Our protagonist wakes up three days later within the hospital, the one survivor of a bloodbath that claimed 24 lives at Inwang Mountain, leaving solely Zeha and mutilated our bodies in its wake. Zeha can’t bear in mind any of it, even when suspiciously well-dressed detective Kim Soo-hoon asks, revealing that related killings have popped up throughout the town within the days since. So Zeha returns to the mountain, in search of his personal solutions, solely to fulfill the person that was as soon as Beom Rock. His title is Haru (the character impressed by Jimin), and he’s an historic guardian of the gateway between the world of people and the world of beom. Haru helps Zeha bear in mind what occurred at Inwang Mountain three days prior…
Zeha did journey to Inwang Mountain with Hupo, the mysterious man with glowing eyes who’s revealed to have a haircut like David Bowie in Labyrinth. Hupo tells Zeha the story of his household, as promised: Zeha’s father was a beom and his mom was a shaman, tasked with guarding the gateway between the beom world and the human world. (It’s unclear if she took Haru’s job or in the event that they have been co-workers.) Yearly, on January sixteenth (additionally the day of the bloodbath), Zeha’s mom would sing a tune opening the gate for a short while. She fell in love with Zeha’s dad and allowed him to remain. That they had Zeha, and lived fortunately for a short time… till Hupo got here alongside. Hupo is a beom. He murdered Zeha’s dad and mom and, years later, has returned to do the identical to Zeha… however not with out getting one thing from Zeha first. Zeha has shaman blood operating by way of his veins, Hupo tells him, which suggests he can use the tune he realized from his dad and mom as a toddler to open the gate once more.
Zeha sings the tune, and unlocks the gate, additionally unlocking Hupo’s powers, within the course of. (They’ve been out of his attain for 4,000 years due to “a damned mutt such as you,” he tells Zeha.) Hupo makes use of his superhuman energy and claws to slash Zeha to the bottom, leaving him for useless. He assembles along with his beom pals—who, notably, usually are not all tiger-like, however resemble many various sorts of animals and creatures—able to proceed the struggle between beom and people.
Within the shadow of the mountain, days later, Haru makes an attempt to present Zeha consolation. “Let’s go, my pricey youngster,” Haru tells Zeha, nonetheless reeling from the restoration of his reminiscences. “Allow us to hunt the beom.”
I’ve solely just lately began studying webtoons, so struggles I’ve with this story may very well be points with frequent story buildings of the format, or normal webtoon media illiteracy. I disliked the non-linear storytelling, which jumped backwards and forwards between time limits due to Zeha’s jumbled reminiscence, however not in a means that labored for me when it comes to both constructing suspense or character growth. I might have prefer to see extra world-building achieved in these opening chapters. The promotion round 7Fates has teased how beom can mix into the human world, and there’s transient point out of that right here, however for probably the most half we keep so tight on Zeha, who spends most of his time within the hospital or in his reminiscences in these opening chapters, that we don’t get to discover Sin-si a lot but. Hopefully, we’ll have extra alternative in future episodes.
Extra positively, I proceed to like the scroll-driven construction of webtoons, which totally immerse you on this planet of the story with none edges. REDICE Studio, recognized for webtoons like Solo Leveling, produced the webtoon, with “co-planning” from HYBE and WEBTOON, and the artists use the format nicely, instantly taking part in with the gap between reader and character as Haru’s hand strikes in direction of the reader (e.g. changing into bigger and bigger) in among the opening “frames.” Fairly than tapping us, nevertheless, the finger is revealed to be touching Zeha, each an introduction to the character and a blurring of the road between Zeha and reader, marking us as on this journey collectively. Narratively, I like the supernatural stakes of this world, and am excited to fulfill the opposite characters who can assist Zeha, give him a discovered household, and proceed to complicate our perceive of what’s monstrous on this world.
Source: Den of Geek