The Kingdom of the Gods
Discover the comic that inspired the Netflix Original zombie series Kingdom!Years of war and famine and have plunged Joseon into chaos. Young Prince Yi Moon, after losing all his bodyguards to an assassination attempt, has no choice but to turn to the mountain bandit Jae-ha for help. But as the unlikely pair race to find safety in a world gone mad, it becomes horrifyingly clear that humans aren’t the only thing they must fear! In a bonus story, a secluded island becomes a private battlefield as the notorious Japanese criminal Juu and the infamous Korean felon Han face off against each other. But they aren’t the only ones on the island…

The Kingdom of the Gods Details

TitleThe Kingdom of the Gods
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 19th, 2020
PublisherVIZ Media LLC
ISBN-139781974715138
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Manga, Horror, Fantasy, Comics, Historical, Historical Fiction, Graphic Novels

The Kingdom of the Gods Review

  • James DeSantis
    January 1, 1970
    A nice little horror story about a prince on the run from killers while also trying to survive the apocalypse. Apparently this was the inspiration for the show "kingdom" on Netflix. Never seen it but this was pretty fun, exciting, and brutal. I'd say it ends a bit on a weird note, like it just ends. But I liked what I read and would have read more but it seems it was just a one and done.
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  • The Artisan Geek
    January 1, 1970
    1/4/2020Having binged on the TV-series Kingdom, I had very high hopes for this comic. Unfortunately, those were not met. Where Kingedom is balanced, this had too man bells and whistles - and not enough plot for me to be amused by it. The story was far too short for the content it tried to fit in and so it felt very rushed.You can find me onYoutube | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Website 1/4/2020Having binged on the TV-series Kingdom, I had very high hopes for this comic. Unfortunately, those were not met. Where Kingedom is balanced, this had too man bells and whistles - and not enough plot for me to be amused by it. The story was far too short for the content it tried to fit in and so it felt very rushed.You can find me onYoutube | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Website
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  • Duane
    January 1, 1970
    https://barharukiya.wordpress.com/202...It seems a bit, well, off, to be discussing a zombie apocalypse story amongst the current COVID-19 pandemic, where over a third of the worlds population (at the time of writing) are in some kind of lockdown. But hey, thats where we’re at. The Kingdom of the Gods is the Manwha (Korean Manga) that the Netflix show Kingdom is based up. For clarities sake, I’ve not yet watched Kingdom, though it is on my watchlist, so I’ve gone into this totally blind.The blur https://barharukiya.wordpress.com/202...It seems a bit, well, off, to be discussing a zombie apocalypse story amongst the current COVID-19 pandemic, where over a third of the worlds population (at the time of writing) are in some kind of lockdown. But hey, thats where we’re at. The Kingdom of the Gods is the Manwha (Korean Manga) that the Netflix show Kingdom is based up. For clarities sake, I’ve not yet watched Kingdom, though it is on my watchlist, so I’ve gone into this totally blind.The blurb for The Kingdom of the Gods tells us that Joseon has been plunged into a war, a young prince, Yi Moon, see’s all of his bodyguards slaughtered and has to rely on a hired mountain mercenary, Jae-Ha, to help him return home to Jiyulheon. The period feels like a feudal Japan era, but the mention of Joseon places that in a period of time prior to the formation of Korea, somewhere between the 14th and 19th Centuries, though bits all still in a fantasy setting.The tale does some interesting things within the zombie genre, now these have all probably done elsewhere before, but In-Wan youn, Eun-hee Kim and Kyung-Il Yang have realised them exceptionally and made the whole thing highly coherent but to lay everything down here would spoil both the Manwha and (possibly) the TV show, but if you’re a fan of the genre, certainly give one or the other a chance.It’s the artwork that really gives the setting life and led me down the path of trying to track down the history of this book, which seems to have been wrapped up in a webcomic (that’s also vanished so I’m not sure if this is the webcomic printed in a book) before the writer of that went on to write the Netflix show, even so, the artist Kyung-Il Yang has done some phenominal work here. Jae-Ha in particular is a stunninly realised character that looks and feels dangerous in the coolest way possible. Action sequences play out over several pages at times and it mixes the horror with gore and the pacing of something like the fights in the anime adaptation of Bleach absolutely perfectly.What is unfortunate, however, is that it feels unfinished. The four chapters collected here absolutely fly by, especially with all the multi-page action sequences, and I’m not entirely sure if the story was ever continued after these four chapters were concluded but its left me wanting more and definetly now itching to watch the Netflix show. If it was indeed abandoned in favour of that I do hope that Viz can tempt the trio to return to it. Especially as, in order to flesh the book out, Viz have included an additional, slightly shorter story at the back of the book thats also pretty entertaining, but the main feature is worth picking this up for in itself.
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  • Natalie
    January 1, 1970
    I received an advanced reader copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review via netgalley and the publishers.This graphic novel is the inspiration behind the Netflix show the Kingdom. I enjoyed the advance reader copy I was sent but would have much preferred it to have been in colour. The script is very basic and not much of a plot is present at this stage. I'm going to give the show a watch next.
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  • Juliana
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed reading the inspiration for the Netflix show and now I plan to binge the show.
  • Paola
    January 1, 1970
    The Netflix show Kingdom is one of those shows that gets recommended to me often. It’s been on my list but I’ve yet to actually watch it. I have been spending more time reading than watching to be honest. Still, I do know that there are zombies and that it was adapted from this manga.I cannot give a comparison on manga vs show in this case. What I can talk about is what we’ve got here. This book contains two separate stories— The Kingdom of the Gods and Burning Hell. They’re unrelated tales so l The Netflix show Kingdom is one of those shows that gets recommended to me often. It’s been on my list but I’ve yet to actually watch it. I have been spending more time reading than watching to be honest. Still, I do know that there are zombies and that it was adapted from this manga.I cannot give a comparison on manga vs show in this case. What I can talk about is what we’ve got here. This book contains two separate stories— The Kingdom of the Gods and Burning Hell. They’re unrelated tales so let me talk a little about them separately.The Kingdom of the Gods is about the crown prince, Yi Moon. He’s trying to get to the town of Jiyulheon safely in order to find the royal physician. He hires a mercenary, Jae Ha, on the promise of payment once they reach the town safely. The country is in shambles; they’ve been suffering through 7 years of endless war.Yi Moon is being pursued by the Il-wol Squadron who are out to kill him. But that isn’t the only danger out there. When the sun sets, all the dead come back to feed. Zombies—unrelenting and ravenous. The art in this is unapologetically brutal. The living dead don’t discriminate. Any meat is fair game.I thought this was great. I’d love to read more of their story. Their journey is clearly far from over.Now to tackle Burning Hell. This one is about a rivalry between two of the worst criminals from Korea and Japan. There is an island that both countries send their worst of the worst. When Juu is dumped there for his exile, he spends the next year trying to kill Kim Han who had previously killed everyone else who has come there before (by flaying their skin off). A crew of pirates come to what they think is a deserted island. It very much isn’t and an intense amount of slaughter ensues.This one was okay. In some cases you can root for a villain, but in this story I did not like either of them more and this just felt more like gratuitous violence just because. Really not my cup of tea.Of the two stories in this book, the first was vastly superior to the second for me.
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  • JenLovesBooks
    January 1, 1970
    Here's a toss up when it comes to this manga. That mainly had to do with my mixed feels with the first half of this book, and the second part not really keeping my interest. Yes, I came into this manga trying to compare it to the Netflix series (which, I really enjoyed), but I also knew it was its own story to tell. Even so, the first part was really different than the second half.I really loved the setup in the beginning, with the young prince and his newly found bodyguard. That was a story I w Here's a toss up when it comes to this manga. That mainly had to do with my mixed feels with the first half of this book, and the second part not really keeping my interest. Yes, I came into this manga trying to compare it to the Netflix series (which, I really enjoyed), but I also knew it was its own story to tell. Even so, the first part was really different than the second half.I really loved the setup in the beginning, with the young prince and his newly found bodyguard. That was a story I would have liked reading about throughout the manga. It had a great intro to the zombies that only wake at night (which is a very interesting take on the zombie apocalypse), but it seemed to change lanes really quickly, and not in the best ways. Nonetheless, this had enough to keep me coming back. But, as mentioned above, if you've come into this thinking about the Netflix series, try and forget most of that, because this isn't it (very few comparisons). But really, that last part was so different from the beginning. I'm hoping for more of the first half in the next volume. We'll see how that goes. ***I received this copy from VIZ Media LLC, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.***
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  • Xerxes
    January 1, 1970
    Seeing the original conception behind the hit Netflix tv series show does give us an insight of the Living Zombie Curse.I loved the Bandit, and how he was a former general as of such. And he had to go on a quest to save Yi Woon, the Prince.Some parts of the ARC were blurred.I also felt that the Doctor was a great character, and her personality and her viewpoint was more than enough to complement the reader. I would have wanted a more colourful art style.Kudos to adding the Loa! So does that mean Seeing the original conception behind the hit Netflix tv series show does give us an insight of the Living Zombie Curse.I loved the Bandit, and how he was a former general as of such. And he had to go on a quest to save Yi Woon, the Prince.Some parts of the ARC were blurred.I also felt that the Doctor was a great character, and her personality and her viewpoint was more than enough to complement the reader. I would have wanted a more colourful art style.Kudos to adding the Loa! So does that mean we'll get to see more of the spirits of evil working together? This had a Nioh Vibe to this so much.I really enjoyed this story, and good luck to Yi Woon for cleansing the country of evil.It is after all, true that the evil spirits do not exist today. And why? Because our ancestors got rid of it so we could live in peace.
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  • Sarah ('s Book Life)
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own. The Kingdom of the Gods by In-Wan Youn is a book that I tried to write a review for about 3 times. I really struggled with what to say about this book. Because things happened but then not enough happened at the same time. This volume is only 4 chapters long, with the bonus story Burning Hell that is also 4 chapters long, so it just cracks the surface of the I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own. The Kingdom of the Gods by In-Wan Youn is a book that I tried to write a review for about 3 times. I really struggled with what to say about this book. Because things happened but then not enough happened at the same time. This volume is only 4 chapters long, with the bonus story Burning Hell that is also 4 chapters long, so it just cracks the surface of the story by introducing the characters and the Living Dead Curse. I thought this volume/book was a really good start and introduction to the story, characters and the world. But it also wasn’t the easiest to understand at times, the pacing felt a little off to me, possibly because some things got a little lost in translation from the original Korean to English making some of the dialogue and the flow of the story feel a little off.I liked the characters, I especially like the dynamic between Doctor Su-Jeong, Jae-Ha and the Prince. I don’t remember his name or remember if his name is even mention honestly. It probably is but I just can’t remember it.There was definitely some very creepy moments; abandoned villages, cannibalism, the zombies themselves. The art style definitely upped the creepiness factor to this story. I do think that it has some very good visual horror elements to it. But I didn’t feel much suspense while reading this story. Nor did I fear for the characters that much. By this I mean I wasn’t scared that they were going to die during this volume.I enjoyed reading this book but I wasn’t 100% gripped by this story. For me, I found that it was just an easy, quick read that wasn’t that memorable. Definitely a good start with a decent amount of intrigue, and a different take on the whole zombie plague by setting this story in the Joseon period (1392–1897 Korea, the exact date isn’t stated when this is set) and calling it the Living Dead Curse. I liked that it wasn’t the typical way that such a virus spreads. Rather than it being air born and being bitten or scratched by a zombie this is spread in a pretty horrific way. I’m not going to say how exactly it’s spread because that would definitely spoil it.Also, I liked that the zombies aren’t active the whole time. It’s only at night, when the sun is down, that the dead get up, walk or run (yeah these are fast zombies) and eat people. It’s not great for one of the characters that can’t see when the sun goes down. They can’t see at all and it’s hinted that has been caused by past trauma.Overall, I found this book interesting. I liked the art style but sometimes thought that there was a little too much detail at times. More so during action scenes where there was just a lot visually to take it. I think that it’s a good start to a story but I don’t know if I found it enjoying or memorable enough for me to want to read the next one. Bonus story: Burning Hell Blurb: In ancient times, Japan and Korea would send its criminals to a penal colony called “Kyokudo”, situated in the channel between the two nations. There the cannibal Juu was sent for murdering over a thousand warriors while in Edo. Yet for an island meant for criminals, there was but one Korean medic, Han, exiled from Korea for killing and dissecting over a thousand people. There is also a bonus story included in this volume, which I actually found more entertaining than The Kingdom of the Gods. I think this was probably because it had a slightly more lighthearted feel to it. There was humour there and it didn’t take itself too seriously.It is a story about convicts that get sent to an island between Korea and Japan. They have no outside contact and are stuck there. Events lead to just two convicts, one from Korea and one from Japan, being the only living convicts on the island. And they want to kill each other.I actually forgot that there was a bonus story included, so I was initially a little confused about why it was there.I found the fights between Juu and Han to be pretty entertaining. And a little weird. Especially as they somehow seemed to communicate and talk to each other without either knowing the other’s language.This isn’t a self-contained story, there’s a very open ending as if there should be more. From what I have managed to find about this story is that it was originally released in 2008 and hasn’t had any news or new releases since.One thing is though is that if you get this volume of The Kingdom of the Gods you get a bonus story lifts the mood after you finish it.
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  • Dylan Schnabel
    January 1, 1970
    An Advance Reader Copy was provided to me by the publisher on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.The Kingdom of the Gods is a four-chapter manga based off of a Korean webcomic that's finally getting a translation into English. This version also includes a bonus story called Burning Hell, also grouped into four chapters. Both stories are by the same authors, and they play with somewhat related themes. Kingdom of the Gods takes up about the first 165 pages, and Burning Hell fills up the la An Advance Reader Copy was provided to me by the publisher on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.The Kingdom of the Gods is a four-chapter manga based off of a Korean webcomic that's finally getting a translation into English. This version also includes a bonus story called Burning Hell, also grouped into four chapters. Both stories are by the same authors, and they play with somewhat related themes. Kingdom of the Gods takes up about the first 165 pages, and Burning Hell fills up the last hundred or so.Kingdom of the Gods is a story of a young prince, who was thought to be dead, doing his best to get back to his home. He's paired up with a bandit named Jeha. We quickly learn Joseon (Korea) has suffered an extended famine and has recently been suffering due to wars, as well. Imun, the prince, and Jeha face multiple obstacles, including assassins sent from a group attempting to take the throne and the main attraction, zombies. The story is fairly straightforward, and it's a nice little horror story. It doesn't feel finished, though, which is a large part of the issue I have with the first story. The art is quite wonderful, although some of the multi-page action scenes get a little too hectic to follow along, but it also feels at home in a horror manga where the danger takes place in the dark. Essentially, if you're looking for a well-done zombie short story in manga form, this isn't the worst you could do. I can see a lot of potential here, but as it stands, the manga doesn't realize its full potential.The second half, Burning Hell, is also pretty exciting. We start with a brief overview of a shared prison island, and then we move into a prisoner dropoff. This man is one of the most feared Japanese criminals, one who has killed hundreds and hundreds of people. He shortly realizes he's not alone, as one of the more feared Korean criminals is also on the island. They, uh, don't get along. We skip some time until a pirate ship lands on the island, and then our two characters must decide how they will handle the new threat... or if they'll even stop fighting each other long enough to care. The art here is very similar, which makes sense considering it's the same pair behind this story as well. The action here is a little harder to follow, though, due to the art, but it has some downright stunning scenes. This story also feels unfinished. The ending here is much more palatable, in my opinion, but there's so much room for more. Enough room, in fact, that a second phase was announced back in 2008. Between the two stories, you've got a fun zombie horror story and an action-packed manga that's more-or-less mostly combat. Is either the best at what they do? No. Is it worth the relatively low cost of admission? I'd say so. It's a quick read, though, coming in at under 300 pages, with most of those taken up by action sequences.
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  • Online Eccentric Librarian
    January 1, 1970
    More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ What we have with Kingdom is a pair of stand-alone horror stories set in historical Korea (Joseon). The first story is a standard zombie fest that, while it has an arc, doesn't really have much in the way of resolution. The second story is just torture porn and failed to keep my interest past the first few pages. The art is a bit rough, the characters a bit cliche'd, and the plots just enough to give some structure to More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ What we have with Kingdom is a pair of stand-alone horror stories set in historical Korea (Joseon). The first story is a standard zombie fest that, while it has an arc, doesn't really have much in the way of resolution. The second story is just torture porn and failed to keep my interest past the first few pages. The art is a bit rough, the characters a bit cliche'd, and the plots just enough to give some structure to the horror but not enough to be a satisfying read.Story 1: The country's prince's bodyguard has been killed while they were on the run. The prince turns to a bandit to help him get back to the capitol, promising a hefty reward. But along the way, they discover that the people are starving and now coming back from the dead as well. When they chance upon a young doctor, they will attempt to discover how this zombie disease started.Story 2: A Japanese cannibal mass murderer brute is sentenced to the same deserted island between Japan and Korea as an elegant Korean doctor sentenced there for his vivisections and killing people for science. With only the two left on the island, who will win and get the joys of eating his victim?The first story was fairly interesting though there was nothing new there in terms of plot. Idealistic young female doctor, young brave prince who wants to be a good ruler, and a bandit who used to be a general in the army and was disillusioned when the king fled the battlefield and left his company for dead. In the midst of that, there is the outbreak of the zombies and an elite ninja group attempting to assassinate the prince once and for all.The second story is just torture porn as the two men cut each other up while crowing about how they will eat what's left. Not really my kind of story, to be honest.In all, there wasn't enough here to really recommend this book. I do enjoy K-movies and will likely start watching Kingdom to see if there is something interesting there. But as for how this was the inspiration, it would have to be a pretty thin thread because there wasn't that much story here. Reviewed from an advance reader copy provided by the publisher.
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  • Kristina | kristinaandthebooks
    January 1, 1970
    This manga opens with a child proclaiming to be a prince being transported to the city of Jiyulheon by Jae-ha, who appears to be nothing more than a simple street rat looking for an easy payday. The two unlikely travel companions stop in a small town and we quickly discover things are not what they seem in this world. The story goes on to feature shadow warriors, fast paced battles and even zombies. The art style of this manga is creepy, goey and highly detailed. This story is not for the faint This manga opens with a child proclaiming to be a prince being transported to the city of Jiyulheon by Jae-ha, who appears to be nothing more than a simple street rat looking for an easy payday. The two unlikely travel companions stop in a small town and we quickly discover things are not what they seem in this world. The story goes on to feature shadow warriors, fast paced battles and even zombies. The art style of this manga is creepy, goey and highly detailed. This story is not for the faint of heart! Netflix adapted this story into an anime series, which I sure is very well done. There is a major cliffhanger at the end of this manga, so I’m assuming a sequel will be announced in the near future. —-----There is a secondary story included in this volume entitled Burning Hell. This story takes place on an island between Japan and Korea, where murderers and other irredeemable criminals have been sentenced to live out the rest of their lives. We’re given an extremely violent introduced to this island and it’s inhabitants before fast forwarding a year into the future when pirates have arrived and believe the island to be deserted. I initially thought this story would tie into The Kingdom of the Gods as a prequel, but that never happened. Instead, this story was mostly plotless with so much unnecessary, bloody body horror and violence. I hate to say that I’m desensitized to violence in media, but with its prevalence I believe that to unfortunately be true for the majority of us in today’s world. All that to say, I’m not opposed to violence in manga or books in general, but this was beyond what I was comfortable reading and seeing illustrated.—----- The titular story was a 3 star read for me, with the potential to get better as the story progresses in the next volumes. The secondary story was a 1.5 star that I would have DNFed if I wasn’t hoping for a correlation to the original story contained in this volume.I received a PDF of this title from Netgalley for review
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  • Ruthsic
    January 1, 1970
    Warnings: body horror and gore; graphic violence; cannibalism The Kingdom of the Gods has two horror stories in a historical setting - one with zombies invasion in Joseon, and the other with a cannibal and a serial killer stuck on a deserted island. The first one is about a young prince, who escapes from the palace and is on the run from assassins, and asks a bandit to deliver him to a city where the physicians train. Said bandit is a former general or something, and through flashbacks we see th Warnings: body horror and gore; graphic violence; cannibalism The Kingdom of the Gods has two horror stories in a historical setting - one with zombies invasion in Joseon, and the other with a cannibal and a serial killer stuck on a deserted island. The first one is about a young prince, who escapes from the palace and is on the run from assassins, and asks a bandit to deliver him to a city where the physicians train. Said bandit is a former general or something, and through flashbacks we see the erosion of his loyalty from serving a cowardly king; he doesn't put much stock in the aristocracy and agrees for 60 gold coins. The prince and he, in their journey there, have to pass through a village where death is in the air, and the living who are left have turned to cannibalism to survive. At night, though, the zombies rise, and they also have to fight off the assassins tracking them. Then they encounter a physician who saves them, and mends the bandit; she reluctantly agrees to take them to the city, where an even bigger secret holds it. The second story is about a cannibal from Japan and a doctor with a penchant for dissecting bodies, from Korea, both being abandoned on a prison island where both countries dump their most fearsome prisoners. The cannibal arrives thinking he has a whole island of prisoners to fight off, but apparently the doctor has taken care of everyone else. While they can't understand each other due to language barriers, they do understand the violence in the other, and they are then locked in a battle for killing the other off, until a year later when a pirate docks on the island, carrying a precious living cargo. These two then have to team up to defeat the pirate who has dabbled in occult practices making him and his cronies difficult to kill. Okay, so both the stories have the problem with not having a satisfactory enough ending - both are left open-ended, and we don't have much information about the 'start' of the first story to begin with, so the stories have to read like 'oh so this is happening I guess'. The artwork has a lot of gore, and violence, obviously, but the second one goes a bit over-the-top with the depiction of it, practically gratuitous in the way it portrays the fight scenes between them. Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review from Viz Media LLC, via Edelweiss.
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  • Mari
    January 1, 1970
    This is my honest review of The Kingdom of the Gods graphic novel. I was able to be able to read an advanced copy of this novel from the publisher via an ebook through NetGalley.This graphic novel is said to be the inspiration behind the Netflix TV show the Kingdom. I was intrigued to read it to see if I found something new out or if the story was the same.This graphic novel contains two different stories, one which inspired the kingdom, and one that is another thing entirely. The artwork is ama This is my honest review of The Kingdom of the Gods graphic novel. I was able to be able to read an advanced copy of this novel from the publisher via an ebook through NetGalley.This graphic novel is said to be the inspiration behind the Netflix TV show the Kingdom. I was intrigued to read it to see if I found something new out or if the story was the same.This graphic novel contains two different stories, one which inspired the kingdom, and one that is another thing entirely. The artwork is amazing, and I enjoyed looking at it while reading. The first story is focused on zombies, a young prince, and his hired bodyguard. I enjoyed this story- although short. I will as I expected more after it ended, I was a little disappointed by that. However, perhaps I should not have expected a long drama like the show. I would be interested in reading the story should it continue.The second story is in no way related to the first. It focuses on serial killers, pirates, and magic spirits. I did enjoy it for the short story it was, I would like to have had more character development for the female. I think it was drawn well and offered an interesting short read with potential for a story continuation.I would recommend this graphic novel for anyone who enjoys manga style with action. I think this can offer readers a good 1-2 hour read. However, I would not recommend this book if you are looking for this book to be just like or if the Netflix show. It is a nice short story graphic novel to enjoy.
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  • Lou (Lou and Life)
    January 1, 1970
    Advance Reader Copy was provided to me by the publisher on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.I was intrigued by this manhwa as it was the story that the Netflix original series Kingdom is based on. I haven't watched Kingdom yet as I am afraid that the gore will trigger me, so I wanted to read the manhwa to get a sense on whether or not I could take watching the TV series. Unfortunately for me, I really enjoyed reading this book and now I want to watch the TV series and probably scare my Advance Reader Copy was provided to me by the publisher on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.I was intrigued by this manhwa as it was the story that the Netflix original series Kingdom is based on. I haven't watched Kingdom yet as I am afraid that the gore will trigger me, so I wanted to read the manhwa to get a sense on whether or not I could take watching the TV series. Unfortunately for me, I really enjoyed reading this book and now I want to watch the TV series and probably scare myself to death.The plot of the book is focused on the young crown prince attempting to evade his assassin's after a failed plot has left him without bodyguards. He teams up with a bandit, and they are trying to get the prince to safety and survive not only the assassins but the zombies too. I really enjoyed the plot because it was constant action, but there was a lot of story world building as well. I also thought that the idea that the zombies would "go to sleep" during the day was also unique, but then I haven't read a lot of books or watched a lot of things with zombies in them. I'm really intrigued to see what will happen next because the end of this book was left on a cliffhanger. I also want to know how the zombies came to exist. There was some background given, but I am looking forward to seeing the full origin story of the zombies.I also enjoyed looking at the artwork. I didn't find the gore depicted to be triggering as it is in black and white, which I consider it to be a blessing.In regards to the characters, I did like the crown prince and the bandit, but I would say that I don't particularly have a strong emotional connection to them just yet. I think once I read more from these characters I will become more attached and invested in their storylines.Overall, I really enjoyed reading this manhwa and I can't wait to see what will happen next. I am also more likely to watch the Netflix series now because I want to see how things were adapted.
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  • Gareth Townsend
    January 1, 1970
    *Thank you to Netgalley for giving me an ARC copy of this manga in exchange for an honest review*This book contains two unrelated horror stories set in historical Korea. The first is about a young price who hires a bandit to get him to a city, whilst the living dead come to life when it goes dark. The second is about two blood thirsty murderers exiled to an uninhabited island between Japan and Korea.The first story was very enjoyable, I found myself invested in the character of the prince and wa *Thank you to Netgalley for giving me an ARC copy of this manga in exchange for an honest review*This book contains two unrelated horror stories set in historical Korea. The first is about a young price who hires a bandit to get him to a city, whilst the living dead come to life when it goes dark. The second is about two blood thirsty murderers exiled to an uninhabited island between Japan and Korea.The first story was very enjoyable, I found myself invested in the character of the prince and wanting to know more about him whilst also enjoying the way that the zombie element of it had been written and created. The downside to this story was that there didn't seem to be a concrete ending so it felt odd to move to a completely different story. I would have loved this to be longer. The second bonus story was fun, both of the characters are truly despicable people and watching them try to kill each other, whilst also attempting to put their own personal blood feud aside for a common goal was interesting. This was much more a slasher horror style story, as opposed to the zombie horror of the first. Overall I enjoyed this book, it was fun to read, I read each story in one sitting, and has made me want to go and watch the Netflix series that was inspired by it.
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  • Helen Hinkley
    January 1, 1970
    Really enjoyed both of the stories in this book, both for different reasons. I think the first half of the book was an interesting take on the classic zombie store, adding an element of politics to the story. The emphasis on desperation in regards to food and how for some it is more valuable than gold is a great addition to the story.The second story was an enjoyable light read with some extra more gruesem elements. The banter included between the two main characters made it really enjoyable and Really enjoyed both of the stories in this book, both for different reasons. I think the first half of the book was an interesting take on the classic zombie store, adding an element of politics to the story. The emphasis on desperation in regards to food and how for some it is more valuable than gold is a great addition to the story.The second story was an enjoyable light read with some extra more gruesem elements. The banter included between the two main characters made it really enjoyable and fun the read. Would recommend to others who enjoy the genre.
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  • Halee Denise
    January 1, 1970
    arc provided by the publisher and netgalley in exchange for an honest review I really enjoyed this manga. It was creepy, bloody and full of action and murder. Exactly what I would expect from a story featuring zombies. The characters really grew on me by the end and I would love to continue on with story and learn more about the zombies and how everything about them came to be. I did not enjoy the bonus story at all. 3/5 ⭐️TW: death, murder, violence, blood, death of a child, zombies, canibalis arc provided by the publisher and netgalley in exchange for an honest review I really enjoyed this manga. It was creepy, bloody and full of action and murder. Exactly what I would expect from a story featuring zombies. The characters really grew on me by the end and I would love to continue on with story and learn more about the zombies and how everything about them came to be. I did not enjoy the bonus story at all. 3/5 ⭐️TW: death, murder, violence, blood, death of a child, zombies, canibalism
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  • Amanda K
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to Edelweiss for the e-arc!Solid pair of stories with all the hack and slash gore you could want. Zombies in the first one and pirates in the second. If you came here because you saw Kingdom on Netflix be aware that this is nowhere near as developed dramatically, it's much more a jump-scare. Still, a fun, bloody romp.
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  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    *Thank you to Netgalley and VIZ Media for giving me an ARC of this manga in exchange for an honest review*This manga is comprised of two stories unrelated to one another (as far as I can tell). The first is about a young prince hiring a bandit to bring him safely to a city of doctors while the dead around them rise at night. The second is of a cannibal and a sadistic murderer battling it out on an island that is a dumping ground for criminals.The first story was enjoyable enough. I was intrigued *Thank you to Netgalley and VIZ Media for giving me an ARC of this manga in exchange for an honest review*This manga is comprised of two stories unrelated to one another (as far as I can tell). The first is about a young prince hiring a bandit to bring him safely to a city of doctors while the dead around them rise at night. The second is of a cannibal and a sadistic murderer battling it out on an island that is a dumping ground for criminals.The first story was enjoyable enough. I was intrigued with the story and I thought the zombie concept was done in a somewhat unique way. I also cared about the characters of the story. Unfortunately though for me, it wasn’t a home run. I found some mistakes in the writing, the artwork felt unfinished (I had troubles figuring out what was happening in some panels), and the prince goes from being called 60 RYU to 70 RYU for seemingly no reason. I also found the ending unsatisfying. The second story was an odd one. It was basically just a gore fest without a substantial plot. Most of this one was fight scenes, and with the darkly shaded artwork I found it hard to decipher what was happening at those parts. The ending of this story was also too dark for my liking.Overall, this manga was okay. I didn’t love it but I didn’t hate it either. I think I would have preferred a longer version of the first story instead of including the second story.
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  • Nayla
    January 1, 1970
    So far, the book is not much like the series and is more like standard manga fare. I wouldn't have read it if I hadn't enjoyed the series and I will continue to read it hoping to learn more about the world, but other than the amazing artwork, I wasn't impressed.
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  • stєphєn wєst
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed reading this manga and it satisfied my thrust for horror manga, in the same thread as Junji Ito. I had no idea this was used to inspire a Netflix show, which I now want to binge watch,
  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    Really enjoyed this! The art style is great and the stories themselves are interesting and fun. I like this take on zombies as well. Definitely recommend.
  • Al Burke
    January 1, 1970
    Review to come.
  • Chelsea
    January 1, 1970
    A huge thank you to Viz Media for providing me with an eARC of this graphic novel via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This book is currently set to be published in July 2020 The Kingdom of the Gods was not as fascinating in execution as it was in concept. The art style was mediocre (for my taste) and the storyline itself felt very choppy and unfinished. I enjoyed the time period that it was placed in, but I feel as if these previous two factors detracted from my reading experience A huge thank you to Viz Media for providing me with an eARC of this graphic novel via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This book is currently set to be published in July 2020 The Kingdom of the Gods was not as fascinating in execution as it was in concept. The art style was mediocre (for my taste) and the storyline itself felt very choppy and unfinished. I enjoyed the time period that it was placed in, but I feel as if these previous two factors detracted from my reading experience. I am not an all-things-zombie fanatic, however, so maybe this will be more appealing to readers with different interests. I have never seen the Netflix original zombie series (movie or series?) "Kingdom", but maybe if I did the story would have better flow and I would have been more absorbed or invested.
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  • Sara
    January 1, 1970
    In this volume, we have unrelated stories in one: The Kingdom of the Gods, where small Prince Yi Moon is trying to escape assassination and death at the hands of The Living Dead, and Burning Hell, a story of two cannibals exiled to a deserted island battling it out to see who gets to carve the other up. In The Kingdom of the Gods, we travel with three rag-tag people to a city of doctors, only to find out that a plague turning corpses into zombies is raging through the land. The prince is determi In this volume, we have unrelated stories in one: The Kingdom of the Gods, where small Prince Yi Moon is trying to escape assassination and death at the hands of The Living Dead, and Burning Hell, a story of two cannibals exiled to a deserted island battling it out to see who gets to carve the other up. In The Kingdom of the Gods, we travel with three rag-tag people to a city of doctors, only to find out that a plague turning corpses into zombies is raging through the land. The prince is determined to figure out how this started, and at the end of the volume, we are left with him fleeing the city, vowing to come back and cure everyone. In Burning Hell, our two criminals have a distinct appetite. One is a skilled doctor who likes to slowly cut people apart. The other is a raving cannibal determined to eat the "good" doctor. Then, after an absurd time jump leaves us without resolution during their big battle, pirates show up to make their sacrifice of a holy young virgin to the Loa gods in order to amass more power. This turns in to a three-way battle for who gets the girl for their own purpose, and the story ends with two still embattled. The main storyline of Kingdom is interesting and leaves me with lots of questions I want answered. The zombies are gruesome and the gore in this story is not understated. However, by the end of it I was left wondering if there were plans to make a second volume of this web comic so that I could find out if Yi Moon actually saves everyone, and what the battle is that Jae-ha is fleeing from in his memories. Burning Hell was an exercise in grotesque that didn't need to be shared. The narration oscillates between flurried and confusing fight scenes, and descriptions of eating people or killing people. Despite the narrative heeby-geebies, the art of this story is very detailed. There is a lot of heavy shading that is similar to JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. VIZ has this as Teen Plus, but I wouldn't give this story to any teenager if it still had Burning Hell as part of the book.Sara's Rating: 4/10Suitability level: Grades 11-12 for Kingdom, Adult for Burning HellRead more graphic novel reviews at www.graphiclibrary.org.
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