“Kill The Hero,” a thrilling Manhwa currently serialized on KakaoPage, and debut on March 26, 2020. The series is authored by D-Dart and illustrated by Manhwa Insaeng,
“Kill The Hero” introduces us to the protagonist, Woojin, who is betrayed and killed by the supposed ‘righteous’ leader of his guild. Remarkably, Woojin gets a chance to start afresh, with revenge rather than heroism as his renewed focus.
Quickly ascending the levels with high-profile kills, Woojin earns himself a reputation among the ‘game plebs.’ His sharp mind and strategic thinking bring him ever closer to the top, leaving everyone in suspense about whose side he’s truly on. With a newfound understanding of the rules, Woojin is more determined than ever to annihilate the ‘hero’ that betrayed him.
Opinion and Analysis
“Kill The Hero” presents an original narrative premise that wonderfully reimagines the cliches of regression and revenge. The opening sequences are well-drawn, and the pacing, particularly in the beginning, is impeccable. Despite initially revealing little about Woojin’s character, the series successfully elicits the reader’s sympathy for him, further amplifying the villainous portrayal of his betrayers.
The series truly excels in its depiction of action, with Woojin’s quest for revenge forming the core of the storyline. The action sequences are thoughtfully designed and timed to maintain reader engagement, and Woojin’s progression through levels and acquisition of upgrades are realistically portrayed, adding to the credibility of his fights.
However, the series could benefit from deeper character development. Despite unique designs, many characters lack depth, and even Woojin sometimes falls into the “cool protagonist” cliché. Within the story, in order to disguise his identity, he was given a skin mask that he utilizes to do what he was trying to achieve without anyone realizing who he actually is.
My main criticism of the series stems from the anticlimactic final confrontation between Woojin and the antagonist, which feels lackluster and rushed, especially compared to the previous climactic battles. Despite the entire narrative revolving around Woojin’s thirst for revenge against the antagonist, their relationship lacks depth, diminishing the emotional impact of the final fight. And in most of the story, he will be using this second identity which is given more panel time than his actual identity I think is very underutilized near the end
In conclusion, while “Kill The Hero” offers high-stakes action and exciting battles, it might fall short for readers seeking more character depth and narrative complexity. Also, be prepared for a somewhat underwhelming finale.
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