Dokebi Bride Vol. #02 (Mania.com)
By:Eduardo M. Chavez
Review Date: Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Release Date: Saturday, July 01, 2006
Translated by:Michael Tan
Adapted by:Michael Tan
What They Say
With her grandmother gone, Sunbi experiences the twin pains of loss and loneliness. The daily challenges of living with her father's unfamiliar family, while coping with hostile classmates and teachers, are just the tip of the iceberg. There is a harder struggle waging inside, for Sunbi is left to learn about the eerie world of the unseen demons, gods, and spirits all alone.
Through frightening and unceasing attacks by the wandering stray demons who find her to be an ideal host, Sunbi discovers just how dangerous this hidden world is, and how much her grandmother had protected her by shielding her from it. There is no one to care for her now. To make matters worse, in the midst of this grief and chaos Sunbi's dead mother visits her as a hideous demon and kills her only friend, Solbang.
But just when she thinks she has no one to run to, she encounters a monk who teaches her that the secret of the demons lay in their ability to use her own fears against her. To survive, she must confront her greatest fear and traverse its terrible depths.
Away from her quiet village once filled the memories of her family and the guardian spirits she played with, SunBi has to learn how to deal with the big city. There are more problems than just new uniforms and new teachers. There is no sky and there are no trees. The spirits around are hungry and she cannot stop them from following her. This is not a story about a country girl having trouble adjusting to the city life. This is something much larger. She is the daughter of a shaman. She cannot feel the positive energy from nature or the spirit world here. All she feels is fear and darkness. Where are the dokebi? And will they make a contract with her?
Dokebi Bride could very well be the best manhwa title you haven't heard about. This is a story about history, about family and about messeges. The history goes back thousands of years. But with every new year more people have forgotten that history. This is the history of the Koreans and their connection to their land and each other. The family is one straddling the living and dead. Family is history and for the main character she cannot let go of either despite all the pain both give her. The message is clear. Life now is noisy, crowded, lonely and dark. The cast here has to deal with these issues alone as they have opened their hearts to family and history.
As a reader, I had to sympathize with the lead because she did not deserve to go through so much suffering. At the same time I realized this was something she could have only done alone. And because this is a story about death and growing up I felt Marley's story was very apropos. The art might not be to my liking but the packaging and contents are make up for it.
Mania Grade: A+
Art Rating: C+
Packaging Rating: A
Text/Translatin Rating: B
Age Rating: 13 & Up
Released By: Netcomics
Orientation: Right to Left