A glimpse of Habaek’s ill-fated marriage with his previous wife Nakbin!
Writer/Artist: Mi Kyung Yun
Translation: Julia Kwon Gombos
Adaptation: Julia Kwon Gombos
What They Say
Gods and mortals alike are in love with Soah! Driven from her husband Habaek's magical kingdom, Soah's life back on Earth has been pretty miserable so far, despite her many admirers. With Habaek's mother and some of his supposed friends conspiring against him, will the cursed Water God finally come to his senses and rescue Soah? Dark Horse Manhwa's engrossing and mysterious fantasy-romance series returns, and writer/artist Mi-Kyung Yun brings more of Habaek's colorful peers to the forefront. Humor, drama, and a bit of horror combine in this story, as Soah tries to uncover the truth behind her strange husband's curse and his previous wife's early, brutal demise. Complicating everything, Habaek - her powerful, moody husband - must live in the form of a little boy during the day, returning to his true adult body at night.
This volume opens with Soah and her childhood friend Dong-Young engaged and Habaek seemingly indifferent to Soah rejoining the human world. Things appear to have reverted to their natural order, with humans and gods in their rightful places. Yet Soah harbors doubts about a future with Dong-Young, and as for Habaek, meddling by Tae-Eul-Jin-In spurs him back to Soah's village where he ultimately wins back Soah.
It's unclear what exactly Tae-Eul-Jin-In does to Habaek, but it does lead to a glimpse of Habaek's past with Nakbin. This past is far from pleasant though. Huye is a key player in the tragic events, and while the Emperor appears to have a hand in Nakbin's demise, Huye’s and Nakbin's motivations and true loyalties are far from clear.
Once back in Suguk, Soah is reconciled to living the rest of her life in the world of the gods. However, that doesn't mean she's reached a happy ending. She's increasingly drawn to Mui even as she strives to stay loyal to her husband (whom she still doesn't know is the same person). Plus there is the mystery surrounding her predecessor Nakbin. Could she still actually be alive?
We get tantalizing glimpses into the past that shaped our moody Water God, but instead of clarifying matters, they create a more convoluted picture of intrigue and betrayal. Invested as I am in the characters, I'm quite willing to continue on the journey to unravel the mysteries surrounding Habaek. However, I am growing impatient. It is already Volume 4, and I'd expected Soah to have discovered the connection between Mui and Habaek or for the details of Habaek's curse to be revealed by now.
Four gorgeous full-color pages, six pages of closing cartoons, and a postscript from the creator are included as extras in this volume.