Writer/Artist:Kara / Woo Soo Jung
Translated by:HyeYoung Im
Adapted by:J. Torries
What They Say
With the help of Eun-Gyo and No-Ah, the "princess" Nak-Rang escapes her captors. But just when they think they're out of the woods, the high priest Ho-Dong stops them at the edge of the dried-up Mother Lake. There, a battle ensues... and a miracle happens.
You'll have to bear with me a little bit with this review of Legend Volume 2, since I haven't had the opportunity to read Volume 1 yet. This isn't normally a problem with most titles, which inevitably repeat the back story often enough to give latecomers an idea of what's going on. Not so with Legend, which drops the reader back into the midst of the action without so much as a simple recap.
From what I can piece together of the story here, Eun-Gyo's and No-Ah's search for Mother Lake comes to a close when they run into a group of soldiers led by the village leader Ho-Dong. During the battle that follows, Mother Lake reveals herself to Eun-Gyo and gives her a piece of the Seven Blade Sword, which she seems to understand the implications of about as much as I do at this point. Nevertheless, Mother Lake's appearance also lifts the spell on the entire village, minus Ho-Dong himself. Humiliated that he's still trapped in a child-like form and seems to have been erased from the memories of all of his village people, Ho-Dung pleads Eun-Gyo and No-Ah to let him accompany them on their travels. The rest of the volume beyond this point deals with the strained "domestic" situations as the three of them go through during the next leg of their journey, which is fueled mainly by the fact that Eun-Gyo is totally inept as a cook.
Even with all my confusion about the storyline, I've taken a real liking to Legend after just this one volume. I'm not sure I can pinpoint exactly what it is that drew me into the story so quickly, but it probably has a lot to do with the chemistry that's sparked among Eun-Gyo, No-Ah, and Ho-Dung as they settle into an amusingly disfunctional sort of family unit. There's also the well-written comedy working in its favor, especially in the book's strong second act. (The dead-on Aesop's Fables parody made me laugh harder than any single other manga or manwha gag in months.) Or maybe I'm just a sucker for pretty artwork -- the four full-color pages at the start of the book are beautiful, and the remainder of the black-and-white artwork is nearly as appealing.
Yen Press has done a really fine job of producing this release, and I'm definitely liking what I've read of the series so far. Recommended, especially for readers looking for a fantasy series with strong comedy elements.