NOW Vol. #06 -

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  • Art Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Text/Translatin Rating: A-
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Released By: Infinity Studios LLC
  • MSRP: 9.99
  • Pages: 178
  • ISBN: 1-59697-186-X
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

NOW Vol. #06

By Eduardo M. Chavez     December 20, 2006
Release Date: January 15, 2005

NOW Vol.#06
© Infinity Studios LLC

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Park SungWoo
Translated by:Je-Wa Jeong
Adapted by:Je-Wa Jeong

What They Say
After their last battle with Dharuma, Ah-Rin and Bi-Ryu are in critical condition and Cho-Ryung sets out on a mission to bring back badly needed medicinal herbs to heal the two. However, during her mission to seek out the herbs, So-Goon and Shi-Rhang confronts Cho-Ryung with a mission of their own - a mission to capture and bring back Cho-Ryung to Gwi Wong Mo, their cruel and twisted master!

The Review
There are very few titles that I would wait two years to see continued. 4 months not a problem. 6 months is fine with me because that could be standard time for a monthly series in Japan. 9 months is stretching it but if a series is caught up I can deal with the slow localization. But two years! Wait, this is two years and two publishers at that!

The wait for more of Park SungWoo's NOW is finally over. I remember filling out an online order form to get this book back in early 2005. I don't know what happened to my order but volume six is finally in my hands and I couldn't be happier.

The plot is much of the same we have seen from this series so far. BiRyu and AhRin are recovering from their last battle in the mountains of Korea, when a new threat, predictably potentially unbeatable, is introduced. First impressions are deceiving as this person should be an ally of AhRin, but like many of the supporting characters in this story this new guy is only a follower. If he cannot beat them, he joins them. And naturally, as this new character has joined forces with the group that is searching for BiRyu it doesn't take long for the action to take off. Fists fly and swords move themselves with ease. Only in a Park manhwa can fantasy martial arts action look so detailed and so good.

Even with the wait, I found it relatively easy to get back into this series. A good part of this volume is recap. One of the new characters, who will play a bigger role soon, leads an introduction of the cast midway through this volume. And right before that occurred, Infinity placed a couple color plates almost as a primer to help readers through that transition. Some of the subplots were touched upon very early in this book as well.

But what made this one well worth it was the presentation. Amazing job by Infinity! They have a dust jacket with a message from the artist. Inside there is a wonderful foldout poster of the characters on the cover. The print looks clean. I will say I could easily see the flow of the tone grade because of some minor moir� effects. There are a couple color plates in the front and middle of the book followed with some nice character bios at the end to round out a great return of a once fan favorite.

I might not want to wait for manga for a couple years. And honestly if I hadn't have read Infinity's version of volume one I wouldn't have read this one. But if there ever was a standard in shonen manhwa action this is it and I am more than happy to welcome it back.


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