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Fantasy Age 13+ · NETCOMICS
Vol.4 Ch.7 Updated : 11.03.08Next Update: TBA

In a medieval kingdom, within a fantasy universe completely unlike our own, they tell the legend of two adventure-loving boys from the countryside who set out on an epic quest to slay a powerful and fearsome dragon that threatened their world. The Tale of the Feramores elaborates the origins of the two heroes Det and Osen as they begin their journey, finding romance and battling their way to glory. Discover with them the wonders of their world, the horrors that afflict it and the struggles endured by a new mankind. Live the magic that flows through it all!

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Set in the medieval kingdom of Ralamid, a fantasy world all of its own embroiled in mystery and intrigue where anything can and will happen if needed. A young girl known as a Ferat, one who can prophesise fortune or dangerous fate witnesses with her own eyes a disaster waiting to happen as a fierce dragon, Noigin, the dragon of the dark is set to descend on their world without conscience and fear to conquer it ultimately. This dragon is supposed to be a creature of three-fold darkness and when it appears in that shape, it will command everything it wants. This particular Ferat has seen eighty years into the future and is believed to be one of the best seers the world has ever known, and whatever she sees never fails to come true. Lazarus, an envoy of the clan of the heavy eye discusses Aitenbara and the prophecy, also that their seer is the youngest ever known to their country, which gives them cause for concern. Once Lazarus sees the Ferat, he sees how young she really is and how little, but also how she is not human and scarred across one side of her face. When he finds she is of mixed blood, human and Gaderin his interest piques. Readers will love the setting of this manga, first in a series of volumes that touches upon the idea of those who can predict the future without failure, and also of their lives in this cleverly weaved tale of fantasy and flair in an original world penned by Gyojeong Kwon, who will show the reader how interesting that world is with the characters of Det and Osen getting to know each other more so as the story progresses to make this one for a Christmas present with a difference. IN SUMMARY: Fantastic story, elegant art, flowing robes and enchanting settings. Gyojeong Kwon is a manga-ka tipped for future greatness. The faces of the characters seem sculpted to perfection, while the Celtic style theme running through the manga is beautiful to the eye.

- Sandra Scholes for Active Anime, November 2008

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The Adventures of Young Det is billed as the story of "two adventure-loving boys who set out on an epic quest to slay a fearsome dragon that threatens their world." Presumably, at some point it will be just that, but this first volume serves as a prologue, focusing on the relationship between a powerful human sorcerer named Lazarus and the lovely Ferat, chief of a race of prophets. Lazarus, as we first meet him, is extremely talented and he knows it. Initially unimpressed with the Ferat, his admiration for her grows when he realizes her magical abilities exceed his own. Eventually the two strike up an agreement to teach the other their styles of magic. Unbeknownst to Lazarus, the Ferat is also keeping an eye on him because of a prophetic vision that indicates he will have something to do with the summoning of the dragon some eighty years hence. Many in-depth conversations about the universe's magic system follow and it's to Kwon's credit that these scenes manage to be more about the characters than magical mechanics. Lazarus palpably changes as a result of these lessons, and his growing feelings for the Ferat evolve quite naturally. Occasionally these discussions can get a bit wordy, and there are a lot of terms to get straight as well, but on the whole they're perfectly comprehensible and don't drag down the narrative. Quite a few intriguing questions are left at the end of this volume, and I get the overall sense that Kwon has plotted this tale very carefully. Will Lazarus actually be responsible for summoning the dragon? Will the Ferat and her home really disappear as some visions have indicated? Will the story continue to be as enjoyable when it actually gets to the epic questing? With beautiful art and a well-crafted story, The Adventures of Young Det gets off to a very good start in this volume. I look forward to reading more. Volume one of The Adventures of Young Det is available now.

- Michelle Smith for PopCultureShock, January 2009

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    5
    01.22.09
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    I'm more familiar with superhero comics. The world of Manga is new to me. That said, I'm really getting into it. Characters with fantastic or superhero powers appeal to me in particular. So it's probably not a surprise that this series is one I'm getting hooked on. First of all, there are the drawings. I think a cute Manga style would have done the tone of this story a disservice. "Young Det" is stylized in a way that fits the fact it is a fantasy. The characters look otherworldly, and the drawings are pretty in an almost ghost-like way. The story itself seems to be setting up a lot of elements I think will be interesting as it progresses. Someone earlier on this board said Lazarus was a "jerk." I think that's simplfying things too much. I think of him as someone who is young and has a lot of power. Those two combined can cause arrogance, and/or cause someone to make bad decisions. As they say, "He who has great power has great responsibility." I am curious to see how this is going to play out. Especially if his relationship with the Ferat ends up hurting him, or she's the one who ends up using her power in a harmful way (either towards him or the fate of the world). I'm looking forward to seeing how it all plays out. I also think the themes of power, corrupting that power, and romance getting in the way of everything are universal. I'm glad to be crossing over and reading a comic that's Manga/fantasy, and still has the same themes that I liked in "Spiderman," "Batman," etc. that I've liked from the time I got into comics as a kid.

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    01.17.09
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    I liked this chapter, especially in the portrayl of the ferat. It seemed to make a statement that in a race full of beautiful big people, she was plain, small, and scarred. The contradicting qualities of the leader and the peoples really seemed to draw me in.

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    01.17.09
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    When I first started reading this I was a little confused at what was going on and the attitude of lazarus kind of put me off. But the whole fantastical air of the story made it more appealing... At first I thought det was a shortened word for detective! haha! but yeah after reading a little further on I liked the way the characters were displayed. I liked especially the portrayl of the ferat. It seemed to make a statement that in a race full of beautiful big people, she was plain, small, and scarred. The contradicting qualities of the leader and the peoples really seemed to draw me in. The art has an certain affect that is appealing between the drawings of the characters are not cliched beautiful and flawless but rather attractive with the hint of imperfection that makes them seem more real. I also like the way that the romance between the ferat and lazarus is portrayed. It is also more realistic and less cliched as in the fact that the romance did not start off with one party or the other falling head over heels at first sight. All in all the fantasy, magic, and romance that is subtly woven together in this first volume is strangely appealing.

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    4
    01.16.09
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    The story itself is pretty interesting, theres a nice mix of magic and mystery about the whole situation, which it seems to be the major themes of this manhwa. I'm not so sure about the art used here, but of course that might be because i'm not used to this type of art before. overall, i would say this has its good points and im interested in reading more.

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    5
    01.13.09
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    I'm not used to the soonjung manhwa style art so I was reluctant to read this one. I feel like the expressions of the characters' faces are too calm all the time, seemingly unaffected by what's actually going on. But I understand that this is a mere style that I am not used to.
    My bigger qualm about this manhwa is the cliches of "adventure" genre manhwa that are presented and never developed. The main character, Lazarus is a genius and a jerk. This being one of the many main character cliches is not bad in itself. It's just that this is presented so strongly with nothing happening to the character.
    I believe cliches, especially in manhwa, are not avoidable. However, there is nothing changing with the conflicts of each chapter. Only new ones are presented. There is a big deal about a prophecy. Lazarus is stronger than everybody else and can't be controlled. By the way, people in his clan hate the Feras' clan. Oh, and did I mention that Lazarus needs to be clan cheif?
    There is a huge backstory that the characters talk about. But the emphasis is solely on discussing the way the society is set up and the technical things about the different magics as Lazarus and the Feras learn the opposing two.
    Which, along with other things, are very lame and meaningless. They're deciding on levels? How is that set up? Who decides that? Okay, so these people are really good magic. What? Lazarus is an Heir of the sun too? But I thought he was all into Dark magic? Dang all of a sudden they like each other and she's going to be lonely? There are too many complications of the story that have no purpose.
    This "adventure" manhwa is boring to say the least.

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