. It
wouldn’t be an exaggeration on my part to say that not much actually
happens in the beginning.
of Tyr smells of typical western fantasy novels and RPG games; the world
presented is filled with all manner of mythical creatures, the majority
of which take on a demonic form and roam the land seeking to destroy
across the land are the humans that stand besides and against them,
people with unique ranks categorized according to a strict structure,
and with each category boasting a specific set of equally structured
skills through which they are best identified.
the Manhwa has introduced warriors, their sword skills and sword plays,
and mages, of which only the battle mages have made an appearance.
of Tyr is pretty basic as far as fantasy shonen series go; there is a
boy. He’s young, energetic and clearly talented. Tragic events thrust
him into an unknown realm of demons and phantoms, and he must basically
level up to survive the many threats.
is the fun of the series; Legend of Tyr knows exactly what it is,
simple action oriented shonen. Tyr is interesting enough of a hero that
you want to watch him grow and progress.
series is called legend of Tyr after all; and as readers we know this
story is going to focus upon building Tyr’s legend and fame.
honest though, the primary attraction of the Manhwa thus far is Loki,
Tyr’s brother; having fallen at some point in time during his younger
brother’s earlier years, the story primary focuses upon Tyr’s attempts
at disproving the claims of his brother’s death and possibly saving him
from whatever fate befell him.
this he must retrace Loki’s steps through the mythical mountains and
forests to get to the Red Continent, depending upon the tales told
within Loki’s diary and hence providing a contrast between the
experiences of the two brothers and how they deal with the same
surprising elements of the manhwa are the battles; as expected they are
explosive and fantastical, with mystical techniques and mysterious
specialized skills. Yet standing out even above these well illustrated
elements is the gravitas injected into a select few fights, the manner
in which the manhwa almost brought you to a point where you could
actually care about some of Tyr’s comrades; men and women we had
encountered a mere chapter before but whose deaths make for a
surprisingly tragic end.
mostly the belief that Tyr might have finally found his nakama, those
people with whom his legend will be written that drives the tragedy of
their deaths. And in finally creating the long awaited ‘Tyr’s
mercenaries’ Ra In Soo’s choice of companions for our young hero is both
dubious and unexpected.
other manga this coming together of unlikely comrades would have come
off as cheesy and forced; yet the first ten chapters make a pretty
decent case for these former enemies suddenly coming together.
of Tyr is basic supernatural shonen; it doesn’t shy away from that fact,
and this works for and against it. A number of moments within the first
20 chapters do little to camouflage the route that the story is likely
to follow, especially after Tyr departs from his village and the series
introduces what might be the primary antagonists.
Tyr is simply too typical a shonen hero; brash, stubborn and obviously naturally talented.
Legend of Tyr morphs into a truly impressive series will depend on how
entertaining and unpredictable they make his journey to the top.
know why I place so much emphasis on the dialogue, but only Vinland
saga seems to deliver the sort of sophisticated writing I would hope to
encounter in a period series such as this.
Soo’s approach to telling this story is very clunky and all over the
place; precluding Tyr’s first real fight (which was handled pretty well,
I was actually at the edge of my seat), the pacing of Legend of Tyr is
glosses over certain events just to get to the payoff, which are the
fights. And if all that matters to you are the flashy battles, then that
shouldn’t be a problem. If you want a satisfying reason to explain the
origins of fights, then these chapters might leave you a little
start to the series; personally I can’t see anything particularly
special about the manhwa but it still has a couple of chapters to go.
Thus far, as a shonen manhwa it keeps things interesting.
suspect events will heat up as the eventual meeting between Tyr and his
brother approaches (whom am pretty sure has joined the dark side or