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  • Art Rating: A-
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Text/Translatin Rating: B+
  • Age Rating: 16 & Up
  • Released By: Dark Horse
  • MSRP: 9.95
  • Pages: 186
  • ISBN: 978-1-59307-883-6
  • Size: A5
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: Bride of the Water God

Bride of the Water God Vol. #02

By Sakura Eries     May 01, 2008
Release Date: January 30, 2008

Bride of the Water God Vol.#02
© Dark Horse

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Mi-Kyung Yun
Translated by:Heejeong Haas
Adapted by:N/A

What They Say
Habaek, the mysterious Water God, is cursed to live his days in the form of a little boy while he turns back to his true adult self at night. His new human bride, Soah, thinks that she's been married to a child and has no idea that the attractive "Mui" is actually the adult Habaek.

Surrounded by a cast of colorful elemental gods and their servants, Soah is tempted by flirtations from both "Mui" and the rascal Huye. When Tae-eul-jin-in spills Habaek's surprising secret, Soah audaciously plots to uncover the truth for herself. She has to be careful, though, so she doesn't anger the moody gods - including her powerful new husband!

The Review
When Soah refuses Mui's offer to get her back to her village, Habaek's mother decides to meddle in her son's new marriage using an aphrodisiac. However, things don't go according to plan. Mui is overwhelmed by the drug and, mistaking Soah for Nakbin, kisses her suddenly before abruptly passing out. Soah, already confused about the connection between Mui and Habaek, now finds her feelings in turmoil. She finds herself jealous when she hears the unconscious Mui call Nakbin's name, and Soah realizes how strongly she is drawn to Mui...

Volume 2 continues with Soah still in the dark about Habaek's secret. Habaek's acquaintances seem to take a perverse pleasure in distorting the truth about Mui, and Soah is at a loss as to whom to trust. Considering the different tales they spin, especially Tae-Eul-Jin-In's, I am beginning to suspect that Habaek's curse goes beyond a simple shape shift.

However, Habaek is not the only one hiding things in this story. Yun hints that Soah's motivation for sticking it out as Habaek' as wife has less to do with obedience and more to do with her own secrets. Meanwhile, Murah appears to be in cahoots with the Emperor's dog. Amid all these secrets and half-truths flying about, we get some glimpses of characters' pasts in this volume: Habaek with Nakbin, Soah in her village, and Murah when she first arrived in Suguk. With so much tension building between Mui and Soah, I eagerly anticipate a least a partial revelation of Habaek's curse in the next volume.

Four full-color illustrated pages, splash pages with translated Korean poetry, two pages of four-panel comics, six pages of photographs of the manhwa creator, and a postscript from the creator are included as extras in this volume. In regards to print quality, Volume 2 is an improvement compared to Volume 1, but there are still erroneous lines and white specks marring a few pages.


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