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  • Art Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Text/Translatin Rating: B
  • Age Rating: 16 & Up
  • Released By: TOKYOPOP
  • MSRP: 9.99
  • Pages: 192
  • ISBN: 1598166581
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Left to Right
  • Series: Queen\'s

Queen\'s Vol. #01

By Danielle Van Gorder     May 22, 2007
Release Date: November 06, 2006


Queen\'s Vol.#01
© TOKYOPOP


Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Sung-Hyen Ha
Translated by:Sora Han
Adapted by:Mark Ilvedson

What They Say
The story is about Jun Pil-Hyun, who is a feminine pretty boy who tries to learn to be a manly man and win over the heart of his crush, Che Song-Ah, as well as escape the pressures of his disapproving father. He also wants to put Yi, his manly nemesis, in his place. He ends up finding a comic book titled "Escape from Being a Pretty Boy" and finds that it is a complete parallel to his life.

He looks for the author of the book in hopes of being mentored by him, but when he finds him, he turns out to be a she and he meets two other woman who are roommates with the author of the comic book who seem to be sexually over-zealous and take him in because they are interested in the boy.

The Review
Can this pretty boy become a real man?

Packaging:

The cover is very, very pink, with a shot of Bok-Nam, Ah-Yung, and Hyun-Ja looking very stylish. Beyond that, the spine edge is a distracting sketchy pink that cuts into the artwork, the logo is pink, and there's even a large pink bar across the bottom for the author's name and volume number. Inside, while the print quality is decent, the paper seems to be a lower quality than some other Tokyopop releases.

Art:

The art is a definite manhwa style, but nothing beyond that really stands out. Limbs are long and graceful, there's a lot of attention paid to the hair, and there are a couple places where you can tell that quite a bit of time was spent on the art. Backgrounds are minimal to nonexistant. One complaint is that in a few places, the facial features on multiple characters look off, like they're not quite sized or placed correctly. This is most noticible in three quarters views, rather than full-on, but it isn't glaring. It does, however, lead to some really odd facial expressions in a couple of places. Overall, the art is nice but nothing outstanding.

Text/SFX:

Sound effects are not translated. While the text overall flows fairly smoothly, there are some rough spots that could have used a bit more polish.

Contents (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):

Pil-Hyun Jung is small, delicate, and makes teddy bears as a hobby. Despite his father's best efforts to turn him into a manly man, Pil-Hyun is anything but. Gyung-Ju, on the other hand, is a very manly speciman of a man - tall, muscular, athletic, with attitude to spare. When the girl Pil-Hyun has a crush on reveals that Gyung-Ju is just her sort of a man, Pil-Hyun is crushed and becomes determined to prove himself to be a real man, not just your average pretty boy.

He goes to a bookstore for inspiration, and finds it in the most unlikely of places - a comic called How to Escape from Being a Pretty Boy, and the tall, charismatic man who was holding those books. When Pil-Hyun decides to track down the author, Bok-Nam, and become his apprentice, he discovers that the very cool man he saw in the bookstore was actually Bok-Nam Park himself! And someone who is very, very disinterested in having anything to do with Pil-Hyun. Unfortunately for Bok-Nam, his two assistants decide otherwise. Ah-Yung and Hyun-Ja are young, fashionable, and utterly predatory, a dramatic contrast to Bok-Nam's awkward and unsocial exterior. When Pil-Hyun moves in, the craziness is almost more than a writer can take.

Comments
As a comedy, this books works fairly well - the characters are over-the-top, the reactions are exaggerated, and the situations are ripe for pratfalls. But there's something missing - a depth to the characters, perhaps, or a hook to really keep the reader's interest. The story just feels flat and predictable, with even the curve balls telegraphed far in advance. If you're looking for brainless fun, this certainly can't hurt. If you want something more, however, there are so many other things out there.

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