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Average: 4.9 (29 votes)
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Fantasy Age 13+ · NETCOMICS
Vol.6 Ch.4 Updated : 01.20.06Next Update: TBA

Born into a shaman family, Sunbi has inherited the power to see and communicate with spirits just like her grandmother, a notable shaman and savior of their little fishing village in the South Sea. Early on, she sees things like an imposter shaman being thrashed by a dragon of the deep, and doesn't understand that none of her schoolmates can see such things. Her powers make her the amorous target of hedonistic demons even as a child. Long shielded from the reality of her power, she finally learns the secret of her mother's death, and why her grandmother was never able to leave their village. Enter Sunbi's world in this mind-boggling psychological chiller! This series has been put on hold after volume 6. We will notify when it resumes.

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SUNBI
Just like her grandmother and mother, Sunbi inherits the ability to see demons, spirits, and gods. After her mother passes away, Sunbi grows up under her grandmother's sheltering wing.

OKBOON
Okboon is Sunbi's granmother on Sunbi's mother's side. Okboon was once a powerful shaman in their little fishing village, but when the village loses its vitality Okboon's spiritual power also becomes weak and she discontinues her ritual performances.

SOLBANG
Solbang is Sunbi's family and only friend that grew up together with her since Sunbi was a little girl.

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Marley

Physicists think the world is made of atoms, biologists think the world is made of cells, musicians think the world is made of vibrations, painters think the world is made of lights, and Marley thinks the world is made of stories. More about Marley Marley is enveloped in a feeling that her self is always reflected on her characters because she tends to conceive her stories from a casual process similar to journal writing. She hopes to create stories that everyone can respond to regardless of his/her gender, race, and nationality. She loves all the dreamers and storytellers in this land.

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This moody, beautiful tale follows the life story of Sunbi Shin, a teenage girl forced to leave her small Korean fishing village after her grandmother's death to live with her estranged father's new family in Seoul. Raised by the grandmother, Sunbi barely knows her father, who abandoned her long-dead mother years before. But Sunbi's colorful past is filled with Dokebis, mischieveous Korean spirits and demons. Like her mother and grandmother, Sunbi can see and communicate with these demons, an ability first manifested at a village ritual that calls forth a dragon to help bring the village a prosperous year. The dragon responds but can only be seen by Sunbi and her grandmother; there we begin to learn the story of a family of spiritual seers, simultaneously respected and feared for their supernatural abilities. Sunbi's spiritual gifts mark her as different, alienating her from adults and from classmates. Marley's b&w drawing of the dragon undulating across the page is breathtaking. Her drawings are crisp, natural and packed with the graphic details of Korean traditional dress and rich in the vivid emotions and mental states of her characters. As Sunbi comes to grips with her grandmother's death and her new family, we're introduced to the mystery surrounding her mother's life and death, clearly setting the scene for much more to come in subsequent volumes.
- Publishers Weekly

One of the interesting things about this series is that each book, which contain two chapters each, pretty much stand alone as a reading experience. It is clear as you begin that the main character, Sunbi, can interact with the spirit world. She can see and talk to ghosts and demons others cannot see. She is also being threatened by evil beings that want to posses her. So this time she looks to enlist the aid of friendlier Dokebi by tricking one into her servitude. Meanwhile a classmate of hers is convinced there is something about Sunbi that she is hiding and he plans to find out what it is. The interaction of the characters in this drama is critical to understanding them. There are friends, relatives that are forced together, flashbacks to other times and the spirits take us to another whole world with their own habits and rules. For example, the Dokebi don't even have names - the concept is new to them. One particularly fine segment is Sunbi's attempt to help a displaced spirit find its proper place in the restaurant of a friend. It is cleverly plotted and executed. This all is wonderful exposure to the folklore and culture so foreign to us in the west. Her bonding with this Dokebi helper is fascinating on several levels. We see a somewhat adversarial beginning turn to friendship and no doubt loyalty in the future. The story is sure to turn dark later but this issue was pretty uplifting overall and a good choice to see if it deserves your attention.
- David LeBlanc, Comic Book Network Electronic Magazine

"Dokebi Bride" concerns a different breed of confused youth. This beautiful manwah (Korean manga) concerns Subi, a young girl who can't control the needy spirits who claw at her. Her shaman-mother is dead, and lacking guidance, the schoolgirl tricks a dokebi, a crude but clever forest god, into a magical marriage so that he will protect her. Between her own powers, and the antics of her mystic and ill-mannered husband, she helps those who have unresolved issues with the dead. The shenanigans of the dokebi, who drink, belch, scratch and love strange foods, contrast nicely with the strict society in which Sunbi barely gets along. Subi's pathos is a long time building, so it's best to start with Volume 1. Here, in Volume 5, she runs away after a rival shaman claims her grandmother's spirit tools. Leaving behind her magic wedding ring, Subi ends up working in the convenience store of a low-level gangster with a troubled conscience while her spirit-husband searches for her. The adults around her have no patience for a young girl whose pain they can't understand. Yet "Dokebi Bride" is not simply a story of supernatural teen angst. Despite her anger, Subi uses her pain to gain wisdom and, slowly, compassion.
April 29, 2007 - The San Diego Union-Tribune

Sunbi returns home after reuniting a ghostly grandmother with her grandson to find that the heir to her grandmother's shaman artifacts has arrived to claim them. Furious and grief-stricken over their loss and at the betrayal of her family (who callously delivered them to the interloper), Sunbi uses her mystical sword to break the tie with her hated father's home. Sunbi is taken in by Jonghan, a young man who assists runaways to find work and shelter. His favoritism toward her, his emotional instability, and Sunbi's frigid reserve lead to jealousy in her new household. Meanwhile, Sunbi's dokebi protector, Gwangsoo, discovers that a young man has taken over Sunbi's place in her father's house. This mysterious stranger, with compelling eyes like Sunbi's, also claims that Sunbi is his bride, which ignites the ire of the powerful and violent Gwangsoo. Marley is adept at presenting various theories on spiritual and psychic phenomena, as well as creating grittily naturalistic characters who can perceive and be possessed by spirits. Sunbi's struggle to survive mundane societal demands while nurturing her spiritual power fuels the conflicts in the manhwa. Readers interested in folklore and spirit mediums, as found in Her Majesty's Dog and Yurara, will be interested in this more complex and realistic series. Appealing to both older teens and adults, Dokebi Bride is strongly recommended for public libraries.
Starred review August 1, 2007 - Library Journal

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    5
    10.10.07
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    by far this is the best korean graphic novel i read, unlike many korean works it got character depth along with great storyline, the Art is also good and very suitable to the story, i like the way dokebi are drawn and i can't wait till i get my hands on the next chapter! I really took a risk the first time i bought the first 5 books together but i gotta say, it's one of the best manhuwas i picked in a loooong time and i'm really glad i picked it up, finaly i say Thanks to netcomics for bringing to us this piece of art! ^^

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    06.15.07
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    DOKEBI BRIDE, June 8, 2007

    A story of young Korean girl, Sunbi, who can see spirits that other cannot and living with society that does not accept it. As she grows older, she learns more about shamans and Dokebis from her grandma. She also becomes more isolated from society as she is the subject of ridicule from her classmates. The story is interesting adding a mixture of fantansy in a modern day of life in Korea. It is simple to follow each page as it leads to the next without being lost. The artwork is clear and concise as characters are distinguishable from each other, especially the beautifully drawn Sunbi. The Dokebis are spirits that may look scary, but are actually quite comical.

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    3
    03.19.07
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    Hey this story I am starting to like

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    5
    01.17.07
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    I only read this for the first time two days ago and already I'm hooked. Fantastic story full of spirits and fairytales, with both depth and humour.

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    5
    11.14.06
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    At least the text reads better in this title. The syntax isn't quite right but it's not bad to the point of being unreadable. I'll definitely see about buying this one.

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