Ive read through the first 15 chapters of Veritas
which comprises just about two full volumes if I'm not mistaken. I have to admit I'm very impressed with what Ive seen thus far. Though this series emphasizes a more brutish and grotesque nature than that of other battle styled manga, it's able to center itself with an intense focus on it's main character Gangryong
. He has a rather rough personality and radiates a strong sense of masculinity. Though there are a ton of fantastic scenes artistically conveyed in great detail, the series main focus is completely on his character and isn't using it's battles and action sequences as a way to compensate for lack of story.
At the beginning of the story Gangryong
seemed very weak, looking for a way to become stronger. I really loved his character design, it had a very rough demeanor to it and however shallow it is to admit, it remained very cool. Ive always been a fan of brutes and the way they relish in there barbaric behaviors. As I continued my read I became more and more absolved in Gangryong's
character. I can't help but lapse into a state of orgasmic delight that completely throws me into a tissy over his epic manly actions. Of course this becomes more prevalent later in the series.
The reason I say that is that for just about the first thirteen chapters Gangryong
spent that time getting manhandled by his peers around him. I wasn't sure what to think at first, but he was able to pull through that adversity and persevere in the face of great danger. His character also allows for some great comedic relief which I'll be discussing in greater detail further along this seeming ramble of thoughts. It's really just become such a delight to read.
I really love the detail that's put into this series by Joon-shik
. While there are various panels that are very simple in the artistic approach, there seems to be an underlying contrast between detail and simplicity, which I have come to enjoy in my progression through this series. Next I want to talk and elaborate upon Lighting Tiger
, who has simply rocked my fandom
meets his now deceased master Lighting Tiger
. I simply adored him for his impeccable demeanor and elegant swagger. He radiates charisma in just about everything he does. I thought the style EOTL
was very interesting, and however cliche' its become for a main character to use powers dealing in lighting augmentation, It still remained enjoyable to watch and lost virtually no suspense.
It was so disheartening to find that Lighting Tiger
had passed away. I really wanted to see him alive later in the series. In the grand scheme his death might have been necessary in order to put Gangryong
on the path that has been set before him. His master's death gives him the added emotional drive he needs to persevere through his quest for strength. I'll now speak on behalf of the more comedic side of the series. One of my favorite scenes in the Manhwa
, accidental bathroom walk ins prove to still remain hilarious don't they.
I can't tell you how many times I laughed at the many various comedic panels throughout this series. It's great to see a series such as Veritas
keep its sense of humor. There have been many series's that have tried to compromise between themes of seriousness and comedy and failed. However Veritas
is doing a fantastic job and I haven't lapsed into boredom even in the slightest during my read. Lastly I come too where I left off in the series. Which was Gangryong's
climatic battle against Eunhwa
You can just see the emphasis in detail during that key scene. I myself had too stare at various panels throughout this series for a substantial amount of time. It was great too see Gangryong
finally release his true power and show a bit of his true potential and fighting prowess. I can't wait to continue my read. Hopefully more character are introduced and elaborated upon a bit more.